CYCLING: Egner brothers contest circuit series

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NUMBERS were down in the latest round of the Pedal Pushers Circuit Race league series at Yarborough, Lincoln, on Sunday.

But racing was still exciting and Witham Wheelers’ Reece Egner came third in the Youth A category, with his brother Adam finishing out of the places in Youth B.

In the Senior 2/3/4 category, Peter Cocker punctured on the first lap but was soon prominent back at the front of the bunch. A crash left just six riders contesting the sprint with Peter taking fifth.

l The latest Velo 99 road race at Staunton on Sunday saw all the handicap groups come together with three miles remaining.

Wheeler Paul Conneely took second place in the 40-rider sprint with Phil Atherton in third and Dave Moulds sixth. Finishing in the bunch were Rob Johnson, Ross Tomblin, Tony Mendham, Dave Herd and Kim Paxton.

l There were fast times in Newark Castle CC’s open 10-mile time trial at Long Bennington on Saturday.

Despite the wet conditions, both Tony Hardenburg (26min 48sec) and Patrick Cutmore (22.43) recorded personal bests. Martin Lister turned in a rapid 24.48 despite taking a tumble on the slippery Gonerby Moor roundabout.

l Friday evening’s Scunthorpe Track League saw Peter Cocker riding aggressively in all his Senior A races, but he lacked the finishing speed for top final placings. His father Simon was happy to follow the wheels in the Senior Bs.

l Tuesday evening’s club 18-mile time trial was held over two laps of a circuit taking in Hungerton, Croxton Kerrial and Saltby.

Winner by more than a minute was schoolboy Peter Cocker, ahead of Shaun Culpin and Bill Harrison.

Results: 1 Peter Cocker 44:35, 2 Shaun Culpin 45:51, 3 Bill Harrison 46:34, 4 Paul Conneely 47:33, 5 Martin Hedley 48:11, 6 Peter Barnes 49:04, 7 Kevin Flint 50:26, 8 Dave Herd 51:43, 9 Mick Egner 51:44, 10 Simon Cocker 51:51, 11 Matt Pennifold 52:11, 12 Steve Kidd 53:42, 13 Michael Smalley 54:27, 14 John Clifton 54:57, 15 Tony Hardenberg 55:18, 6 Trevor White 57:08, 17 Adam Egner 57:49, 18 Nigel Eastaugh 58:46, 19 Natalie Eastaugh 59:09, 20 Suzanne Holdsworth 59:41, 21 Carol Milne 1:00:58.