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Veteran Womack turns back the years in Breckland event

PUBLISHED: 16:38 08 March 2017

Liam Gentry pointing to Mark Richards at the Crest CC road race. Picture by Brian Kite.

Liam Gentry pointing to Mark Richards at the Crest CC road race. Picture by Brian Kite.

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Chris Womack, Velo Club Baracchi's top veteran, started his spring racing campaign with a course-best ride in the CC Breckland 10-mile time trial on Saturday.

Chris Womack in the CC Breckland time trial. Picture by Brian Kite.Chris Womack in the CC Breckland time trial. Picture by Brian Kite.

Womack, 70, was the oldest rider in the open event which took place from Hingham to Carbrooke and back.

When his time of 25:02 was compared with his age standard he was the seventh-best veteran out of 51 veteran finishers.

Paul Hayward of VCB achieved a good ride in 23:50 for 24th overall.

A satisfied Womack said: “Thankfully the weather dried up in the afternoon. There was a head to side wind going out which helped on the way back. It was my best ride on this course since first riding it in 2013.”

The winner on scratch was Lloyd Chapman Banks of Catford CC Equipe in 20:18, a course record by 12 seconds, with Charlie Nurse of North Norfolk Wheelers second in 21:22 and Daniel Bloy of Team VeloVelocity third in 20:45.

Jennifer Smart of VC Norwich was the fastest lady in 26:10.

Three of VCB’s road racers took part in the Crest CC road race, the Eastern Road Race league season’s opener on Sunday. They came away with two top 10 places.

Liam Gentry and Mark Richards took eighth and ninth places respecitvely and fellow VCB rider Nick Esser was unplaced in the event at Great Chesterford near Saffron Walden.

Three of the riders who took part in the early break survived to the end, with last year’s winner, Thomas Power of Strada Sport taking top honours again. Morris Bacon of Strada was second and DAP CC’s Harley Matthews third.

In the sprint for the remaining places, Andrew Holmes (VC Revolution) took fifth ahead of Joshua Aiken (Pedal Power Ipswich) and a breakaway puncture victim Mike Auger (API).

John Thompson rode the ‘Horsepower 200’ audax from Great Dunmow on Saturday in 12 hours and 23 minutes, a time he was happy with as it was a tough ride, taking in some of the most difficult hills in Essex and west Suffolk.

The Sunday club run set off in sunshine and made it to Halesworth before rain and heavy winds set in. Even so the riders managed to clock up about 40 miles and return very wet.

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