Lucas He attempts a Junior National

Lucas He of Velo Club Baracchi took part in the RTTC 25-mile National Championship for juniors on the A3 road near Liphook and Liss in Hampshire.

Lucas achieved 59:56 and was placed 16th in a top-quality field. The winner was Oliver Stockwell of Welwyn Wheelers, who was the quickest of four riders under 51 minutes with 50:30, just over 29.7mph.

Lucas He’s time of 22:05 in the Godric 10 on July 24 won him the VCB 10-mile championship, though this fact went unmentioned at the time.

Paul Dennington of VC Baracchi won a hard-fought victory in last week’s Gt Yarmouth CC club time trial on their 10-mile Lound-based course.

Dennington’s time was 23:40 and he beat seventeen riders including three other riders capable of exceeding a 25mph average on the undulating course, headed by Louis Julian of DAP CC (23:46) and Jonny Hawes of GYCC (23:57).

Seven VCB riders took part in the Godric CC 10-mile club time trial last week, which attracted a field of twenty-four.

Simon Scott of Anglia Velo was the fastest rider with 21:33. Paul Hayward was VCB’s fastest rider with 22:31 for third place and Dennington backed this up with 22:49.

Other VCB times were Alex He 23:56, Paul Reed 24:53 and on the tandem, John Swanbury and Kate Churchill 23:42.

The weekend’s events included a Godric CC club time trial along the Waveney Valley Bungay bypass course, in which VCB’s Hayward took third place behind Louis Julian and Stuart Pryce (Team Pedal Revolution).

DAP CC’s Julian achieved 58:35, Pryce 58:44 and Hayward 59:44.  These were by far the fastest times, with Graham Dilks of Norwich ABC the nearest in 1-02:53.  It was a hot Saturday afternoon and Hayward described his experience as uncomfortable.

Chris Womack and John Swanbury rode in the King’s Lynn CC 25-mile open time trial between Fincham and Mundford and also suffered in the heat and northerly breeze, which impacted on the return leg.

Womack coped best.  He recorded 1-06:05 and Swanbury 1-10:39. There was some comfort to be taken from other times on the board.

The top time, however, was achieved by Commonwealth Games time trial silver medallist, 23-year-old Harry Tanfield, who rides professionally for the UCI Continental team of Canyon Eisberg but was entered as a Cleveland Wheelers CC rider.

Tanfield’s 50:15 gave him a fairly large margin over the second-placed rider, Matthew Senter of Team VeloVelocity, whose time was 53:52. The ladies’ winner was Chanel Mason of Storey Racing in 59:14, a margin of five minutes.

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