Steve Neill smashed the one-hour barrier in the time trial

CYCLING: Conditions were tough for the competitors in this week’s King’s Lynn Cycling Club time trial.

The event had been threatened by strong winds earlier in the day, and although they had eased by the evening, the 25-mile Tottenhill course still presented a stern challenge.

Not that you’d know it looking at Steve Neill’s time. He smashed the one-hour barrier by storming home (excuse the pun) in 56’25”, way ahead of the rest of the field. While Steve was the comfortable winner of the Men’s time trial category, the racing was a lot closer behind him.

Alec Seaman, riding in Royal Navy and Royal Marines colours, claimed 2nd with 1’01’03”, edging out James Senter by a mere five seconds.

However, the 12 points James earned as second KLCC rider enabled him to take the overall lead in the season’s championship ahead of the absent Ben Stancombe.

The leadership of the Juniors class changed hands in similar circumstances. Tye Rugg was the only youngster competing on the night.

Appropriately wearing number 1, the 13-year-old took maximum points unopposed with his time of 1’19’24”, increasing his tally to 86 to overtake Bethany Barnett on 80.

Simon Hardy was already holding an unassailable lead in the Men’s old school, and he consolidated it further with his fifth consecutive win in 1’05’04”, becoming the first rider to top 100 points.

Trevor Marshall was pushed down to third as his 1’12’18” was bettered by new member Chris Sopp’s 1’08’01”.

No ladies raced.