Velo Club Baracchi cycling round-up

PUBLISHED: 10:23 08 April 2011

VELO Club Baracchi riders in the Chelmer Road Race were not able to realise their potential as a result of a huge tractor on the road in front of them in the last mile or so.

Mark Westrup, Liam Gentry and Ben McCluskey had lined up for the race, looking forward to the 64 miles on a rolling circuit.

Everything went wrong when they pulled off the wider main roads into the back lanes, where the offending tractor came out between the lead riders and the chasers, who were stuck behind it and neutralised by the race officials, while the leaders rode away. When the race was restarted for the bunch, only about 20 riders could get by and the trio’s race was effectively over. Westrup managed to finish 18th while Gentry came 47th. McCluskey was unable to finish.The previous week, in addition to his 25-mile time trial on the Sunday mentioned last week, Chris Womack tackled the Saturday 10-mile time trial on a sporting course organised by Plomesgate CC. He achieved 29:02.

The top three were Russell Hampton of Sigma Sport-Specialized CT (21:25), Mark Arnold of Team Pedal (22:33) and Glenn Taylor of Shorter Rochford RT (22:54).

The organisers of the Beccles Cycle for Life charity ride on May 15 have received at least 100 entries, which is excellent at this stage in the campaign.

There is a lot of enthusiasm for this year’s tenth annual ride, in aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Rotary Club of Beccles Charitable Trust. More riders are needed to make up the likely total of over 300.

The youngest rider entered by this time last year (on a family application) was aged four but this year there are no less than two 2-year-olds on the books already and the oldest entrant so far is aged 78.

There is also a team entry from Norfolk and Suffolk Financial Services Limited, who fund the free bike prize for one of the sponsored riders.

It really is an event for everyone, with a range of distances between 7 and 50 miles.

• Information and entry forms for Beccles Cycle for Life ride can be found on their website or obtained by telephone (01502 475254 or 562775).

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