Ely Riders versus The Great British Summer.
The Weekend racing started with Martin Holmes having an early alarm call to compete in the Victoria CC 10 Mile Time Trial near Saffron Walden. Very wet conditions saw less than half of the original list of riders making it to the event, however Holmes with typical determination took to the start and posted a time of 24:31 in the very challenging conditions. The winner was John Mulvey of Active Edge Race Team with 21:30.
On Saturday afternoon 4 riders from Ely & District CC-B&T Motor Repairs rode in the Team Chronos 10 mile TT on the A428 near Cambourne. There was a possibility the event would be cancelled due to the heavy rain that was falling up until lunchtime, thankfully the rain eased and with a strong breeze blowing the standing water on the course soon reduced to a safe level enabling the large field of riders to compete.
Darran Bennett carrying on with his impressive run of results was fastest Ely rider home in 20:11 giving him a 50 second course PB, then came John Manlow with 22:09 and another course PB, and Will Shepherd with 22:47. Sharon Bennett continued her recent improvement posting a time of 26:03 giving her a Distance PB of a 90 seconds. The winning time was achieved by John Mulvey of Active Edge Race Team. After winning the early morning race near Saffron Walden he towelled down grabbed some breakfast and drove to the afternoon event to post a time of 18:15.
Ely & District CC-B&T Motor Repairs run their own Time Trial events on a Tuesday evening through the summer, all are welcome whatever level of ability.
In contrast to the short but sharp suffering that Time Trialists endure, E&DCC club members Zena Palgrave and Dan Bromilow have just undertaken an epic adventure. They both took part in The Three Peaks Bike Race. Starting in Vienna, finishing in Barcalona and taking in three iconic European mountain passes, The Stelivo, The Col de Finestre and the Arcalis-Ordino. The two intrepid explorers completed the race in 9 days and 5 hours, cycling a total of 1,413 miles and climbing a staggering 81,911 feet.