Jonathan Weatherley broke the 20-year-old Cycle Club Sudbury 10-mile time trial record at the Hertfordshire Wheelers’ open competition.
He was competing in only his third 10-mile time trial of the year and his first on the F20/10 course.
On a warm summer’s evening, he covered the course at an average speed of just over 28mph, setting a time of 20 minutes and 51 seconds.
This beat his personal best by 27 seconds and broke the club record by one second.
Uncertain of the exact time of this long-standing record, it was not until the following day he knew he had beaten it when he received an email from a fellow club member confirming the good news.
The record had previously been set on July 12, 1994, by Scott Jones, who at one time held all the club’s records over all distances at 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles.
One by one over the years, these records have been broken, but the 10-mile record remained elusive and untouched, giving an indication of just how good Jones was and also how hard this particular marker was to break.
n The club time trial took place on the Lavenham 10-mile course and had a near-record turnout of 37 riders, swelled by Boxford Bike Club and Hadleigh Cycle Club.
Favourable conditions meant several riders set season’s best times and the event was won by Rob Davies in 22 minutes 53 seconds, from Jody Downs in a personal best of 23.06 and Darren Rule in 23.07.
Boxford Bike Club rider John Bradbury, a former Sudbury Rugby Club player, continues to improve at a rate of knots, clocking an excellent 23.27.
The points series is led by Dave Crisp on 479pts from Jamie Howe on 450pts.
This week’s event take place on the Brent Eleigh course (7.30pm).