Ely riders Rob Golding, Darran Bennett and Simon Butteriss were victorious in the team competition at a 50 mile time trial held last weekend on the F2/50 course by Finsbury CC. Their combined time of 5 hours 12 minutes and 15 seconds not only won Ely & District Cycling Club the team prize on the day, but set a new club record for a team of three riders over 50 miles, beating the previous record by over 12 minutes. In another tight race, Golding's time of 1:44:16 was only a single second faster than that set by Bennett, and only 6 seconds faster than Butteriss's time, leaving them in 8th, 9th and 10th overall. Bennett's time also put him in 1st place in the Veteran's category, where finishing times are compared to a "standard" time based on age and gender, with Golding in 2nd.
Other Ely riders were also racing in time trials over the weekend, with Derek Ricketts and Robert Goult racing over 10 miles on the N1/10 course near Sawtry in an event hosted by N&DCA. Ricketts completed the course in 23:39, putting him in 15th place overall, while Robert Goult stopped the clock in a time of 26:32 to give him 30th position.
Junior rider Tom Lewis was busy all weekend taking part in his first multiple day stage race, the Deux Jours de Londres, otherwise known as the London 2-day National Youth Circuit Race. The first two stages were held at Redbridge Cycling Centre, and Lewis had a promising start in the 2km prologue held over one lap of the course, finishing in 39th place out of 93 starters. However, only the first 10 riders were gridded for the 2nd race and Lewis found himself at the back of the pack at the start of the second stage. Held up by crashes and other incidents ahead of him, Lewis finished the second stage in 60th place. On the Sunday the event travelled to the Cyclopark at Gravesend in Kent. Lewis finished the third stage of the race in 61st position, but in the fourth race managed to get himself closer to the front of the race from the start and as a result finished in a more promising 31st place. Overall Lewis finished in 51st place overall, and learned a great deal about the pre-race tactics at this type of racing.
Fellow Junior rider Harvey Woodroffe was also racing last weekend, at a grass track event at Bredfield near Ipswich. Woodroffe raced in an omnium event on the 250 metre track featuring four different types of races. Woodroffe finished 2nd in all four of the omnium events and so finished 2nd overall in the Under 12s category.
Ely & District Cycling Club - B&T Motor Repairs Press Release 13th July 2022
Darran Bennett racing to the team prize and new record. Credit Davey Jones.
Rob Golding racing to the team prize and new record. Credit Davey Jones.
Simon Butteriss racing to the team prize and new record. Credit Davey Jones.
Tom Lewis leads a group of riders in the Deux Jours de Londres.
Tom Lewis in the Deux Jours de Londres stage race.
Harvey Woodroffe on the podium.