Melton Olympic Cycling Club honour Ray Dring with rare road race

Melton Olympic road race winner Llewellyn Byrne with Eileen Dring EMN-151108-183508002
Melton Olympic road race winner Llewellyn Byrne with Eileen Dring EMN-151108-183508002

Riders from Melton Olympic Cycling Club paid a fitting tribute to late club member Ray Dring as they held their first road race for several years in his memory.

A field of 60 category three and four riders entered and rode four-and-a-half laps of the Wymondham time trial course for a total distance of about 45 miles.

Melton Olympic road race runner-up James Wortley with Eileen Dring EMN-151108-183530002

Melton Olympic road race runner-up James Wortley with Eileen Dring EMN-151108-183530002

The weather was kind with sunny intervals and light winds making the racing fast when the flag was dropped.

With a cash prize awarded on each lap for the sprint, the racing proved fast and furious.

As the race progressed and the hill up to Market Overton started to take its toll, Llewellyn Byrne and James Wortley managed to break away from the bunch on the last lap, and at one point held a 30-second gap.

As the race made its final ascent of the Market Overton hill, the bunch began to close, but the pair crossed the finish line just outside of Thistleton only a few metres in front, Byrne taking the honours from Wortley.

Mark Greenwood who won two prime prizes at Melton Olympic road race with Eileen Dring EMN-151108-183519002

Mark Greenwood who won two prime prizes at Melton Olympic road race with Eileen Dring EMN-151108-183519002

Ray’s wife Eileen presented the prizes and thanked everybody for their efforts.

* Last Wednesday saw Melton Olympic’s evening 10 time trial at Plungar cancelled due to an East Midlands area road race taking place on part of the course.

But with the riders raring to go, the club decided to run the event on the Harby Circuit with the hill looming just before the finish.

A total of 12 riders took part with Jamie Haines (31.22) once again taking the honours from veteran Jeff Snodin (32.38).

Times: 1 Jamie Haines 31.22, 2 Jeff Snodin 32.38, 3 Stuart Faver 33.55, 4 Adam Brown 37.11, 5 Gary Ison 37.38, 6 Jim Sutherland 38.03, 7 John Atkin 38.26, 8 Dean Chapman 38.44, 9 Bryan Fenwick 39.46, 10 Mark Saunders (Nottingham Clarion CC) 41.38, 11 Andrew Keightley 42.36.