CYCLING: Hills prove no problem for Witham Wheelers

Witham Wheelers reliability ride. Photo: Alan East
Witham Wheelers reliability ride. Photo: Alan East
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Witham Wheelers were greeted with almost perfect conditions for the time of year on Sunday, cold but dry, with a slight easterly breeze helping the 34 riders who tackled the club’s eighth reliability ride of the winter.

The first group of less experienced riders rode a shorter but still hilly route, riding well together and were very pleased to complete 53 miles, the longest distance ride ever for some, at an average 12.7mph.

The full hilly 62-mile route went out through the Vale of Belvoir to Melton Mowbray, then down to Tilton on the Hill before heading towards Oakham and back to Grantham via South Witham.

Two groups tackled the full course, both working very well, regrouping over the hills and finishing together in average speeds of 16.2 and 19.0mph, with only a couple of riders dropping back with mechanical issues.

This Sunday’s ride is a rolling 69-mile route, again with a shorter alternative. The first group leaves at 8.30am from Grantham Cricket Club on Gorse Lane. All welcome.