CYCLING: Grantham racers take to the roads in first event of the year

Peter Cocker leads the bunch.
Peter Cocker leads the bunch.
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Grantham cyclists took part in the first East Midlands road race of the year at Darley Moor, Ashbourne, on Saturday.

Witham Wheelers Paul Conneely and Chris Carter were both happy with top 20 finishes in the third/fourth category event. Reece Egner and James Carter contested the juvenile under-16 race and finished just outside the points in fifth and sixth places respectively. Clubmate Jennifer McAndrew rode well in another chasing group to finish as first girl.

In the under-14s, Adam Egner rode strongly but was out of the placings, and Robert McAndrew gained good experience in his first race in this age category.

Now riding for new junior team Forme Racing, Peter Cocker took part in the elite/first/second/third category event, riding a defensive race for his team-mates but still managing to bridge to the main chasing bunch and finish seventh overall in the final sprint.

+ A quartet of Witham Wheelers braved the cold for an early season open time trial at Folkingham on Sunday.

Hosted by Bourne Wheelers, the 14.3-mile hilly event saw riders battle a bitter wind and hailstones on the outward leg to Billingborough, with a helpful tailwind back to Folkingham.

Results: Martin Hedley 40min 41sec, Chris Crawford 40.59, Bill Harrison 42.10, Tony Hardenberg 43.51.