New VC Baracchi junior record for youngster He

PUBLISHED: 06:00 26 May 2017

Club Baracchi's successful junior Lucas He. Picture: VC Baracchi

Club Baracchi's successful junior Lucas He. Picture: VC Baracchi


Velo Club Baracchi rider Lucas He, riding his second 25-mile time trial in the Great Yarmouth CC open event on the Somerleyton course, set a new club junior record.

His 59.25 time on this sporting course was his first sub-hour ride.

Top VCB rider Mark Richards took third place with 56.44, a time which was more than six minutes outside his best, which testifies to the relative difficulty of this course.

Mark Saunders of VCB, in his first attempt at the distance, was rightly pleased with a 59.36 finish, while Paul Haywood and Rock Estate rider Jay Lingwood won the two-up competition between four teams with 58.45.

Joe Skipper of Team Skipper won in 53.25 and Harley Matthews of DAP CC took second in 54.39. Alex He of VCB was the handicap winner with his 1:11.53 ride and other VCB times were John Swanbury (1:07.55) and Richard Allen (1:18.07).

The VCB times in Godric CC’s club 10 were Hayward 22.47, Swanbury 25.47, Paul Reed 27.44. The winner was UEA CC’s Tom Hubard in 21.42.

Charles Jones of VCB took 12th place overall in a bunch finish behind the first and second-placed riders in round one of the Lotus League racing, with Esser 21st and Richards 32nd, all in the same time. Darren Rutherford of Iceni Velo won in a tight finish.

Nick Esser finished ninth and Richards 10th in the E/1/2/3 race in the third round of the Eagles Crit Series at RAF Woodbridge, a 1.4km circuit in and out of the hangar area. Oliver Jones of Cycle Team OnForm took the win in torrential rain with sketchy corners and a 24.7mph average.

In the race for fourth cats VCB rider Hayward took second place behind Joseph Smith. He said: “I was feeling good and sitting in third wheel on the last lap.”

He explained how with two others they got a gap and it looked as if they would contest a sprint finish but it had started to rain and on the penultimate corner and the rider in second wheel crashed, leaving Hayward nowhere to go except on the grass. He stayed upright and resumed his chase, finishing second and holding off the third-placed rider by a few bike lengths.

John Thompson organised The Norfolk Special 160 and 200km audaxes from Lound. All 41 riders finished, 35 in the 200km and six in the 160km, including VCB’s Kate Churchill, who took nine hours and 23 minutes in the 200.

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