Cycling: Ely members enjoy busy weekend

Cliff Loveday (pic Davey Jones)

Cliff Loveday (pic Davey Jones) - Credit: Archant

Riders from Ely & District Cyling Club B&T Motor Repairs had a busy race schedule over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Martin Holmes (pic Davey Jones)

Martin Holmes (pic Davey Jones) - Credit: Archant

Members took part in three different time trials, starting on the Saturday at the Victoria CC race on the E1/10A course near Saffron Walden.

Cliff Loveday finished the 10-mile course in a time of 23 minutes 35 seconds, beating his previous best on the course by 39 seconds, as Martin Holmes finished the race in a time of 24.29.

On Sunday morning it was the ECCA championship race on the E2/25 course near Newmarket, where four Ely riders took part, riding the first half of the 25-mile course into a stiff headwind but enjoying the benefits of the tailwind on the return leg.

Darran Bennett was again the fastest Ely rider with a time of 53.48, followed by Dan Bromilow (55.15), John Manlow (56.31) and Derek Ricketts (57.48).

Dan Bromilow (pic Davey Jones)

Dan Bromilow (pic Davey Jones) - Credit: Archant

Will Shepherd was the only Ely rider racing on Bank Holiday Monday, at he Stowmarket CC 10 event on the B10/38 course east of Bury St Edmunds.

Shepherd had an eventful race, with an early incident involving a pothole knocking his handlebars out of their usual position and later having to take evasive action to avoid a loose pony on the course, but he completed the race in a time of 23.23.

Derek Ricketts (pic Davey Jones)

Derek Ricketts (pic Davey Jones) - Credit: Archant