Rain fails to dampen the spirits at the Mildenhall Cycling Rally
Thousands of cyclists and spectators descended on Mildenhall to help celebrate the Mildenhall Cycling Rally over the weekend.
Despite a deluge of torrential rain blighting the event, thousands enjoyed an action-packed three-day mixed programme of fun and serious racing as some of the UK’s best grass track riders showcased their talents.
The weekend started at 5am with 300 cyclists taking part in the 300km Rally Roving Audax ride covering 200km, 100km or 50km routes throughout Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, before the grass track racing got under way with 73 under-16 riders competing across five age groups.
The highlight of the grass track programme on the Sunday was the British Cycling National 8km Championship where a topsy-turvy race finally saw Mitch Powell (Team Terminator) cross the line first ahead of Grant Martin and Amrtin Smith.
A full field of 75 under-17 year olds ran and cycled varying distances according to their age grouping in the Children’s Duathlon, which saw victories for William Holland-Leader in the three-to-five-year-old age group, Jack Bowser (Spalding CC) in the six -to-eight-year-olds race, while Harley Gregory (West Suffolk Wheelers Tri Club) beat local rival Will Morrison (Colchester Rovers) in the nine-to-10 age category with Mildenhall’s James Carrington finishing in eighth place.
The hosts were well represented in the 11-12-year-old age group With Francis Robb (10th), Joslin Carter (11th), Colin Mantle (14th) and Oliver (18th), while Mildenhall’s Alex Robb finished eighth in the 13-16 age group event.
In the rain soaked Rally Madison, Mildenhall’s Ryan Skeats was joined by Daniel Sutton, who was racing in his first competitive event, to finish a very respectable seventh with David Robb and Zak Towler (ninth) and Matt Cook partnering Chris Ife (12th).
Menawhile, Richard Carrington and Paul Pearson were 16th while Paul Flack rode with his nephew to finish in 22nd place.
The host club were also represented in the Under-16’s Cyclo-Cross with Colin Mantle finishing 13th, Millie Flack 15th and her sister Aimee immediately behind her.
In the under-12’s race, West Suffolk Wheelers member Jack Emerson finished third, while Joslin Carter, who like his brother has only just joined the Mildenhall Club, finished in a very respectable 10th position.