Wrinklies action slows down Womack but VCB member shines at Wheelers’ event

PUBLISHED: 12:32 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:32 22 March 2017

Lucas He burying himself on lap three. Picture by Fergus Muir.

Lucas He burying himself on lap three. Picture by Fergus Muir.


Chris Womack of Velo Club Baracchi had a good ride in the West Suffolk Wheelers & Triathlon Club’s 21-mile hilly time trial on a demanding sporting course on back roads near Risby.

Womack said his time of 57:37 was down on last year by 1:09 but he was pleased after having ridden 52 miles with the ‘Wrinklies’ group the day before.

He said: “Most of the course was quite fast but the back section of the circuit was into the strong south westerly wind and being mainly hilly made it a bit of a slog.“

Matthew Smith of Team Bottrill/HSS Hire won, lopping 1 min 35 off the course record with 44:10; around 29mph.

Second was Jason Bouttell of Team VeloVelocity in 46:01, with Stuart Fairweather of the same club third in 48:46. Team Velovelocity won the team prize.

VCB’s junior road racer, Lucas He, took part in the Ipswich CC road race at Gosbeck on Sunday and distinguished himself by some strong and confident riding mid-race.

Lucas said, “I went to the race a bit nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I started the stuck near the back which made the first half a lap very difficult with a few tight turns and a strong tail wind which made it very fast.”

“I just about stayed with the group and managed to get settled in the middle of the bunch where it was much easier. There was a break that went at some point and I tried to help bring it back on the third lap by doing a few turns at the front.”

“I latched onto the back on the descent, but came to a standstill on the next climb. Luckily, I was caught by another group and we helped each other to get back on as the pace. I managed to hang on for another half a lap where I was dropped on a tight corner. I crawled to the finish and ended up probably last place out of those who finished.”

Steve Konrad of DAP CC said of the VCB junior, “He took a massive turn on the front into the wind on lap three and flew the VCB flag like a champ.”

The top three were Peter Blenkinsop (Fast-Test), Thomas Willan (East London Velo) and Ian Franklin (PCH Racing Team).

John Thompson of VCB rode the Cambridge Pork Pie 214km (133.75-mile) audax, from Girton, which included a section from Oundle to Melton Mowbray. He finished in approximately 12 hours and 30 minutes.

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