King’s Lynn cyclist Ray keeps up flying start to campaign

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Ray Barnett continued his flying start to the season in the King’s Lynn Cycling Club 10-mile time trial on Wednesday.

Having set a personal best of 23’35” in the opening event last week, he went even faster, posting a 22’58”.

He was pipped for second place by a margin of ten seconds by James Senter.

The overall win was taken by Ben Stancombe thanks to his time of 21’50”.

Ben has taken an early lead in the championship, with Ray and James in joint second.

The conditions were quite challenging, with a stiff breeze and occasional rain, but for some riders it was even tougher.

Simon Hardy and teenager Tye Rugg competed on mountain bikes with knobbly tyres, recording times of 30’53” and 38’27”.

They now jointly lead the men’s ‘Old School’ championship, for those not using time trial bikes.

Also battling adversity was newcomer Alec Seaman.

Riding in Royal Navy colours, he came home in 31’16” despite having to stop and fix a puncture!

The fastest lady, in her first race of the series, was Kay Burgess with an impressive 25’54”.

She was ahead of 13-year-old Bethany Barnett, who now leads both the Ladies TT and Juniors’ classifications.

The Ladies Old School was once again taken by Heather Rugg.

Full results: Ben Stancombe 21’50”, James Senter 22’48”, Ray Barnett 22’58”, Simon Light 23’23”, Justin Gyton 24’18”, Kay Burgess 25’54”, Gavin Buffham 26’08”, Glyn Smith 26’17”, Chris Levy 26’34”, Martin Hayes 27’11”, Bethany Barnett 29’22”, Simon Hardy 30’53”, Alec Seaman 31’16”, Heather Rugg 34’44”, Tye Rugg 38’27”.