Houndsome storms through comeback ride

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A contingent of keen cyclists competed in the latest round of the Newmarket Cycling Club time trial series last Wednesday, on a calm but wet evening round the five-mile Fordham circuit.

League table leader Gary Houndsome’s season, having started very well, had looked to be over three weeks ago.

Out on a training ride in Majorca, he hit a wall during a fast mountain descent, and fell 20 feet down the other side, damaging his ankle.

Unable to train since then, he turned up to the event unsure of what to expect, but despite the interruption, he blasted round the course in a brilliant 11 minutes and 58 seconds, only a few seconds outside his personal best, to seize maximum league points once again.

Owen Wilson is continuing to come into form, and rode well to record 12.29, while Lee Hill knocked a whole minute off his previous best with a classy 12.40.

There was a good competition among the women, with Bobbie Mach coming out on top with 14.24, just ahead of Sophie Lee’s 14.53, while Katie Ashton turned up for the first time and rode exceptionally well to average almost 20mph (full results, below).

The next event will be held at Red Lodge on Wednesday at 7pm and new riders are very welcome.

n Bobbie Mach also competed for Newmarket in the Eastern District Cycling Association championship on Saturday, finishing third of the eastern district ladies, in 27.02, behind Fran Rust (25.06).

The overall winner of the competition was Dan Bloy of Team Velovelocity.

The top news of the weekend was another stunning victory for the Newmarket-based equine vet, Matt Smith, this time obliterating the opposition to win the Maldon 50-mile time trial on Sunday by over six minutes, recording a time of one hour 48 minutes and 50 seconds.