Cyclists perform strongly

Following the success at the Woodbridge crits and the Good Friday 10-mile time trial over the Easter weekend, Great Yarmouth Cycling Club riders had an equally busy schedule last week.

Not only did the club start its weekly Somerleyton 10-mile time trials on Thursday night, but also several GYCC members rode either the Godric 10-mile TT on Saturday or the Suffolk Sunrise 100-mile sportive on Sunday.

Saturday saw four GYCC riders take on the 10-mile course just outside Bungay. The fine weather conditions were slightly hampered by the cross-winds which saw a reduction in course times. All Great Yarmouth members rode strongly and represented the club with a fantastic set of times.

The fastest GYCC rider was Neil Turner who rode to fifth place overall with a time of 22:25 – a fraction over a minute slower than fastest rider of the day, Mark Arnold.

Returning to competitive cycling with a fantastic ride was Trevor Hockold, who was able to secure a personal best of 23:03. Another personal best and second fastest C category veteran was Chris Roberts with 24:31, followed closely by Adam Houlgate who produced yet another personal best this season with 24:43.

The day after saw numerous GYCC riders tackle the technical and fatiguing Suffolk Sunrise sportive. The circuit, which started in Woodbridge and wound through the back lanes of Suffolk, saw riders push through mental and physical barriers to complete the 100-mile course – a significant milestone for any cyclist to complete.

The previous bank holiday weekend also saw the GYCC road racing fraternity out in force and riding hard for the club at the Ixworth town centre criteriums.

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The short, technical course is notorious for its sharp bends, forcing riders to brake hard and sprint quickly out of corners, often resulting in crashes.

Junior riders Zak Coleman and Ben Turner rode fantastically to finish second and 10th respectively in the under-12 race.

In the regional category three and four race, Ian Sandall, Julian Claxton and Lewis Roberts rode the circuit at a ferocious pace with a full field of 50 plus riders. Roberts was involved in a high-speed crash whilst leading the chase in the last five minutes, however Sandall and Claxton made up for this misfortune with a strong ride, and despite many riders retiring early Sandall fought hard to finish within the top dozen riders.

Again, GYCC are able to celebrate a successful couple of weeks with riders performing strongly in roads races and constantly improving their personal bests in time trials on a weekly basis.

Now the season is in full swing the club has begun its weekly time trial series held every Thursday at Somerleyton from 6.30pm.

Riders of all abilities are welcome to attend and are in with a chance of winning one of the numerous cash prizes for good performances.

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