Great Yarmouth CC’s Good Friday time trial proves to be a big attraction

Great Yarmouth CC's Jan Smith and Jenny Anderson who performed well in Good Friday's time trial. Pic

Great Yarmouth CC's Jan Smith and Jenny Anderson who performed well in Good Friday's time trial. Picture: Jan Smith - Credit: Archant

Great Yarmouth Cycling Club’s annual Good Friday 10 mile time trial had a good turnout, with 129 riders meeting at the headquarters in Wortwell for an 8am start.

Conditions were dry but on the cold side. Riders were thankful for a tailwind on the way out, although the turn meant they were faced with a tough return.

In the women’s event last year’s second place rider Verity Smith (Stowmarket & District CC) won in a time of 24:16, with Cindy Berry (Bowl Phish Racing) and Sophie Lankford (Cambridge Tri Club) taking second and third respectively with times of 24:46 and 25:11.

Four home riders took part, Jenny Anderson rode the course in 26:47, Jan Smith in 28:53 and Kerstin Langer in 28:58. All three improved their times from last year by over a minute. Catherine Lee made her debut, finishing in 29:57.

The juniors’ event saw ex GYCC rider Ollie Woods take third place, finishing in a time of 23:28. First place was taken by Lyster Romero of Wigmore CC with a time of 21:18 and second place by Lucas He (VC Baracchi) who recorded a time of 23:22.

The men’s event attracted 106 riders, 11 of whom were representing GYCC. Jonny Hawes was the fastest of Yarmouth’s riders (23:40) and Julian Claxton completed close behind in 23:51. Tom Moore showed excellent early season form, getting close to his personal best with a time 24:43.

Steve Brown, riding fixed gear, completed in 26:29 and Johnathan Lincoln finished in 27:13. GYCC’s only novices Myles Duffield and Simon Tait completed in 26:54 and 28:06 respectively.

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The self-named Pensioners’ Peloton made up of Ron Bean, Paul Hastings, Allan Schoenherr and Grenville Moore showed that age is no barrier by attaining excellent times of 31:52, 34:18, 31:07 and 32:57 respectively.

The event was won by Team Velo Velocity’s Matthew Senter in a time of 20:26 and second place was taken by DAP CC rider Harley Matthews in 20:36. Third place was taken by Lowestoft’s VC Baracchi rider Mark Richards with a time of 21:09.

Luke Hurst (VC Norwich) won the Fastest Novice prize with a time of 25:08.

Paul Jay (Team Velo Velocity) took home the Fastest Veteran with a time of 21.41, also giving him fourth place overall. The club were grateful to Lynn Evans for organising a fantastic event.