Smith grabs solid second spot

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The closed circuit racing season is well underway with West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club members 
impressing in a host of races.

Among those competing, Tom Smith gave the standout performance at round four of the Redbridge CC Summer Series held at Hog Hill, Redbridge.

Carrying on from his emphatic win in the fourth category race at the recent Ixworth Crits, Smith had another impressive race in the men’s fourth category one hour and five laps race of the notorious Hog Hill circuit.

In with the leading pack of riders from the off, Smith turned the screw on the rest and using the hilly course well, stayed with the eventual race winner for a sprint finish where he was just pipped for second, earning him eight points and a very well deserved early season promotion to third category racer.

Elsewhere, round four of the Lotus series was held over the 2.2 mile closed circuit road at Hethersett in Norfolk.

Not to be outdone by Smith, Fraser Elsworth also put in a very strong race in the Lotus Youth Under-14 B category finishing the 30 minute race in second place.

Wheelers were out in force in the 60 minute long men’s fourth category race, with Jeremy Waterson drilling around the course to finish ninth while club mates Malcolm Borg (17th) and Richard Stiff (34th) were also on form.

n Wheelers’ Henry Wood recorded a notable personal best of 24 minutes and eight seconds in the Eastern Counties Cycling Association 10-mile Open Time Trial on Saturday.

A testing head wind had the Wheelers’ contingent pacing hard until the wind-assisted return leg.

On a tricky day for time trialling, Zoila Gilham-Fernandez recorded a commendable 26:12 on her debut open time trial over this distance, while David Howes worked hard for 24:08, as did John Coles for 26:29.

n Meanwhile, grass track cycle racing returns on Sunday with the annual West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club meeting at Fornham All Saints community centre.

The first race sets off at 1pm, with a thrilling day’s racing in prospect around a 250m circuit on the adjacent sports field. There are youth, men’s and women’s races.

Attracting riders from as far afield as Chesterfield and Spalding, the meeting also forms an integral part of both the National 800m Short Distance Grass Track League, and, for endurance cyclists, the National 8km Endurance Grass Track League.

Riders will be fighting for ranking points in the race for national honours. For more information contact admin@westsuffolkwheelers.co.uk