Richard claims fourth place for VC Baracchi in regional championships

PUBLISHED: 08:43 23 June 2017

Lucas He on his way to a win in the Gt Yarmouth CC Club Time Trial. Picture: Dominic Austrin

Lucas He on his way to a win in the Gt Yarmouth CC Club Time Trial. Picture: Dominic Austrin


Mark Richards of VC Baracchi took fourth place in the East District Cycling Association 25-mile championship on A47 dual carriageways near King's Lynn.

Top three places went to Matthew Senter (Team VeloVelocity) 49:40, Harley Matthews (DAP CC) 50:23 and Daniel Bloy 50:49 (Team VeloVelocity).

VCB riders Paul Hayward, with 56:31, and Nick Esser, just one second slower with 56:32, both had great rides.

Verity Smith of Stowmarket & District CC won the ladies’ championship with 56:18. Other local riders included the Sole Bay CS trio of Lee Garrod (56:41), James Doy (57:13) and Denise Hurren (59:08).

The midweek CC Breckland Open 10 between Attleborough and Snetterton on the A11 on a warm evening gave the top local riders the chance to get some good times, though in places the light breeze made it deceptively difficult.

Richards achieved 20:31 for third place behind Team VeloVelocity riders Jason Bouttell (19:27) and Senter (19:40), both faster than 30mph.

Esser had a great ride (21:37) and other VCB times were Chris Womack 23:52 and John Swanbury 24:43.

The previous night’s Godric CC Club 10 at Earsham was won by Paul Jay of Team VeloVelocity in 21:41, with Hayward second in 22:04, Simon Boyle of Orwell Velo third in 22:17, Paul Dennington of VCB fourth in 22:29 and VCB’s Lucas He fifth in 22:36. Other VCB times were Swanbury 25:38, Alex He 25:41 and Paul Reed 25:58.

VCB took the first three places in the 10-mile Gt Yarmouth CC Club Time Trial. Lucas He won the event with 23:31, supported by Dennington in 24:09 and Luke Rowell with 25:39.

Richards and Esser with Liam Gentry and Rowell came in with the bunch in a blanket finish at the end of the E/1/2/3 race in Lotus League round seven at Hethel. Richards was placed 15th, Esser 30th, Luke Rowell 40th and Gentry 48th. Josh Andrews of Morvello Basso RT won.

In the fourth cat race Matt Cole of VCB also finished in the bunch, though the first three riders had a very short lead. He took 12th place.

Rowell and Lucas He took part in the 55-mile Haverhill Road Race in which there were 59 starters and just 26 finishers in a tough event. They were both among the retirees.

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