Sudbury trio break new ground to win team event
A trio of Cycle Club Sudbury members smashed the club’s record to win the team event at the Eastern Counties Cycling Association 50-mile time trial.
Held on the usually fast E2/50 course near Newmarket on Saturday, the wind was blowing across the course at 14mph which did not bode well for good times.
First rider off was Jonathan Weatherley followed 10 minutes later by Jody Downs riding in his first 50-mile time trial. About one hour later Rob Davies headed off onto the course which covers the E2/10 course for the first and last 10 miles of the 50.
As Davies completed his first 10 miles he could see Weatherley and Downs flying down the opposite carriageway on their way to the finish which spurred him on to get a good time. The course uses part of the E2/25 course and with the 14mph cross wind this was very quick with riders reaching 37 mph, on the flat, in places.
Davies reached the 40 mile point and looking at his time knew he needed to ride the last 10 miles in 22 minutes to beat his personal best time. At the final turn, the Four Wentways Roundabout, there is five miles to the finish and Davies completed this at an average speed of 28 mph to record 1 hour 52 minutes and 49 seconds beating his personal best be seven seconds.
Back at the headquarters, the results board showed Weatherly had ridden 1 hr 53 mins 29 secs and Downs 1 hr 54 mins 11 secs and combined with Davies’ time CC Sudbury had won the team event in a combined time of 5 hrs 40 mins and 29 secs.
This was enough to beat Twickenham by 27 seconds and smash the Cycle Club Sudbury record, previously held by Davies 1.52.56, Matt Traynor 2.14.17 and Damon Day 1.55.55, combined 6.03.08, by 22 minutes. Weatherley felt very unwell for first 30 minutes and Downs was in his first 50 TT so there is scope to see this record being improved.
Last week’s Interclub with Colchester Rovers was postponed due to the weather and this week’s club event takes place on the Brent Eleigh course starting at 7pm.