CYCLING: Witham Wheeler Pilgrim defies wind to record sub-55 minute 25-mile TT

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Five Witham Wheelers encountered heavy showers and blustery conditions whilst taking part in the VTTA Notts and East Midlands 25-mile time trial.

The course started on the old A46 near Farndon and headed south to join the A46 dual-carriageway southbound.

The initial 10 miles or so to the turn at the Stragglethorpe junction were straight into the teeth of the wind which, when combined with some of the climbs, had riders grovelling. The payback came in the form of tail wind for the next 13 miles rewarding the riders with speeds well in excess of 40mph at some points. The sting in the tail was the final two miles back on to the old A46 and into the headwind once again.

Nevertheless, and to the surprise of some, a number of excellent times were recorded with fastest Wheeler being John Pilgrim in 54min 56sec.

Others: Rick Yates 57.24, Tony Hardenberg 1.00.46, Martin Hedley 1.1.49, Martin Lister 1.8.44.

l Wheelers junior Adam Egner rode a 10-mile circuit race at Darley Moor on Saturday.

Starting off in the sun, the winds were strong and by the end Adam was caught out in the crosswinds. However, he managed to fight on to the back of the leading group in the pouring rain for 18th place out of a 30-strong field.

The following day, Adam and clubmate Ehren Courtman contested the East Midlands Omnium event at the new Derby Velodrome.

Adam started the day 22nd overall after the 1km time trial and by the end of the day finished 23rd overall out of 31 strong riders.

Ehren began the day in 30th position but after a strong keirin and elimination race he managed to edge up to 29th in the end.

l Two Grantham riders took part in the prestigious Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic event on Sunday.

In the morning’s National Junior Series race, Alastair Golby had the best result with 17th overall, coming in with a small group of nine riders just over two minutes down on the leading break. Karl Baillie was riding strongly before he fell foul of the numerous punctures on the Barrowberg offroad section and retired, unable to get back up to the bunch.

In the senior event, contested by 180 riders from all the UK professional teams plus several continental outfits, Peter Cocker was well in contention in the leading bunch up to around the 75-mile mark.

But with a lack of racing miles so far this season, the constant accelerations on the narrow lanes around Owston finally told and he was dropped and pulled out of the race with just 25 miles remaining. Harry Browning pulled out a little earlier.