A WINDY WEEKEND FOR ELY TIME TRIALLISTS
The weekend started early for members of the Ely & District Cycling Club - B&T Motor Repairs with another VTTA race on the E2/10 course near Newmarket on Thursday. Setting the tone for the weekend, the blustery wind presented a serious handicap for the riders. Out of the Ely riders, Rory Havis handled the challenging conditions best, completing the 10 mile course in a time of 20:48. Will Shepherd was the second-fastest Ely rider with a time of 23:13, followed by Glen Clark and Alison Fox on 25:01 and 26:41 respectively.
Alison Fox, Rory Havis & Glen Clark racing in Thursday's 10 mile race on the E2/10,courtesy of Davey Jones.
Strong winds remained an issue for the Ely riders taking part in the Godric CC event on the B10/43 course near Bungay on Saturday, but despite the conditions three Ely riders set new personal bests for the B10/43 course. The fastest Ely rider in the event was Cliff Loveday, who continued his recent strong run of form to overcome the unfavourable conditions, his time of 22:28 beating his previous best time on the course by 45 seconds. Derek Ricketts and Martin Holmes also set personal bests on the B10/43 with times of 22:43 and 23:03, followed by Steve Peck on 23:11.
Having been the stand-out Ely rider of the season so far in 10 and 25 mile events, Darran Bennett took part in his first ever 50 mile race on Sunday in the Viking CCC race organised by the Cambridge Cycling Club. With the unfavourable weather once again a factor, Bennett paced himself well to finish well under the 2 hour mark in a time of 1:50:02.
Last but by no means least, John Manlow was also racing on Sunday, taking part in the EDCA 25 mile championship race on the B25/6 course near Wisbech, finishing the 25 mile course in a time of 57:38.