CYCLING: Courtman cruises to Witham Wheelers time trial league victory

Handicap time trial champion Ehren Courtman.
Handicap time trial champion Ehren Courtman.
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The final round of the Witham Wheelers 10-mile time trial league saw a cold evening with a strong westerley breeze slowing the riders down, but at least the rain stopped long enough for the riders to remain dry.

With the scratch and veterans leagues already decided, all eyes were on the handicap competition, with four riders still in with a chance of winning.

With this added motivation, schoolboy Ehren Courtman (28min 34sec) produced the ride of the evening to take 45 seconds off his previous best, the only rider to improve on the evening. The 20 points gained were enough to consolidate his first place on 211 from Heidi Moulds 202, Michael Smalley 201 and Phil Smith 198 – the closest competition for many years.

Quickest rider on the evening was Reece Egner in 22.49, from John Pilgrim 22.58 and Peter Watson 23.51. Michael Smalley continued his dominance of the veterans competition with + 2.58, ahead of James Westwood +1.34 and Simon Cocker +1.30.

Results: 1 Reece Egner 22.49, 2 John Pilgrim 22.58, 3 Pete Watson 23.51, 4 James Westwood 24.53, 5 Simon Cocker 25.44, 6 Michael Smalley 26.04, 7 Stephen Hobday 26.27, 8 Richard Manton 26.31, 9 Tony Hardenberg 26.50, 10 Phil Smith 28.04, 11 Robert McAndrew 28.08, 12 Dave Herd 28.21, 13 Ehren Courtman 28.34, 14 Heidi Moulds 30.45, 15 Vicky Safarris 32.44.

l A trio of Wheelers rode the Team Swift Charity 10 on the super-fast but very windy South Cave course, near Hull.

Despite the conditions, John Pilgrim recorded an impressive new personal best of 19.57, as did Martin Hedley in 21.53.

Schoolboy Robert McAndrew finished in 23.17, whilst his elder sister Jenny (Team Jadan) completed the distance in 23.30.