Great support for Beccles Cycle for Life from VC Baracchi

Velo Club Baracchi cyclists were out in force to support the Beccles Cycle for Life ride on Sunday.

Some of the VCB riders after the event

Some of the VCB riders after the event

Members taking part in the charity fundraiser for the club included Chris, Pat and Mark Womack, Mike Wood, John Cooper, Paul Clarke, Mike Rainton, Keith Wink, Tim Revell, Steve Summons, John Swanbury and Steve Cone riding with his son Glen.

Chris Womack in  Beccles Cycle for Life

Chris Womack in Beccles Cycle for Life

They were among the 350-odd riders lined up to enjoy a sunny and breezy country ride, raising funds for East Anglian Air Ambulance and the charitable trust of the Beccles Rotary Club organisers. At least thirty-three Gt Yarmouth CC riders also took part.

Chris and Pat Womack

Chris and Pat Womack

The event was well-supported from many others in the Lowestoft area as well as from the Beccles area itself and riders from further afield. The organisers expect to raise about £8,000 for East Anglian Air Ambulance and their Rotary charitable trust.

More photos are on the event’s Facebook page

In Saturday’s Lea Valley CC 10-mile open time trial on the A11 from Six Mile Bottom to Four Went Ways and back, Chris Womack achieved 24:58 in windy conditions. The wind seemed to be against on the first leg but was actually more of a side-wind, so on the return the ride was not as quick as might have been expected.

John Swanbury was late to the start and recorded a disappointing 28:24, which included a 1:20 late start penalty. John Thompson rode in the middle-markers’ event that preceded the scratch event and his time was 30:21.

The fastest riders were Mark Jones (www 20:02, David McGaw (Cambridge CC) 20:25 and Joe Gorman (Full Gas Racing Team) 20:53 and in Thompson’s event the fastest was Alex Bailey (CC Breckland) 24:03.

The tandem winners were Mark Arnold (CC Desiragear) and Glenn Taylor Shorter (Rochford) in 19:23. Susan Triplow (Essex Roads CC) was the fastest lady with 24:12.

Most people agreed it was not a quick day and the wind was all over the place, so even though this is often a very fast dual carriageway course many were slightly disappointed.

Thompson also rode in the Wisbech Wheelers 25 on Sunday and the hard south-westerly wind across the Fens was a feature to struggle against, though he did beat “evens” (20mph) with 1-14:07. The winner was Daniel Bloy of Team VeloVelocity with 52:33.

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