Wheelers compete in impressive day’s racing

YOUNG GUNS: Action from the youth C, under-12 boys and girls race at Ixworth
YOUNG GUNS: Action from the youth C, under-12 boys and girls race at Ixworth
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West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club members were among those to compete in superb day’s racing in Ixworth on Monday.

On a day of fast and sustained riding across the board, stand out individual performances came in the final event of the day in the one hour and five laps men’s elite and juniors race where Steve Lampierre, of Velosure-Giordana RT, finished first in spectacular style having led almost from the start, followed by Dean Shannon, of Richardson Trek RT.

Ahead of the final leg of the Women’s Tour of Britain finishing in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday, Emma Trott — riding for Boels Dolmans — carved her way through 
the field in the senior 
women’s 40 minutes and five laps race to finish very strongly ahead of Tanya Griffiths, of Stanley Primal Pro Cycling.

The Wheelers were also well represented, with the residents’ race being won in fine style by Kim Bonnelykke and Sam Asker continuing his fine run of form to finish sixth in the 25-minute youth B under-14 race.

n Elsewhere, club members Phil Clarke and Chris Hinitt made the trip to Great Notley for the Great Notley Duathlon on Sunday

Held in and around Great Notley Country Park, the 140-strong field contested a 4km cross-country run followed by a 20km bike route and a repeat of the 4km run.

Despite the warm conditions, Hinitt finished 98th in a personal best time of two minutes and nine seconds, while Clarke took a promising 50th overall.

n On a busy weekend for the club’s time triallists, there were stand out performances from Trish Goulden and Sarah Wells.

Continuing her recent good form, Goulden rode in the VC Norwich Cycling Club’s 25-mile time trial on Sunday and impressed to finish as first lady and 26th overall.

Riding her first open 10-mile time trial in the Cambridge Cycling Club’s 10-mile time trial at Cambourne on Saturday, Wells posted a determined 23 minutes and 58 seconds.

Elsewhere, the club was well represented in King’s Lynn Cycling Club’s 10 mile time trial.

In a field of 74 riders, first Wheeler home was Richard Balaam in 25.47 (49th).

He was followed by Mark Eastwood (26.22 and 57th), Mandy Bunn (27.26 for 62nd), John Steed (28. 26 and 67th) and Gerry Barton (28.51 and 70th).