Liam Gentry makes a flying start

PUBLISHED: 12:01 18 March 2011

Liam Gentry cornering at St Olaves in Sunday’s Gt Yarmouth CC time trial, which he won.

Liam Gentry cornering at St Olaves in Sunday’s Gt Yarmouth CC time trial, which he won.

©2011 Mark Cozens

LIAM Gentry of Velo Club Baracchi started his time trial season with an impressive win on the Somerleyton course in the Gt Yarmouth CC open time trial.

The 25-mile event attracted an entry of 37 riders, 31 of whom finished the course, including some good rides by other VCB members, one of whom was first on handicap.

Gentry’s win on the sporting course was achieved in 57:34, a very quick time, especially for this time of year.

He would have been pleased that he relegated his friend Simon Asher (VC Norwich) into second place with 59:32. Third was Neil Turner of the home club in 1-00:45 and the seasoned performer Geoff Frost of API-Metrow was fourth in 1-01:11.

Mark Newnham of VCB took 11th place in 1-04:48 and was also placed ninth on veteran age standard, a system intended to make for fair competition between all riders over 40, which nevertheless tends to favour much older riders.

VCB’s Mark Pearson was 12th and his time of 1-04:51 gave him the handicap first prize by a large margin.

Mark Drake of VCB rode an excellent 1-05:12 for 13th place and would also have featured near the top of the handicap results if he had some previous form to enable him to qualify.

Veteran rider Chris Womack of VCB was fifth on handicap and also on veteran age standard with his 1-12:16 ride and Nicola Hawkes also rode much more quickly than in her recent ride in the CC Breckland event to achieve 1-13:11, beating nine other finishers.

Nick Esser, after a week off with a bad back, was unlucky to puncture after 18 miles, having achieved 30;30 at half distance, though he did admit to being potentially less strong on the second lap after his enforced rest off the bike.

Eleven of Yarmouth’s riders finished the event, a testimony to the increased support the club now has.

On a nice sunny Saturday, John Thompson rode the “Up the ‘uts” 157km Audax from the Comrades CC hut at Ugley in Essex. It set off in the direction of Chelmsford and Braintree to Lindsell for the first information control and then to Stansted for the tea room control, returning via Thaxted to Ugley. The riders then set off again to Gt. Hormead in Hertfordshire, then back into Essex via Newport to finish in Ugley.

He completed the event in just over nine hours, which included some time lost due to a rear puncture at about 61 miles, saying: “It was somewhat less demanding than the previous weeks but still testing enough.”

The previous week Thompson had ridden a similar 157km Audax from the Shaftesbury CC club hut, also at Ugley. He took just a little longer, continuing his “tradition of going off course” on a section that was not well explained and also a deliberate 4.5km detour to avoid an off-road section that would have presented a great risk of punctures.

The Sunday club run to Dunwich via Halesworth and Saxmundham attracted six riders and the sunshine lasted long enough for tea and cake on the café patio before the return ride.

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