New star for Sudbury as trophy is retained

TOP FORM: Jonathan Weatherley made a name for himself in the Interclub Trophy with Colchester
TOP FORM: Jonathan Weatherley made a name for himself in the Interclub Trophy with Colchester

Jonathan Weatherley starred as Cycle Club Sudbury (CCS)retained the Interclub Trophy with Colchester Rovers CC (CRCC) by just four points .

Held on the Lavenham 10 course in almost ideal conditions, a repeat win looked unlikely with CCS’s star rider Simon Wright missing from their line-up and CRCC fielding a very strong team.

But a new star emerged 
for the home team in the 
shape of a very in-form Jonathan Weatherley, who took overall honours in a time of 23 minutes and eight seconds.

With the fastest five 
riders from each club 
scoring, CCS also secured third fastest through Simon Daw (23.33), fifth through James Rush (24.07), seventh through Rob Davies (24.31) and ninth through Darren Pratt (24. 46).

These scores were 
good enough to win the 
annual contest 230 points to 226 points and keep the 
trophy in Sudbury.

A total of 43 entered the evening’s event with 20 riders from CCS and 16 riders from CRCC being eligible for the interclub competition.

The two previous Evening Series events saw visiting 
rider Mat Shotbolt secure 
fastest around the Acton 
circuit in 19.23, James Rush in second place in 20.01, 
Nick Baker in third in 20.42 and Rob Davies in fourth in 21.05.

The weather threatened to spoil proceedings on the Hitcham Hilly circuit and as a result only 13 riders took the start.

Rush recorded 33.38 for first place, followed by Pratt with 35.08 and David Crisp with 38.09s.

Fourth place went to Darren’s son Charlie with a very good 38.24.

The points positions as at May 9 sees Kirsty White 
holding a narrow lead with 
376 points over Jodie Downs’ 352 points, with Jamie 
Howe on 260 in third place.

On the Open TT circuits, the weather has played its usual tricks for CCS riders.

Daw suffered more than most on the North Norfolk Wheelers 100-mile event.

Having to contend with very strong winds from the start, he then endured a torrential downpour 30 miles from the finish and with the temperature plummeting, he gamely rode on with his hands almost frozen to the bars to record a time of 4.25.07sec ride for eighth place.

In complete contrast, Daw rode the EDCA Series 21-mile event and, although it was a hard technical course, he recorded 54.58 for one of his best rides so far.

Weatherley continued his rich vein of form in the King’s Lynn 10 mile with an excellent 22.44 for eighth place.

The female riders have also been active with Kirsty White and Denise Leeder riding their first ever 2-up competition in a 14-mile event at Chelmsford and recording 41.23.

White also rode the very wet and windy Cambridge CC 10-mile event recently in 29.04secs.

She was also one of four CCS riders entered on the E2 at Newmarket and along with Len Finch and Bob Bush, managed to finish in strong winds before the heavens opened.

Their times were 31.54, 31.42 and 35.37 respectively.

Rush was the other rider, but abandoned on course with the visibility almost down to zero on the A11 course after a huge downpour just after starting.

Damon Day rode a very competitive time in the 50-mile ECCA event, also on the E2 Newmarket course with 1.56.48.

Rob Davies recorded 1.59.04 on this very windy, but dry, event.