King’s Lynn rider Burgess saddles up for two eastern league third spots

Kay Burgess KLCC Womens Eastern Racing League'Photo taken by John Orbea Neutral
Kay Burgess KLCC Womens Eastern Racing League'Photo taken by John Orbea Neutral
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King’s Lynn CC rider Kay Burgess has been competing this season in the Women’s Eastern Racing League time trials and road racing.

She achieved third place in the WERL for time trialling road league category and also third for the Masters category (over 40).

Burgess is pictured at the WERL prize presentation held at Semer Village Hall, near Ipswich, receiving one of her trophies.

She commented: “It has been a really positive experience being part of the WERL. The league was set up to encourage people to organise races for women so that in turn more women will compete.

“The people that run the league work very hard to promote women’s racing and I would encourage female cyclists who are interested in having a go at road racing or time trialling to give it a try.”

ABCC (Association of British Cycling Coaches) Level 3 coach Gary Smith, who has coached Burgess this year, commented on her season: “Kay has had a superb season.

“I have seen the sheer hard work and determination flourish into many awards and personal achievements.

“Kay finishes the season as third overall in a series competing on a traditional road bike in Time Trials.”

This required her to travel around East Anglia racing in 10 and 25-mile TT’s. Six races were counted towards the total.

These started from March and her last one was in September.

Burgess has also raced a 50-mile TT, her first-ever attempt at this distance and rode a very good time of 2hr 11min 22 seconds. This should see her crowned KLCC ladies champion.

Burgess also completed her first 100-mile ride in a Sportive in Suffolk and then rode as part of KLCC in Ride London.

Her last competitive event was the East District Hill Climb Championships and she finished 3rd Woman on the day.

Smith added: “Women’s cycling has really boomed over the last few years and Kay is such an ambassador for this.

“It has been such a pleasure coaching and training Kay this year.

“I certainly look forward to seeing her and women’s cycling succeed even further.”

l On Sunday KLCC hosted a club one-mile Hill Climb up Flitcham Hill and 33 riders competed against each other.

Among the junior riders was KLCC’s Bethany Barnett, 12, in her first time trial event. The winner was Freddy Pett of Strada sports in 2.32 followed by Matthew Webster of Loughborough CC in 2.36 and Ben Keeley of TVV in 2.40.

First KLCC rider: James Senter in 2.41. Other KLCC results: J. Vieira 2.44, S Neill 2.46, R Barnett 3.07, K Muller 3.13, J Falcao 3.13, P Hunt 3.18, R Florance 3.32, K. Burgess 3.35, G Bowles 3.46, N Kenny 3.47, P Seaman 3.52, A Borrman 3.59, M Lo 4.00, P Terreros 4.03, T Simper 4.28, B. Barnett 4.29, L Howlett 5.11.

Thanks to Flitcham Community Hall for allowing KLCC to use it as event headquarters.