CYCLING: Witham Wheeler Pygott claims second place in Velo99 race

Dave Borchard. Photo: Alan East
Dave Borchard. Photo: Alan East
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Round two of the Velo99 road race series took place on a cold, sunny and slightly breezy course of five laps over a 33-mile circuit at North Kelsey on Sunday.

Fifteen Witham Wheelers started in a field of 44 riders, with John Pygott being the strongest of them, finishing in second place overall, just two seconds behind the winner.

Results: 2 John Pygott (2nd Group 4), 5 Dave Herd (2nd Group 3), 17 Paul Conneely (2nd Group 6), 18 Martin Milne (3rd Group 6), 25 Rob Johnson (2nd Group 5), 26 Chris Sammler (3rd Group 5), 29 Dave Moulds (Group 5), 30 John Farmer (Group 5), 31 Ross Tomlin (Group 5), 32 Phil Etches (Group 5), 33 Phil Atherton (Group 5), 34 Tony Mendham (Group 5), 35 Crispin Bridges-Webb (Group 5), 39 Carol Milne (Group 2), 40 Mark Colclough (Group 5).

l The second round of the Witham Wheelers 10-mile time trial league took place on a dry but a cool evening, with a brisk southerly breeze seeming to take the edge of the speed for most riders, although there was rash of improvements amongst the riders who have started racing this season.

Fastest rider on the evening was Karl Baillie (Raleigh) in 23min 14sec, just edging out Reece Egner by five seconds, both riding standard road bikes instead of TT bikes, with Karl Hunt (Belvoir Tri) almost a minute back in 24.12.

Lara Thornhill was leading lady in 27.51, from Carol Milne 28.31 and Heidi Moulds 30.37. Joshua Gibson was leading schoolboy in 31.37.

On handicap, Kyle Fisher made a big improvement on his first week’s time of 2.22, more than a minute in front of Phil Gibson 1.24 and Tracey George 1.15.

Michael Smalley was again leading veteran with a +3.06, from Martin Milne +2.18 and John Pygott +2.11.

Visit www.withamwheelers.co.uk for full results.

The third round of the league takes place on Tuesday evening, sign on from 6pm at Grantham Cricket Club on Gorse Lane, first rider starts at 6.45pm. Non-members welcome to come along and try out, all you need is a safe working bike, enthusiasm and £3. Minimum age 12 years.

l Witham Wheelers vice-president and club stalwart Dave Borchard left his bike at home to take part in the Lincoln 10km on Sunday.

Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, Dave was one of 7,000 runners and walkers to tackle the distance and finished in 1.38.01, a creditable effort on his comeback from major surgery six months ago.