CYCLING: Comeback man Yates wins latest Witham Wheelers club 10TT

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Witham Wheelers enjoyed another good evening for the 13th round of the club 10-mile handicap time trial league on Gorse Lane.

Although there was a good turnout of 30 riders, most of the regular winners were absent and it was the turn of Rick Yates to take his first win since returning to the club after a 20-year break in a personal best 24min 24sec. Only three seconds separated the top riders with Reece Egner and Martin Hedley equal second in 24.27. Louise George was fastest lady in 28.15.

On handicap, only four riders recorded an improvement. Simon Cocker led the way with a near one-minute improvement after swapping his usual standard road bike with a time trial specific steed. Making a rare midweek appearance, Martin Lister was second with a 43-second improvement, and newcomer Matt Taylor took another half a minute off in his third event.

Rick Yates was also fastest veteran with a plus of 2.07 by just three seconds from Martin Hedley, with Mick Egner in third on a plus of 1.26.

l Rick Yates was the sole Witham Wheelers representative in the Alford Wheelers 25 on Sunday.

The circuit course was based around Frithville, Sibsey, West Keal and Revesby, just north of Boston. Although the route had the potential to be a reasonably swift course, Sunday’s fresh westerly wind and the route’s open nature made the going quite tough.

Rick managed to slog round in 1.03.07, with the fastest rider, Andy Moore of Cherry Valley RT. clocking 56.25.

For full results visit www.withamwheelers.co.uk