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CYCLING: Westrup is well up at Hethel

PUBLISHED: 12:02 28 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:28 06 July 2010

THE Velo Club Baracchi team results at the second round of the Lotus Cycle Racing League series at Hethel last Wednesday featured a good ride by Mark Westrup.

THE Velo Club Baracchi team results at the second round of the Lotus Cycle Racing League series at Hethel last Wednesday featured a good ride by Mark Westrup.

Unofficially, as the results were awaited, he was seventh across the line. Also riding were Pat Harbord, Ben McCluskey, Liam Gentry, Nick Esser, Mark Westrup, Mark Drake and Mike Davies.

The prominent clubs at the front were VC Baracchi, VC Norwich, Extreme Sports Therapy and Phil Hetzel from Ipswich BC. A number of early breaks featured McCluskey, Esser, Westrup and Gentry in various combinations.

Just when everybody was recovering from these two breaks Lowestoft rider Simon Asher (VCN) and Josh Hannan (Extreme Sports Therapy) attacked and stayed away for the rest of the race, leaving the bunch to compete for third place.

With two laps to go McCluskey sat on the front with a high speed to ensure the race stayed together for the sprint. Harbord attacked with a lap to go but the bunch pulled this in immediately.

The final kilometre saw riders going into the final corner spread across the track. As Westrup led in the VCB team in approximately seventh, Gentry and Esser were not far behind in approximately tenth and 11th places.

Lowestoft rider Joe Skipper of Team Zappi's made a spirited attempt to defend his 2009 Eastern Region Road Race Championship title but this year the odds were against him and he was 20th. The 180km race was dominated in numbers and opportunities by the Orbea - For Goodness Shakes team, one of whose nine riders won. Andy Lyons was the winner, with his team-mate Dan Kogan second and four more team members in the top ten

McCluskey and Esser raced CC Ashwell's 56-mile “Primavera Road Race” in Bedfordshire for third and fourth category riders.

The race was run in a scorching 29ºC at an average of 24mph and featured another early Esser attack and his break lasted some ten minutes or so. McCluskey took advantage of a similar opportunity but in the end it came down to the final sprint. McCluskey was down the field, having been obstructed, but Esser was better placed at the finish with 19th.

Last week's Godric CC 26-rider club 10-mile time trial featured a 21:18 top ride by Jim Burgess of Anglia Velo. Gentry was third with 22:19 and the other VCB times were John Swanbury 25:31, Mike Rainton 26:47, Chris Womack 28:15 and Mike Wood 28:20.

In the Gt Yarmouth CC club 10 Andy Harris of VCB took second place in a 21-rider field with 24:54, from James Eman of Anglia Velo who won in 22:15. Jenny Anderson was 13th in 28:22 just ahead of Chris Womack (28:25).

Paul Clarke of VCB was seventh with 26:08 in the Plomesgate CC 10, his first event of the year. Evert Wijnberg of Plomesgate won in 23:52.

John Thompson rode the Hertfordshire Wheelers open 30 from Tempsford on the A1. It was warm but windy and Thompson achieved 1-24:15. Ian Cammish (Planet X) won in 1-03:24.

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