Wheelers gearing up for Ixworth cycle races

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Bury St Edmunds-based West Suffolk Wheelers and 
Triathlon Club will again 
promote a cycling programme in Ixworth on Monday.

The day-long series of eight races take place on a closed-road circuit of some 900 metres around the village’s centre and is East Anglia’s premier day of circuit races aimed at riders of all ages and abilities.

Beginning with the first race at 11.40am, the series consistently produces fast exciting racing and close finishes and attracts riders nationally as well as from local clubs.

The course is demanding and is a good test of rider skill, culminating with the first, second and elite category riders’ race at 3.45pm.

“We are very excited to continue promoting this event,” said the club’s event organiser Adrian Grimwood. “Not only do the riders need to demonstrate speed and excellent bike handling skills, but it makes for great spectator sport.

“The crowds are superb and spectators are always encouraged to come along.

“The event is well supported by local residents and businesses, with many families enjoying the entertainment on show.”

Details and a promotional video can be found at www.westsuffolkwheelers.co.uk under events and promotions

n Brothers Dale and Lee Sturman again led the way as West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club hosted their latest Thursday time trial over the Little Whelnetham 8.9-mile course, which takes in Bradfield St Clare and Felsham before a long finish to Bradfield St George.

Dale’s time of 20 minutes 36 seconds bettered the time of Lee by 39 seconds.

Stowmarket and District’s Mat Shotbolt was third in 21.30.

n The club held their first Go Tri event of the season last Friday, with the duathlon won by Darren Sharman in 24.17, closely followed by Simon Daniel (Boxford) and Scott Williams (Stowmarket Striders).

Hannah McInory was first lady in 26.14, with Emily Baker second and Ester Colman third.

The remaining three events are an aquathon at Moreton Hall Health Club on May 30 and August 15, a duathlon at Rougham Primary School on July 11 and a triathlon at Rougham Primary School on June 20.

n Five Wheelers rode in the Veterans’ Time Trial Association’s 10-mile time trial held on an out-and-back course between Rougham and Woolpit on Sunday.

A strong head wind on the out leg produced a correspondingly swift tail wind on the return leg for those still able to take advantage.

First Wheeler home was David Howse in a time of 25.07, followed by Ron Back (26.34), Henry Wood (26.53), Jim Greenwood (27.10) and and Gerry Barton 29.50.