Sixty six riders of all abilities from all over East Anglia and London entered Cycle Club Sudbury’s annual open time trial event, fondly known as the Mad March Hilly TT.
They were met by glorious sunshine as they set off a week ago Sunday to tackle the 22-mile (35km) course.
Starting opposite the church at Lavenham, the riders headed to Great Waldingfield, Newton Green, Boxford and Hadleigh, before pedalling to Semer and Monks Eleigh before the finish line at Lavenham.
Home rider James Rush did the honours by being the first off at 8:01am and crossed the finish line 54 minutes and 29 seconds later, which was to give him a 13th place overall.
Nine other riders from the home club rode the event with Rob Davies (52.34) and John Bradbury (53.57) finishing in seventh and 10th positions.
Other local clubs had great representation: Boxford Bike Club fielded eight riders — many attempting their first competitive time trial — there were seven riders from Veloschils Interbike, with Colchester Rovers and West Suffolk Wheelers having six and five entrants respectively.
But fastest time of the day went to former course record holder, Simon Wright of the home club CC Sudbury, who rode the course in a cracking 51.05 which narrowly beat Andrew Leggett’s (Team Velo Velocity) time of 51.14 by second secs.
A remarkable performance by Hayley Simmonds (Team Velosport), whose time of 54.41 was not only good enough for third place overall but also good enough to achieve a new course record for women — which she had set last year — by nearly a minute.
Emily Robertson (CC Luton) was second fastest lady with a 53.48 with Lisa Haines (Maldon and District CC) in third place with a 1hr and 02secs.
The fastest team on the day went to Andrew Leggett, Ben Keeley and Gavin Moore of Team Velovelocity.
All of the main winners received prize monies kindly donated by Lifecycle UK of Bildeston with additional cash prizes for any course records broken on the day donated by Robins Row Insurance Brokers of Long Melford.
This included course records broken by either male or female riders from the CC Sudbury or Boxford Bike Clubs.
Samantha Segger, from the Boxford club, managed to break the women’s record in this category with a time of 1hr 05mins 31secs, which was a great achievement considering it was her very first time trial.
Darren Rule, CC Sudbury’s organiser of the event, wished to thank all the riders, sponsors and the many volunteers that helped on the day to make the event such a success.