CYCLING: Coleman races to double weekend time trial victories

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WITHAM Wheelers’ top time trialist Jim Coleman recorded two victories at the weekend, and broke a course record in the process.

On Saturday, Jim reduced the A18-based Lindsey Roads CC 10 course record by just one second in a nippy 19min 58sec on a roughly surfaced single carriageway.

Jim was a clear winner of the Newmarket 21 in 46.45 on a sporting course on Sunday.

l Three members of Witham Wheelers took part in the Sherburn-in-Elmet Circuit races in Yorkshire on Saturday.

In the under-12 race, Kerrigan Robb missed a three-man move off the front of the bunch. Unble to bridge the gap against a strong headwind, Kerrigan held on to take fourth in the group sprint.

James Carter kicked too early at the end of the four-lap under-16 race but clung on to take fifth place in the sprint.

Chris Carter gained his Category 3 licence after the Cat 4 only race in which he took fifth place. He also raced in the Cat 3/4 race and managed a top 20 finish despite tired legs.

l Reece Egner and Karl Baillie took part in the CC Giro circuit races last Saturday.

Seventy-six riders turned up for the Youth A (16 and under) race so the organisers arranged two 20-minute qualifying heats for a 60-rider final.

Karl finished in the front group of his heat to ensure qualification but, competing at national level for the first time, Reece missed on in a heat marred by heavy rain.

Karl was aggressive throughout the hour-long final and took 17th place in the sprint. He was also in action the following day in another national series event at Solihull, but the fast, twisting track was not to his liking and he was pleased to take 25th in the hectic bunch sprint.

l Reece and Adam Egner have started to gain confidence on the track and secured several placings in the Youth races of the latest track league meeting at Scunthorpe on Friday.

Reece finished second in the three-lap scratch race, the four-lap A/B points race, and was also runner-up in the first one-lap sprint. Adam won the fourth one-lap sprint.

l Peter Cocker contested the five-day Ras De Cymru in Wales as part of a composite Lincolnshire team last week.

Peter finished 10th in the opening hilly five-mile time trial. The second stage was abandoned due to floods but Peter managed 19th on the third day’s 59-mile road stage to maintain his top 10 place.

His depleted team lost 3min 38sec in the fourth stage team time trial which dropped Peter out of the top 50.

He returned to the top 50 after the fifth stage in which he finished in a small leading bunch. He finished just outside the top 30 after a brave breakaway on the final stage.

His final placing was 39th overall from 85 finishers, 5.37 behind the winner. Peter was second in the King of the Mountains and took a share of the most aggressive rider prize on stage five.

l Jim Coleman equalled his own Gorse Lane course record of 20.47 in the Wheelers’ latest 10-mile handicap league time trial on Tuesday night.

Improving by more than a minute, Nigel Easthaugh was first on handicap. Overall he is second, seven points behind leader John Farmer who only took one point this week.

Results: Jim Coleman 20:47 1 20:00 9 2, Patrick Cutmore 23:59 2 19:57 7 4, Neil Sentence 24:17 3 20:30 13, Harry Browning 24:35 4 19:48 5 6, John Farmer 24:45 5 20:15 10 1,Paul Conneely 25:45 6 21:04 19, Peter Watson 25:58 7 19:27 4 7, Jacob Storey 26:27 8 21:24 21, Kim Paxton 26:37 9 20:22 11, Dave Herd 26:43 10 21:38 22, Paul Fairey 27:46 11 20:24 12, Louise George 28:56 12 19:06 2 9, Michael Smalley 29:11 13 21:01 18, Tony Hardenberg 29:16 14 20:40 14, Dave Beckett 29:25 15 19:53 6 5, Peter Storey 29:57 16 21:14 20, Trevor White 30:41 17 20:52 16, Nigel Eastaugh 30:48 18 18:54 1 10, Ian Evans 30:55 19 50:55 23, Natalie Eastaugh 31:30 20 19:58 8 3, Gary Kirton 32:57 21 20:44 15, Dawn Potts 35:20 22 19:21 3 8, Helen Boott 36:14 23.