Strong ride for Peck

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Newmarket Cycling Club’s cyclists closed the time trial - and enjoyed fine conditions which allowed for some quick times.

Seasoned campaigner Steve Peck rode an open 10 mile event on the A143 at Bungay, and put in a very strong ride on the slow single carriageway course to finish in 23 minutes and 35 seconds.

Bobbie Mach took part in the Norwich ABC 10 and finished with an excellent time of 26:00, which secured her second place in the ladies.

Team Velovelocity’s Scott Davidson was the overall winner with a gutsy ride of 21:35.

Newmarket’s William Keys took part in a different type of cycling competition, as he completed the Mud Sweat and Gears mountain bike race at Hadleigh farm, where he finished in a credible 27th place.

On Saturday riders from across the country took part in the Leo 30 mile event, starting from Great Wilbraham and travelling along the A11 and A14 to Red Lodge and back.

Newmarket-based rider Matt Smith, competing for Velovelocity, was a clear winner as he completed his third season of competitive cycling with his best ride to date.

Team Velovelocity broke the men’s team record twice in the space of a couple of minutes, with early starter Paul Jay (one hour, one minute and 24 seconds) combining with Daniel Bloy (58:48) and Dave Green (1:00:21) to total 3:00:33 and remove 2:36 from the old record set in 1996.

When Smith crossed the line to record the third fastest time in the event’s history with 56:49, he created a new team record of 2:55:58.

Smith’s time is only bettered by Matt Bottrill’s time of 56:15 from last year and Michael Hutchinson’s 55:39 done in this event in 2011.