Sudbury clean sweep topples Wheelers

AWAY YOU GO: Matt Shotbolt being pushed off by starter Brian Webber.
AWAY YOU GO: Matt Shotbolt being pushed off by starter Brian Webber.

CYCLE Club Sudbury’s second interclub of the year took place on Thursday with West Suffolk Wheelers coming down from Bury St Edmunds, in force, to compete on the Lavenham 10-mile course.

In all 45 riders took part on a dry but windy evening, but the Wheelers were to return to Bury empty-handed.

The fastest five riders from each team score points based on their finishing position.

The wind direction meant that the ride from Lavenham to Sudbury was more challenging but there was some help coming back up the hill.

For the third year running CC Sudbury completed a clean sweep of inter club events winning 234 pts to 219 pts with riders finishing first, third, fourth, sixth and seventh. The riders were Matt Shotbolt in 22 minutes 48 seconds, Simon Daw 23:11, Rob Davies 23:39, James Rush 24:13 and Damon Day 24:17.

Shotbolt’s ride was also a personal best time and effort put in was reflected in the exhaustion shown as he slumped in the back of his car after the ride.

Wheelers’ scorers were Dale Sturman 23:11, Alan Trulove 23:44, Richard Farrow 24:55, Chris Harley 26:33 and Ron Back 26:44.

Fastest junior was Tom Littlewood in 28:29 coming 22nd, fastest lady Sandra Mackay 26:55 and Jules Mumford improve by almost a minute in 17th with 27:30.

Several riders were in open action over the weekend and best performance came from Daw and Jonathan Weatherly who won their second two-up event at the 10.2 mile Victoria CC time trial.

On a day with strong crosswinds the team managed to hold together to produce a winning time of 24:10. The margin of victory was only 10 seconds but a second win puts the pair solidly in the lead of the series, so they should be able to win it, barring disasters.

Davies, Rush and Day competed in the CC Breckland 10 mile TT on the B10/3 course on the A11 near Wymondham.

Again strong winds resulted in slower than expected times with Davies recording 22:15, Rush 22:33 and Day 22:53.