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Gentry shows his class - triple time

PUBLISHED: 12:41 18 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:42 06 July 2010

LIAM Gentry, in a very active week, made three additions to his silverware haul for the year.

First he won the Velo Club Baracchi 10-mile championship in style at Earsham in a time of 21:54 on quite a quick evening.

LIAM Gentry, in a very active week, made three additions to his silverware haul for the year.

First he won the Velo Club Baracchi 10-mile championship in style at Earsham in a time of 21:54 on quite a quick evening.

It was nearly a minute quicker than Nick Esser could do even though Esser rode a personal course best of 22:41. Mark Newnham was third with 23:49.

The Godric CC club event doubled as the VCB championships, except for the veterans, whose champion is decided over the full season. Nicki Hawkes won the ladies' title with a course-best 26:34, from Tracy Prewer whose time was 27:24.

Paul Clarke lost some time when his chain came off but he recovered to cross the line in 25:03. Other VCB times were John Swanbury 25:14, Mike Rainton 26:13, Mike King 26:47 and Mike Wood 27:47.

Fastest overall was Jim Burgess of Anglia Velo with 20:57 from Lee Calderon of Extreme Sports Therapy with 21:31.

Gentry and Esser won the Baracchi Trophy 25-mile time trial on Thursday at Somerleyton, which this year was contested by just two two-up teams. Gentry was the stronger of the two, with Esser hanging on gamely and taking occasional turns on the front.

They won in 58:18 but Pat Harbord and Andy Harris were consoled by winning the handicap version in 1-01:54. Ben McCluskey, the odd one left over, rode the rival GYCC 10-mile event in 26:10 on his road bike.

Gentry took a break from rides against the clock to capture a road racing third place at Hethel in the Lotus League, supported by a big VCB team.

Gentry made a successful break joined by Mike Auger and Chris Bartlett (VC Norwich), Chris Guy (Extreme Sports Therapy) & Dieter Rowe (Finchley RT) and they dangled off the front for the whole race, giving Gentry third place in the sprint.

The other VCB team riders marked every attempt by riders in the bunch to threaten the break, particularly Ipswich BC, which had no rider in it, but when the finish loomed Ben McCluskey took his chance and broke away for seventh place, with Mark Westrup eighth and Esser ninth. Also in the team were Mark Drake, Mike Davies and first-timer Richard Smith.

On Saturday the Plomesgate CC open 25-mile time trial on a sporting course with plenty of twists, turns and undulations inspired Ian McCluskey to a good ride in 1-05:56 and Chris Womack to a personal best 1-14:10. The course was from Tunstall Common through Tunstall Village, passing Bentwaters and Rendlesham Forest. In a fresh breeze Calderon won in 57:32.

Back riding against the watch, Gentry's third trophy win of the week came on Sunday. He won the VCB 30-mile championship on the Somerleyton sporting course in the Gt Yarmouth event in 1-12:02, beating Paul Bedford's old course record by one second.

He caught Esser for a minute and Esser seemed momentarily tempted by the prospect of another two-up ride but dropped back to achieve 1-13:13.

Nicki Hawkes beat Tracy Prewer even more soundly for the ladies' championship, 1-26:57 to 1-36:28. Other VCB times in the event were Harbord 1-17:16, Ben McCluskey 1-20:00 and John Swanbury 1-27:04. There were nine GYCC riders and also Chris Guy, third in 1-14:45.

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