CYCLING: Good turnout for final Witham Wheelers reliability ride in the hills

Witham Wheelers toil up an ascent in the Vale of Belvoir on Sunday. Photo: Alan East
Witham Wheelers toil up an ascent in the Vale of Belvoir on Sunday. Photo: Alan East

A good turnout of 32 riders for the final Witham Wheelers reliability ride of the season on Sunday included several guests from Newark for the famed 59-mile, 13-hill challenge.

The route zig-zagged its way along the Belvoir ridge, taking in hills including Branston, Eastwell, Harby, Long Clawson, Stathern, Terrace, Woolsthorpe, Belvoir and Denton, to give a total of 3,645ft of climbing; coupled with a strong easterly wind, this made for a real challenge.

Riders taking part were Bill Harrison, David Crook, John Scott, Julie Clark, Phil Holmes, Tim Webb, Andy Dunn, Carol Milne, Dave Strickson, Graham McAndrew, Ian Metcalfe, Ian Rayson, Jason McColl, Louise George, Mark Arthur, Mark Wilson, Mark Simmonds, Peter Cook, Pete Morrison, Rich Seabrook, Russell Newman, Simon Cocker, Tony Mendham, Tracey George, Dave Edlin, Dave Miller, Ehren Courtman, Martin Milne, Martyn Ludlam, Matthew Kingston-Lee, Paul Conneely and Robert McAndrew.

l Reece and Adam Egner travelled to Derbyshire to tackle the first round of the East Midlands Road Race League, on a hilly circuit with strong winds.

A field of 80 took to the start line, however, the race soon got blown to bits with more than half of the field being dropped after the first time up the main climb.

Unfortunately, Adam was one of these riders, struggling with the tough course and conditions, and decided to pull out after two laps.

The race was won from a break of six that went fairly early in the race. Reece found himself in the remainder of the bunch which was no more than 40 on the last lap.

At the finish, he took 19th place with which he was content enough, given it was the first one of the season.