CYCLING: Reigning champions Witham Wheelers forced to yield trophy at Heckington Show

Witham Wheelers grasstrackers, from left - Jessica East, Adam Egner, Max Moore, Ehren Courtman, Billie Reed and Robert McAndrew. Photo: Alan East
Witham Wheelers grasstrackers, from left - Jessica East, Adam Egner, Max Moore, Ehren Courtman, Billie Reed and Robert McAndrew. Photo: Alan East
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Witham Wheelers’ young riders took part in the annual inter-club Go-Ride grasstrack races at the Heckington Show on Saturday.

Luckily, the heavy rain from the day before had cleared away and a strong wind helped dry the track out, although it made for some hard racing in front of a large, appreciate crowd in the show’s main arena.

This year there were six-rider teams from Grantham, Spalding and Bourne, from 10 to 16 years old, making for some interesting racing as the different ages of each team made the result difficult to predict. The race programme consisted of individual pursuit, one lap sprint, Italian team pursuit and four-lap scratch race.

In the end, the Italian pursuit in which each rider completes half a lap before swinging off to leave the next rider on the team to take over the effort, proved decisive as Bourne just headed Witham Wheelers by two seconds, with Spalding 10 seconds further behind. This was how the overall result finished with the Grantham club handing over the trophy they won last year.

Witham Wheelers Go-Ride coach Tracey McAndrew organised and put the team together, with parents and club members helping out on the day.