Lucas sets new 10-mile personal best at Godric 10

Velo Club Baracchi junior Lucas He underlined his credentials with a sizzling new personal best on Saturday in the Godric CC club time trial.

Riding in the 10-mile event on the A143 Bungay bypass from Earsham, Lucas bettered his previous ride on the same road by over a minute to win the event in a 20:28 personal best.

His father Alex He rode well and took third place.

Alex He (photo by Dominic Austrin)

The top ten times were Lucas He (VCB) 20:28, Paul Jay (Team Velo Velocity) 21:57, Alex He (VCB) 24:22, Graham Dilks (Norwich ABC) 24:37, Peter Johnson (NABC) 24:45, Tom Moore (GYCC) 24:45, Jo Walker (Godric CC) 26:47, Tracy Youngman (Rock Estate) 27:02, Jenny Anderson (GYCC) 27:08 and Barry Rogers (Bungay Black Dog RC) 27:17.

On the previous Tuesday in the Diss CC club 10 on the A143 from Billingford, Lucas He had ridden his second-best time of the year, 21:22, with his father Alex on 24:21.

The winner that night was Stuart Fairweather of Team Velo Velocity, with a new course record 20:46; two seconds off Mark Richards’ record of last year.

VCB veteran John Swanbury scraped into the nationally popular Lea Valley CC 25-mile open time trial on the “E2” dual carriageways course at Newmarket as a reserve.

There were 155 places in the event taken by riders from far and wide and fifteen reserves.  Swanbury was thirteenth reserve and was pleased to get a start late on.

With a warm southerly it seemed right for a good ride with a tailwind return but Swanbury found it particularly blustery and difficult going out and was timed in at 1-04:29.

The top five were David Langlands (Team Bottrill/Vanguard) 47:01, Stuart Travis, Team Bottrill/Vanguard) 47:16, Adam Duggleby (Vive Le Velo) 47:45, James Rix (Team Bottrill/Vanguard) 48:30 and Mark Jones, DRAG2ZERO 48:42.

The top three women were Alice Lethbridge (DRAG2ZERO) 51:03, Vicky Gill (DRAG2ZERO) 54:04 and Katja Rietdorf (Born to Bike – Bridgetown Cycles) 56:30.

Fairly local riders’ times included Simon Scott (Anglia Velo) 52:49, Chris Nudds (CC Breckland) 56:19 and Nick Esser (Dap CC) 59:01

In New Zealand, VCB expat member Tim Cowan (aged in his mid-forties) rode in an Xterra 26km MTB event in Rotorua and was pleased with 20th place out of 147 finishers, which he modestly described as “not bad for an old roadie.”

In contrast to all this racing, John Thompson reported on a pleasant country ride to Peasenhall, Saxtead and Laxfield, taking in some 65 miles including some new ground resulting from a navigational error in the lanes.

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