Team award for Sudbury as hot streak goes on

TEAM WORK: Simon Daw, who helped Cycle Club Sudbury capture the Plomesgate 25 mile Open Time Trial team award with his ninth place
TEAM WORK: Simon Daw, who helped Cycle Club Sudbury capture the Plomesgate 25 mile Open Time Trial team award with his ninth place
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Cycle Club Sudbury continued their winning streak in the Plomesgate 25-mile Open Time Trial around the roads of Rendlesham and Tunstall.

They secured first place in the team award by a narrow nine seconds from Ipswich BC, who were closely followed by Stowmarket and District in third place.

The riders who top scored for the Sudbury club were: Jonathan Weatherley (fifth) in 59 minutes 17 seconds; Simon Daw (ninth) in one hour, one minute and 12 seconds and James Rush (11th) in 1.02.04.

This takes the number of team awards to three this season and was a great effort in the presence of such stiff opposition from the larger clubs.

It’s also good to record that the number of club riders taking the plunge this year into open time trials is on the increase with a further five riders also competing in the Plomesgate 25.

Nick Baker rode an excellent 1.03.02 and was closely followed by Darren Pratt with a 1.03.38.

Jody Downs rode his first ever 25 and was rightly delighted with his time of 1.05.56. Kirsty White represented the ladies section and was rewarded with third fastest lady in 1.16.24, which was a personal best time (PB).

Elsewhere during the past weeks, the ‘super vets’ have been performing well with the pick of these being octogenarian Len Finch’s remarkable 28.02 time in the 10-mile ECCA event on the E2 at Newmarket.

Barbara and Terry Law have finally shaken of all their early season ailments and are beginning to record some competitive times with Barbara riding in the same event and recording a decent 30.55.

Bob Bush turned in a slightly quicker time of 30.47 to complete the ‘super vets’ times. The seniors also performed well at the same event with Damon Day fastest with a very rapid 21.58, followed closely by Darren Pratt on 22.08 and Jody Downs with a 22.45.

Day has also recorded the quickest time of the year so far in a 50mile TT with a 1.56.48 in the ECCA event on the E2.

Rob Davies rode a 1.59.04 in the same event which was all the more remarkable as it was his first open ride of the year.

Simon Daw keeps up his record of top 10 results with sixth in the Essex Roads 24 in 58.55 and a commendable seventh in Maldon CC’s 50-mile race in 2.04.39.

Jonathan Weatherley also keeps popping up in the top 10 with a best placing of fifth at the Plomesgate 25, eigth and PB time of 22.44 at the Kings Lynn CC 10 and ninth at the Ipswich BC 10 in 24.52.

He also took part in the National 10-mile TT championship held in Norfolk recently and recorded a good 23.10 time.

Jodie Downs rode a PB in 23.46 at the Stowmarket and District 10, which also saw David Crisp (24.55) Matt Traynar (26.04) and Len Finch (31.07) compete.

Kirsty White rode a personal best time at this event in 28.36 for second fastest lady, but topped this effort with a first fastest lady in the Ipswich BC 10 in 31.03.

In the popular Thursday Evening TT series, where riders score points for improving their times each week, White continues to lead the way with 601 points.

In second place, Jamie Howe with 443pts is closely followed by young Charlie Pratt on 424 and has new entry Matt Traynar closing in with 393pts in fourth spot.

Rounding off the top six are Jodie Downs (365) and Tom Moore (334).