Time trial season gets off to a flyer

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The Newmarket Cycling and Triahtlon Club (NCTC) time trial season got under way with the traditional opening event of five miles, held around Fordham village, on a cool but dry breezy evening.

Gary Housome headed the 25 riders home, easily smashing his personal best for the course with a time of 11 minutes 52 seconds, with James Lambton and Lewis Stevens in second and third place in 12.02 and 12.03 respectively, and Jon Wilson finishing in fourth place with 21.10.

First lady was Sophie Miller Lee, riding her first ever event, in 16.32.

n Newmarket-based Jason Bouttell made easy work of his first time trial of the year, winning the strongly contested Team Sales Engine 10 mile event on Saturday, with an excellent time of 19 mins 57 secs, on what proved for most riders to be a slow day, with a strong and cold cross wind.

Dave McGaw (Cambridge CC) and Justin Layne (CC Ashwell) shared second place in 20:04, while Newmarket Cycling Club’s veteran campaigners, Bob Watson and Steve Peck proved that age is no impediment with rides of 21.50 and 23.51 in 20th and 50th place.

In a closely fought women’s competition, local lady Francesca Rust, riding for Team Velovelocity, finished second place and 59th overall in 24.53, and came second again in the Women’s Eastern Racing League’s inaugural time trial at Great Yarmouth (26.22).

The previous Saturday, the Veterans Time Trial Association held their 25-mile event on the A1304/A1303 course, starting at the Stetchworth roundabout.

Bob Watson, 54, was the sole NCTC representative and was delighted to finally beat the hour on the rather slow and undulating course, with a time of 59.58, finishing third place on handicap.

n Newmarket cycling and triathlon’s Gordon Irvine took third place in the Sudbury 5 mile road race on Good Friday.

He had led the field up what he believed to be the final hill only to discover a twist in the course.