Neill wins King’s Lynn 25-mile battle for first home rider

Beth Barnett
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King’s Lynn Cycling Club hosted a 25-mile time trial on the A134 on Saturday with race headquarters being at Fincham Village Hall.

Weather conditions were variable and 60 riders participated from various clubs to race for prizes in different categories. This event was also part of the WERL women’s eastern racing league.

Winner on the day was Dan Bloy from Team Velovelicity in 0.53.48 followed by O. Jones from Ipswich CC in 0.55,33.

KLCC was very well represented and Steve Neill was the first KLCC rider home in 0.59.22 followed very closely by James Senter in 0.59.33 – a little friendly battle going on between them.

Other KLCC riders times as follows: Simon Hardy 1.02.06, Miles Thomas 1.04.51, Ray Barnett 1.05.05, Chris Levy 1.06.42, Trevor Marshall 1.11.34, Kay Burgess 1.12.02, Lewis Fulljames 1.12.57 (junior), Nicola Brown 1.13.15, Alec Marshall 1.19.25 (junior), Bethany Barnett 1.21.48 (junior).

Senter commented after his race: “Weather conditions were hot, about 25 degrees with crosswinds making it feel like a head wind on the first leg and also feeling like a head wind on the second leg which made this a hard time trial.

“I finished with an average speed of 25.3mph.”

Kay Burgess of KLCC commented: “The course is a fairly tough one and today it was fairly windy in parts.

“Trying to gain time on the harder sections made for a tough day.”

Alec Marshall, aged 15, and a junior rider from KLCC, added: “I did my very first 25-mile tt and set a target to finish under 1 hour 20.

“I was very satisfied with a time of 1:19:25.

“The course was very challenging, but I felt that the challenges were needed to help us riders improve in our sport.”

Bethany Barnett, the youngest rider on the day, one of KLCC’s juniors and a member of the Go Ride Club, competed at the event aged 12.

Bethany rode on a time trial bike on the day and gained more experience.

Race secretary Chris Elliott thanked all involved in a successful event on the day. He thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and the day itself.

Go Ride Club news – the summer holiday sessions are at Lynnsport (Dutton Pavilion) on Monday and at Memorial Field in Downham on Wednesday (August 17).

Both days 9.45am until noon and 12.45 until 3pm. Bring your own bike or use one of KLCC’s.

l The popular third annual KLCC Road Race is on Sunday, October 16, starting in Grimston.

See the club website for more details: www.kingslynn cyclingclub.co.uk