CYCLING: Witham Wheeler Billy wins Lincoln crit

Billy Reed represented the Wheelers at Lincoln crits.
Billy Reed represented the Wheelers at Lincoln crits.

Witham Wheelers schoolboy racer Billy Reed took to the cobbles around Lincoln Cathedral on Saturday evening to contest the annual Castle Criterium races.

Billy made a good start and got himself in a three-man breakaway on the first lap of the technical course.

He jumped clear on the third lap with another rider who he attacked with half a lap remaining, staying clear to the finish line to take a comfortable victory.

l Witham Wheelers hosted the latest round of the Lincs Road Race League over the Skillington circuit on Wednesday evening.

Thirteen Wheelers were spread across the 50-rider field which was split into five groups, with a handicap spread of more than 10 minutes.

The gaps between the groups seemed to come down quickly and with two laps of the 35-mile race to go, Matthew Kingston-Lee held a 20 second gap over the rest of Group Two and looked to be going smoothly, with the scratch group 4min 15sec behind.

A lap later and another solo rider was off the front – Greg Saunderson from Yorkshire-based Petuaria RT – with a 1.30 lead and riding strongly.

The first chasing group of five riders included Mark Kokocinski, Ian Galpin and Adam Egner, but the rest of the field was now only 40 seconds further back.

Over the last lap, Saunderson stretched his lead to nearly two minutes for a clear win. Reece Egner and Llewelyn Byrne made a sucession of attacks before finally getting away from the bunch.

Reece rode clear on the final climb for a good second place, with Byrne holding on for third. Adam Egner attacked on the final climb and held of the bunch up the finishing straight for fourth place.