VCB members ride top times at Godric 10; tandem team at Risby

Mark Richards – photo by Dominic Austin

Velo Club Baracchi was well represented in the Godric CC 10-mile club time trial last week, with the top rides of the night.

Liam Gentry – photo by Dominic Austrin

Lucas He – photo by Dominic Austrin

VCB riders were Mark Richards 21:11, Liam Gentry 21:21, Lucas He 22:37, Paul Hayward 22:38, Paul Dennington 23:12, Alex He 25:29 (PB) and on the tandem John Swanbury and Ali Banks 22:54.

Paul Hayward- photo by Dominic Austrin

Paul Dennington- photo by Dominic Austrin

Swanbury and Banks – photo by Dominic Austrin

Richards and Gentry took the top two places, with Simon Scott of Anglia Velo third in 22:04.  Thirty rode.

VCB group – L He, A Banks, P Dennington, A He and J Swanbury – photo by Dominic Austrin

Dennington had the quickest VCB ride in the Gt Yarmouth CC club 10 at Lound, with 23:55, relegating the club’s quick junior, Lucas He, who finished in 23:57 despite having to put a foot down and wait for traffic at a junction.

Alex He’s time was 27:50 and Richard Allen’s 30:34. Fastest rider was Anglia Velo’s Simon Scott in 23:18.

Swanbury and Banks rode the tandem in Anglia Velo’s open 10 on the A14 at Risby, heading west towards Kentford.

They were well beaten by the Velo Schils Interbike RT team of Gary Pamment and Barry McDonald, but pleased to record a slight improvement on the previous Tuesday with 22:44.  The other team recorded 20:10.

VCB riders were entered in the solo event but did not ride.  The event winner, Lyster Romero of TBW Bottecchia Wigmore RT, achieved 20:20 despite overshooting the turn and losing a little time.   Simon Scott was fifth with 21:38.

Wrentham rider Denise Hurren of Sole Bay Cycle Sport too second prize in the ladies’ awards with a personal best 22:46, behind Susan Triplow of Essex Roads CC with 22:32.

As their last farewell event in VCB colours before swapping for DAP CC’s navy blue, green and white, Richards, Gentry and Nick Esser took part in the Diss CC men’s road race and had sound results.

The weather stayed dry in the men’s race (though not in the ladies’ one) and a bit of action on the front that broke the peloton up two thirds of the way through the race.

Richards finished fourteenth, four ahead of Gentry and both in the bunch, with Esser not so swift.  There was one rider clear, Jim Bradford of Cambridge CC, followed by three riders together just eleven seconds later and the bunch thundered in after about six more seconds, all given the same time but recorded in the right order by the timing chips.

John Thompson rode the “Suffolk Lanes Extravaganza” 210km (131.25 miles) audax organised by CC Sudbury and based at Bildeston and he took twelve hours.

The route was via Wickham Skeith, Halesworth, Iken, Orford, Rendlesham and Framlingham and then broadly via Debenham and Needham Market back to Bildeston.

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