Trio power to a time trial best

St Ives Riders Avril Swann, Ralph Keeler and Robert Dyke recorded their best ever times for a 25-mile time trial in the Apibikes event on Saturday evening. On a rather warm and not too windy day they stormed around in times of 58.11 for Swann, 59.14 for

St Ives Riders' Avril Swann, Ralph Keeler and Robert Dyke recorded their best ever times for a 25-mile time trial in the Apibikes event on Saturday evening.

On a rather warm and not too windy day they stormed around in times of 58.11 for Swann, 59.14 for Keeler and 59.21 for Dyke.

Dave Nelson, the 71 year old with 81 year old legs, only got into the race when another rider pulled out and was well outclassed with his 1.08.43 but Dominic Whitehead did rather better with 1.03.31.

On the Sunday morning Keeler covered the 25 miles of the Whitewebbs 25 course in a somewhat slower 1.02.20 but it was a lot harder.


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Conditions did not help Nelson either. His legs had aged a further 10 years from his earlier efforts and he staggered round in 1.14.24.

Stephen Butterworth was best St Ives rider with a very rapid 57.18, Andrew Bright was slightly unhappy with his 1.03.57 and Dave Jones helped Nelson to prop up the field with 1.14.33.

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The road race lads had it just as hard. Tom Caldwell, who normally spends his race time trying to burn off the rest of the field, met his match in a 71-mile event which was won at an average speed of 26.8 mph.

All he could manage this time was to hang on and finish in the middle of the bunch. Paul Rennie was more hopeful in his, Hertfordshire, event as he had positioned himself in a useful 10th place near the finish.

However, an uncooperative motorist blocked his route and he fell back, only regaining 10th at the end when he felt that a much higher position was there for the taking.

The wind was howling across the fens for the Wednesday evening 10 mile time trial and only a dozen members turned up. Luckily it was a crosswind and did not make conditions too difficult.

Visitor, Paul Hegarty was clearly fastest with 23.34 with Paul Davis best St Ives rider exactly a minute slower and also fastest veteran.

Dave Nelson beat Terry Cooke by 12 seconds for best on age standard.

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