Brilliant performance from Baracchi’s Richards - but he’s only ninth fastest

PUBLISHED: 06:17 12 May 2017

Mark Richards in the Lea Valley CC time trial in which he set a new club record. Picture: Davey Jones

Mark Richards in the Lea Valley CC time trial in which he set a new club record. Picture: Davey Jones


Mark Richards of Velo Club Baracchi set a wonderful new club record at 10 miles in the Lea Valley CC open time trial on the A11 from Six Mile Bottom.

His 19.34 time was a course best for Richards by 47 seconds. He went to the event with Harley Matthews of Dap CC and Matthews achieved 19.15.

Richards’ average speed was around 30.7mph and that seems quick enough but he came ninth in a really strong field from far and wide. The winner was Matt Smith of Team Bottrill/HSS Hire in 18.03.

John Swanbury rode in the associated middlemarkers’ event and achieved 23.49, his best since 2013. Earlier in the week Richards, Liam Gentry and Nick Esser travelled to RAF Woodbridge to take part in round two of the Eagle Crit series.

They had crashed the week before but had no such problems this time. They started to feature in the second half of the race and in a stiff breeze Richards with two companions escaped and stayed away. Joshua Andrews won with Richards second. Gentry finished sixth and Esser 10th.

A great ride by VCB Junior Lucas He took him to sixth place with 22.39 in the Diss CC open 10 on their Billingford course. VCB’s Mark Saunders rode well to take 13th place with 23.47 and Lucas’ father Alex He recorded 27.50. Matthew Senter of Team VeloVelocity won.

Lucas He also shone in the Great Yarmouth CC Club 10 from Lound. He took second place with 23.33, just pipped by three seconds to the win. Jack Ibbotson of VC Norwich won in 23.30. Paul Hayward of VCB was fourth of the 15 riders with 24.16.

The VCB team raced at the Lotus series in Hethel, with Charles Jones 12th, Esser 21st and Richards 32nd. Darren Rutterford of Iceni Velo was the winner.

At the PCH Spring Classic road race at Bicknacre the VCB challenge was thwarted at every attempt and Richards came away empty-handed.

The 16th annual Beccles Cycle for Life charity ride is this Sunday at 10am from the Sir John Leman High School, which is always supported by some VCB riders amongst the anticipated 400 or so taking part. The event suits all kinds of riders, with distances of 7, 15, 25, 40 and 50 miles available on well-marked routes.

Promoted by the Rotary Club of Beccles, the event raises money for East Anglian Air Ambulance and the club’s charitable trust.

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