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Baracchi riders excel with top-five places in tough Plomesgate time trial

PUBLISHED: 13:48 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:48 29 March 2017

Liam Gentry, with Mark Richards and Nick Esser behind, training last week in Majorca. Picture: John Swanbury.

Liam Gentry, with Mark Richards and Nick Esser behind, training last week in Majorca. Picture: John Swanbury.

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Velo Club Baracchi riders Mark Richards and Liam Gentry had great rides in the Plomesgate CC 10-mile open time trial, backed up by Nick Esser, who was nearly as fast on a very tough sporting course at the weekend.

Richards took third place with 22.34 and Gentry actually finished sixth with 23.19, but was promoted to fifth as the result of the disqualification of another rider who will regret having overlooked the newly-introduced requirement to sign out.

Esser backed that up with 15th place with his 24.03 ride in the 60-strong field who were placed. His position helped the team to take the team prize.

Lloyd Chapman of Banks/Catford CC Equipe won in a fine time of 20.40, with Lyster Romero of Wigmore CC second in 22.30,

Slotted in between Richards and Gentry was Stuart Fairweather of Team VeloVelocity in 22.39 in fourth position. almost two minutes adrift of the eventual winner.

Verity Smith of Stowmarket and District CC won the ladies’ prize with 24.57.

The three local VCB riders had just returned from a strenuous training holiday in Majorca and Richards was left to consider what they could all achieved in the time trial if they had had the benefit of fresh legs.

John Thompson of VCB rode the Swaffham Lions 208 audax, promoted by CC Breckland in conjunction with Swaffham Lions Club.

The 208km (130-mile) event was based at Swaffham Assembly Rooms and went to Holt, Wells, Walsingham, West Newton and Downham Market before returning.

Thompson completed his ride in 11 hours and 50 minutes, mostly solo, so was pleased to achieve his usual target of getting inside 12 hours.

He said: “It was headwind to Holt, then tail or side-tail to Downham Market but, cruelly, a head wind for the last bit.

“That said, at the time I was doing the final leg in the evening it had probably died somewhat.”

The organisers of Beccles Cycle for Life charity ride on May 14 (Rotary Club of Beccles) have stepped up their publicity and are being rewarded by a good number of advance entries.

Full details of the event and of the prizes on offer for sponsored riders, are on their website at www.becclescycleforlife.org through which riders can enter, either by post or on line.

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