CYCLING: King’s Lynn Cycling Club’s weekly time trial brought a taste of the generation game.
Last Wednesday’s event saw three generations of the same family taking part with the Barnetts making up a quarter of the field.
It was a disappointing turn-out of only 12 riders, despite the warm sunshine, but Ray Barnett took the family honours, comfortably the fastest member of the clan, completing the 10-mile course in 23.26.
It was enough to secure a podium place in the men’s category but he was edged into third place by a margin of 18 seconds by James Senter.
Yet to miss a race this season, Senter extended his championship lead over Ben Stancombe.
However, the winner on the night was the impressive Steve Neill, whose time of 21.59 was achieved with an average speed of 27.3mph.
Meanwhile, Ray’s father Raymond, visiting the area and riding as a guest, came home in 29.21 just ahead of the youngest Barnett, 13-year-old Bethany who finished in 29.32.
She was the only competitor in the ladies class, and her maximum points haul allowed her to stretch her lead over Kay Burgess.
Continuing the family theme, there was plenty to celebrate for mother and son combination Heather and Tye Rugg. Heather’s time of 31.21 yielded an unopposed victory in the ladies old school class, which she continues to lead from Sam May, while Tye took the honours in the hotly-contested juniors championship.
His 28.51 saw him beat Bethany Barnett by less then a minute, enabling him to double his overall lead to four points.
However, he had to play second fiddle to Simon Hardy in the men’s old school class. The runaway leader won for the eighth race in a row thanks to his 25.24. With Trevor Marshall absent, Hardy now leads by 59 points from Rugg, who edged into second place.
There are only six races left this season and, with 14 points for a win, Hardy’s position is beginning to look unassailable.
Anyone is welcome to have a go at time trialling, all you need is a roadworthy bike with a working rear light.
Go to Tottenhill Village Hall on any Wednesday, 6pm, and see how fast you can ride 10 miles. Entry is £5 for adult non-members and £2 for u18s.
Full results: S Neill 21.59, J Senter 23.08, R Barnett jnr 23.26, J Kidman 23.49, J Gyton 24.45, C Levy 25.15, S Hardy 25.24, T Rugg 28.51, R Barnett snr (guest) 29.21, B Barnett 29.32, D Hallahan (Wisbech Wheelers) 30.17, H Rugg 31.21.