CYCLING: Coleman climbs to victory

WITHAM Wheeler Jim Coleman took his first hill climb win of the season in the Drighlington BC event last Sunday.

Held in Scotchman Lane near Batley, Yorkshire, the 1km climb started off at a one-in-six gradient and increased to one-in-five before levelling off to a long drag up to the finish.

Jim’s plan was not to over commit on the early steeper part and to then take advantage on the faster part of the climb, which seemed to work and Jim finished in a time of 2min 58sec which was only five seconds behind the course record set by former national champion Matt Clinton.

Jim was in action again on Sunday in the Chesterfield Coureurs hill climb at Beeley Moor in Derbyshire.

He completed the 2.31-mile climb in 9.07 to finish third, notably taking the scalp of former national champion Mark Lovatt who could only manage 9.32 for fifth place. The event was won by former Swedish mountain biker Gunnar Gronlund.

l Witham Wheelers riders did not have the most successful day in the latest round of the Lincolnshire Cyclo-cross League hosted by Bourne Wheelers at Bourne Woods on Sunday.

In a big field of 90 riders for the senior event, Peter Cocker made a good start and was up among the first 10 when a bizarre crash involving a deer brought him down him along with three other riders. Peter was forced to retire with considerable bruising and some bike damage.

First Witham Wheeler to finish was Sean East who had an untroubled race and came home in the 30s. Simon Cocker finished well down the field.

Riding the under-12s event, Kerrigan Robb was going well in third place when he and several riders went off course and were unable to complete the race.

l The previous Sunday’s Alford Wheelers’ ’cross saw Eleanor Crawford ride steadily to finishh well in the under-16s.

Peter Cocker faded from seventh to 12th in the senior race to take second junior. Sean East rode a steady race to place in the 30s while Simon Cocker retired with a mechanical problem on the third lap.

l The club’s hill climb and freewheeling championships were held on Harby Hill last Sunday.

The younger riders led the way, filling the top three positions, with Karl Baillie improving by 26 seconds on last year’s time for the win.

Results: Karl Baillie 3.07, Patrick Cutmore 3.18, Reece Egner 3.34, Chris Samler 3.35, James Carter 3.41, Martin Hedley 4.07, John Pygott 4.08, Clive Baillie 4.24, Rob Duckett-Smith 4.32, Adam Egner 4.33, Kerrigan Robb 4.55, Trevor White 4.58.

In the subsequent downhill contest, Robert Barrett-Duckett freewheeled the furthest to hold on to the trophy for the second successive year.