Just 20 seconds separated the top four in the latest round of the West Suffolk Wheelers Tri Club time trial series, held on the hilly Horringer 10 mile circuit.
Ben Mickleburgh, from team Velovelocity, took the victory posting a time of 25 minutes and two seconds, with Lee Sturman finishing in 25.03 and Paul Rooke a further 15 seconds down in 25.17.
Making up the top six was Richard Farrow with 25.22, 14-year-old Harry Paine (Glendene CC) in 25.36 and fast improving junior, Lewis Elson, with another course best 26.05.
Junior Tom Mills continues to impress, setting a course best with 27.01.
Ben Mickleburgh 25.02 (Velovelocity); Lee Sturman 25.03; Paul Rooke 25.17; Richard Farrow 25.22; Harry Paine 25.36 (U18); Lewis Elson 26.05 (U18); Darren Davis 26.31; Tom Mills 27.01 (U18); Will Newland 27.15; Pip Moore 27.28; Peter Stephenson Wall 27.32; Paul Watson 27.37; Richard Balaam 27.48; Henry Wood 27.53; Viv Smith 27.54; James Asker 28.12; David Young 28.18; Steve Newman 28.20; David Howe 28.30; John Brooks 29.17; Dermot O’Riorden 29.23; Jim Greenwood 29.51; Ross MacKenzie 29.53; Tom Gidney 29.56; Martin Gale 29.56; Steve Williams 30.00; Neil Grimmer 30.18; Robin Lines 30.54 (U18); Rhys Holland-Jones 31.04 (U18); Gerry Barton 31.38; Malcom MacFarlane 32.05; Elliot Phillips 33.07 (U18); Michael Lawson (DNF)
n Elsewhere, Fraser Elsworth and Sam Asker travelled to Welwyn, Hertfordshire, to compete in the Eastern Region Track Championship.
The first race in the four-race competition was a one lap individual time trial from a standing start, Elsworth took fifth place with Asker sixth.
In the elimination race, both boys remained in the bunch with Asker launching a sprint in the last 50m to take victory.
Race three was a one lap bunch sprint where Elsworth was fifth and Asker third.
The final event was a six lap scratch race and both boys rode aggressively at the front of the pack.
Once again the final positions were decided by a sprint finish, with Elsworth claiming fifth and Asker second place.
However, elation for Asker and an overall podium place was shattered when he was told he had made an illegal move in the final sprint and was demoted from third overall to fourth, just ahead of Elsworth who was fifth.