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Speedy Downs breaks club time trial record

Bildeston Cycling Festival. Riders set off on the 105k Bildeston Lanes audax ride. ANL-150719-194847009
Bildeston Cycling Festival. Riders set off on the 105k Bildeston Lanes audax ride. ANL-150719-194847009

Cycle Club Sudbury’s time trialists were in action across the country in Hull, Bedford and Diss, with Jody Downs in outstanding form.

Having travelled 180 miles to Hull to ride the fastest 10-mile TT course in Great Britain, V718, Downs made the most of the favourable conditions to record the club’s first ever 30mph average speed TT.

Downs’ time of 19-56 broke Jonathan Weatherley’s club record of 20-31, set on the E2/10 course in 2014. Also riding was Rob Davies, who averaged 29mph to record a personal best time of 20-33.

In Diss James Rush recorded a fourth place finish on the single carriageway 25-mile TT in 57-49, with Damon Day ninth in 58-30 and David Fenn recording1-13-59.

Dave Crisp was in action on the fast F2D/10 course near Bedford, recording a personal best time of 22-16.

The club’s Thursday night TT took place on the Hitcham Hilly course with 18 riders taking part.

Justin Bellward had a strong ride, improving by over a minute in 34-50.

Lee Ford claimed second spot in 32-18, with Rush winning the event in 31-45. Rush’s time puts him in front in the competition for the fastest rider over the Sudbury four courses with six TTs remaining.

Tonight’s event is the club championship, taking place on the Lavenham 10 course.

n There were a good number of entries for Cycle Club Sudbury’s long distance Audax rides from Bildeston on Saturday, on what was a very pleasant day of clear or lightly clouded skies, although with a strengthening south-west wind during the afternoon.

The Suffolk Lanes Extravaganza (209k) attracted 59 riders on the day (including six CCS members), with 57 finishing the ride to the coast at Orford Quay and back, via Walsham-le-Willows, Halesworth, Wickham Market, Framlingham and Debenham. The wind during the afternoon made the return harder than the ride out.

The slightly shorter 100 Miles of Suffolk Lanes (168k) also had an excellent turn-out of 24 riding (three from CCS), with 23 successfully finishing. The ride to the coast shared some of the 209k route, via Thornham, Framlingham, Orford Quay, Wickham Market and Debenham, passing castles at Orford and Framlingham.

The biggest field of the day – 47 (five from CCS) - was not surprisingly for the 104k Suffolk Lanes Audax, a route linking many of organiser Robin Weavers’ favourite lanes in the Bildeston area, visiting Flowton, Ringshall, Needham, Cotton, Buxhall and Brent Eleigh.

All riders successfully completed the ride.

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