Tye Rugg battles road spray during the 10-mile time trial.

CYCLING: Appalling weather conditions heralded the start of the time trial season for King’s Lynn Cycling Club. 

Fourteen riders faced snow, sleet and heavy rain along the 10-mile route, which started at Tottenhill and went through to Downham Market and Stradsett, returning to the finish line at Wormegay.

Jamie Sparrow recorded the swiftest time, 23.10, pipping Ian Kidman by just one second.

Other times were: Trevor Marshall 28.20, J Sutton 28.43, Nicki Brown 28.57, Simon Hardy 29.59 (on mtb), Tye Rugg 33.40, Peter Barber 34.44 and Alec Marshall/Ellie Marshall 35.06 (two-up) . 

The first 25-mile open time trial was held at Fincham and organised by race director Simon Hardy.

The route headed to Stradsett and Stoke Ferry, on to the Mundford roundabout, returning the same way. 

It is a hard, undulating sporting course and the head wind and cold made it difficult for the 36 riders. 

Team Velovelocity won the team event with Lloyd Chapman, of Plomgate CC the fastest individual, in 53.59. Women’s winner was Chanel Mason (of Storey Racing) 1.01.52. 

Lynn times were: Trevor Marshall/Nicki Brown 1.10.29 (two-up), Justin Gyton 1.01.54 and Paul Johnson 1.31.13. 

Three Lynn riders took part in a new time trial distance of 15 miles, which was arranged by Wisbech Wheelers CC. There was a strong head wind but it helped on the return route with Hardy clocking 37.58, Johnson 49.59 and Jamie Sparrow 34.22.

For any cyclist wishing to try riding a time trial, the club meet on Wednesdays at Tottenhill Village Hall, 5.45pm. The first ride will free of charge. You need to have a roadworthy bike, wear a helmet and must have a working intensive rear light.