Velo Club Baracchi rider suffers injury blow

PUBLISHED: 16:40 14 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:40 14 March 2013

Velo Club Baracchi's Paul Dennington.

Velo Club Baracchi's Paul Dennington.


One of the Velo Club Baracchi’s time trial contenders, Paul Dennington, who rode so well last year and shows huge promise, took a tumble riding home from work last week.

After what he described as a “misjudgement” Dennington is now recovering from a broken collarbone, two broken ribs and a puncture to his right lung.

He said: “I can only sit and rest hoping my body mends quickly so I don’t miss out on the whole season.”

Dennington has been training hard for the season and shift work has also allowed him time to get out with the “Wrinklies” who ride on weekdays and will miss his company.

John Thompson of VC Baracchi continued his committed Audax riding with the Shaftesbury CC Springtime 162 km Audax.

It was originally just over 160km but road works route amendments in the closing stages made it slightly nearer the advertised distance, albeit probably slightly easier, avoiding a steep hill at around 95 miles.

The HQ was the Shaftesbury CC club hut at Ugley, Essex and Thompson said: “It was pretty hilly ride by East Anglian standards, finding some of the steepest hills in Essex, some in Hertfordshire and ironically the toughest was in Cambridgeshire.”

Thompson completed the ride in just over ten hours, of which he said: “I don’t think it is bad considering the hilly nature of the route.”

He also managed to fit in a 20-mile ride the next day, going via Elsenham and Stansted (the village, not the airport) and then following lanes skirting Bishop’s Stortford back to Takeley.

This Sunday Chris Womack is entering the Gt Yarmouth CC open 25-mile time trial on the Somerleyton course and he will be hoping that the forecast of slightly warmer weather than that of last weekend will prove correct.

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