A course record was broken as Cycle Club Sudbury organised one of the first open time trials of the new season from Lavenham on Sunday.
The aptly-named 22-mile Mad March Hilly Time Trial produced a record-breaking ride by Jason Bouttell, from Bury St Edmunds-based Team Velovelocity.co.uk, in a new course best of 49mins 42secs.
This bettered the existing record by 73 seconds and was almost certainly helped by near-perfect conditions with no rain, wind or icy roads to contend with as encountered in previous events.
Repeating his previous year’s result, Mark Arnold, from PedalRevoltion, again claimed runner-up spot with 50.28.
Andre Dyason, from Team Swift, rode the third fastest time, clocking 51.35, with Cycle Club Sudbury (CCS) rider Simon Wright, last year’s winner, having to be content with fourth place, just 19 seconds behind Dyason.
Rounding off the top five places was another home rider, Simon Daw, with a time of 53.24.
The fastest lady of the day prize went to CCS’s own Kirsty White in 1hr 9mins 52secs with teammate Denise Leeder only 20 seconds behind with a 1.10.12 ride which was over four minutes quicker than her effort last year.
Stowmarket rider Emma Beard completed the trio in a time of 1.15.42.
Team Velovelocity’s fastest three riders narrowly beat CCS’s fastest three to claim the combined team prize.
Seven members from the neighbouring Boxford Bike Club competed in the event, with Richard Porter fastest of the group in an excellent time of 59.20 for 20th place.
New to event organising, Jonathan Weatherley was rightly pleased with the day’s proceedings and was very thankful to the small army of club members who helped make it all happen.