Medal for golden girl

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West Suffolk Wheeler Trish Goulden has been presented with her gold medal for winning last year’s national women’s time trial in the 50-54-year-old age category.

Goulden received the medal at the Cycling Time Trials Champions’ Night awards ceremony in Hinckley on January 18.

This capped a very successful year for the Wheeler, who also finished 17th overall in the Best of British All Rounder series – in which she competed in distances of 25, 50 and 100 miles and for which her average overall speed over these three distances was 23.969mph.

Goulden also finished first overall in the Veteran Ladies’ Time Trial Association’s series and is current reigning champion of East Anglia in her category.

In doing so, she broke all but one of the club’s women’s time trial records.

n Ross McKenzie was the leading Wheeler when finishing 10th in the two-hour junior mountain bike race as seven club members competed in the third event of the MTB Winter Series in Thetford on Sunday.

All riders faced the same atrocious conditions under wheel, with the wet and muddy surface compounded by driving rain.

Paul Watson was 17th in the two-hour veteran male race, followed by Matt Eaglen in 54th and Ray Reeves in 92nd.

Father-and-son Dick and Robin Lines competed in the fun males race, with Robin 16th and Dick 22nd, while Malcolm Borg retired with mechanical issues in the four-hour race.

n West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club are set to host their annual Suffolk Punch reliability trial on Sunday.

Registration takes place at the Wheelers’ headquarters at Priory School, Mount Road, Bury, from 9am, with the first group setting off at 9.30am.

The idea of a reliability trial is to cycle as close to your chosen average speed as possible over a set distance.

There are three routes – of 75, 60 and 36 miles – with four average speed categories – 18, 15, 13 and 11 miles per hour.

There is no 11mph category for the 75-mile circuit.

For more information, contact event organiser Justin Wallace on 07867 600593.