Womack clan ride to personal bests

On a cool and windy Sunday morning Velo Club Baracchi riders in the Gt Yarmouth CC club 30-mile time trial produced personal bests.

Mark Womack

Chris and Mark Womack, father and son, achieved PBs of 1-19:39 and 1-24:33 respectively.

Joe Skipper is a VCB member but was riding for Strada Sport as he set a great new course record with a sparkling time of 1-08:20.

As the fastest first claim VCB rider,Chris Womackis therefore the club’s 30-mile champion, as this event on the Somerleyton sporting course was also the VCB championship. 

It was just eleven degrees centigrade and a north-easterly wind was blowing. 

The full result was Skipper 1-08:20, Liam Gentry (Strada Sport) 1-12:20, J Lingwood (GYCC) 1-16:58, P Denby (GYCC) 1-18:06,Chris Womack1-19:39, P Haywood (GYCC) 1-23:42, Mark Womack 1-24:33,Jenny Anderson(GYCC) 1-25:46, John Swanbury (VCB) 1-25:52, Richard Allen (VCB) 1-36:33. 

Chris Womackhad ridden the day before in the Plomesgate CC open 25-mile time trial on the Tunstall and Bentwaters course, a similarly undulating and tricky ride. 

Despite the now familiar eleven degrees and a strong north-easterly wind that made some sections very pushy he achieved 1-05:28, nearly three minutes quicker than his ride in the Plomesgate event last year. 

He said “Gary Matthews of Sole Bay Cycle Sport (a former VCB member) nearly got me with 1-05:55, but has so far not beaten me.” 

Glenn Taylor of Shorter Exclusive Rangers RT won in 57:53 from James Trenchard of Godric CC (58:18) and Paul Jay of CC Sudbury (58:20). 

The winning lady was Jayne Williams of Stowmarket and District with 1-11:01, fromJenny Andersonof Great Yarmouth CC (1-11:55).  CC Sudbury won the team prize. 

John Thompson rode the Iceni 100 Audax which he said worked out at 109km.  He took five hours and 28 minutes and was happy with his time. The course was from Swaffham Community Centre and included Bunwell, Snetterton, Oxborough and Beachamwell. 

On Sunday Thompson rode the Ely & District CC 10-mile time trial on a stretch of the A142 in the Fens. 

He was “a tantalizing eight seconds outside evens” i.e. 20mph, with 30:08, but thought that when the side wind was taken into account and the fact that this was not the flatter part of the Fens with a brute of a hill just after the start he showed some signs of an improvement in form.