GOLDING AND HAVIS WIN IN DISS 2-UP RACE
The highlight of the weekend's racing by members of the Ely & District Cycling Club - B&T Motor Repairs was in the Diss CC 2-up time trial race held on the B25/17 course near Thetford on Sunday. Rob Golding and Rory Havis completed the 25 mile course in a time of 56 minutes and 1 second to give them victory in the 2-up race for riders racing in pairs.
However, Golding and Havis were not alone in setting good times in time trial races at the weekend. Four Ely riders braved the cold conditions on Saturday and took part in the Kings Lynn CC 25 mile race near Downham Market. Darran Bennett was the fastest Ely rider, finishing the 25 mile course in just under an hour, with a time of 59m45s, to leave him in 9th place. Hard training over the winter by Derek Ricketts and John Manlow paid off for the pair, with both riders setting personal best times for the course. Manlow finished just 12 seconds faster than Ricketts in a time of 1:01:08, leaving them in 12th and 13th place overall. Will Shepherd finished in 20th place with a time of 1:04:49.
Ely & District Cycling Club - B&T Motor Repairs riders also took part in mountain bike racing at the weekend. 3 riders took part in the 3rd round of the Mud Sweat & Gears MTB series held at the Lee Valley Velopark. In the Elite/Expert race Mathew Eley finished in a very strong 7th place, 3 minutes and 38 seconds down on the winner, and in the Grand Veterans race Martin Holland finished in 24th. Geoff Brewster was unlucky not to finish in the Super Grand Veterans race, but a broken chain put him out of the race while he was competing for 3rd place in that category.
Finally, junior rider Ollie Sinden was again taking part in his preferred discipline of downhill MTB racing in the Mountain Mania Ricochet race at Aston Hills. Sinden was in 3rd place after his first run, 1 second behind the 2nd place rider and 1 second ahead of 4th place in a tightly-packed field. On his second run he improved his time by 4 seconds to ended up in 2nd place, his first podium in a downhill race.