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Richards organises VC Baracchi time trial - and goes on to win it

PUBLISHED: 08:47 29 September 2017

VC Baracchi's Chris Womack at the Open 10-mile Time Trial. Picture: Dominic Austrin

VC Baracchi's Chris Womack at the Open 10-mile Time Trial. Picture: Dominic Austrin

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A hugely successful open 10-mile time trial organised for Velo Club Baracchi by its vice-chairman and second-claim member Mark Richards featured a win by him in 20.47.

Richards was riding for DAP CC. The results of VCB first claim members were headed by junior Lucas He, sixth in 21.31.

Other VCB times were Mark Saunders, ninth in 22.10, Paul Hayward 22.21, Paul Dennington 22.38, Chris Womack 24.15, Alex He 24.47, Ali Banks 25.14 and John Swanbury 26.11.

Lucas He, Saunders and Hayward won the team prize for VCB and Chris Womack was third veteran on age standard.

Denise Hurren of Sole Bay Sport took the ladies’ win in 23.42 and Jenny Anderson of Great Yarmouth CC, also a second-claim VCB member, was third in 25.27.

The best Rock Estate times were James Drake (23.02) and Stuart Chase (23.15) while Jamie Doy of Sole Bay Cycle Sport achieved 23.20.

Two teams took part in the tandem event, with VCB riders Swanbury and Banks second in a season’s best 22.14 and Velo Schils Interbike RT riders first in 20.39.

In the Godric CC open 25 on Sunday Richards took second place with 54.10 behind team-mate Harley Matthews, whose time was a brilliant 51.37, with Ben Stancombe of King’s Lynn CC third in 54.24.

Lucas He again set the best VCB time, finishing 11th with 57.25. Other VCB times were Hayward (59.08), Dennington (59.20), Saunders (1:00.05) and Alex He (1:05.25).

John Thompson rode the 170-mile Tour of the Chilterns; three days on the Chilterns Cycleway, a 170-mile circular route. He started and finished at Stevenage with intermediate overnights at High Wycombe and Aylesbury.

The Frank Edwards memorial ride organised by Mike Rainton took place last Sunday.

Frank, an amateur cyclist won Brighton to Newcastle race outright in 1953, beating the professionals of the day.

He went on to ride for Norwich ABC, Lowestoft Wheelers, VC Baracchi and Godric CC at various times and was greatly respected. The 11 riders on the memorial ride for Frank, who died in July 2016, set off and 10 of them rode the full distance of just under 50 miles via Halesworth, Peasenhall and Yoxford, stopping at Middleton for refreshments and returning through Wenhaston.

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