CYCLING: Witham Wheeler Reece rides National TT Championship

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Witham Wheeler Reece Egner went up to Stockton upon Tees to take on the National Under -23 Time Trial Championship at the weekend.

The course was 22 miles over three laps of a seven mile course. The first half of the course was like a criterium with tight bends, before riders got up speed out on the dual carriageway.

Reece was one of the early starters and set a time of 49min 29sec which was good enough 34th place.

Although it was not an outstanding result, given the majority of the field ride full time, Reece was slightly disappointed but enjoyed the experience and looks forward to moving up the order in years to come.

Former clubmate Karl Baillie (Raleigh GAC) also rode the event and placed 30th place with a time of 48:10.

l The latest round of Witham Wheelers’ 10-mile handicap TT league saw a disappointing turnout of only nine riders as the threatened heavy rain deterred riders, however, by the start the rain had stopped and conditions were quite calm, although there were no PBs on the night.

Quickest overall and consolidating his lead in the scratch competition was Henry Gould in 23.51, from veteran Simon Cocker 25.34 and duathlete Matthew Kingston-Lee third in 26.06. Carol Milne, just returned from pedalling across the Alps, was leading lady in 29.22.

Henry Gould was first on handicap and leads the points table, but could be challenged by Guy Haws and Tracey George who have less qualifying rides so far.

In the veterans rankings, Simon Cocker led the way with a +1.46, from Tony Hardenberg +1.13, to close the margin a little on series leader Michael Smalley.

The 11th round of the handicap league is on Tuesday evening, along with the club’s annual barbecue.

Next Tuesday 5th July as well as the 11th round of the 10 mile TT league its is also the clubs annual BBQ. This year proceeds will go to help raise funds for Jake Baillie through the Newlife charity.

Sign-on as usual for the time trial after 6pm at Grantham Cricket Club on Gorse lane, with the first rider starting at 6.45pm. All welcome to pop along and have a go.

The barbecue is open to all members, families, friends and guests. The bar will be open and donations would also be appreciated for the raffle.

Results: 1 Henry Gould 23:51, 2 Simon Cocker 25:34, 3 Matthew Kingston-Lee 26:06, 4 Tony Hardenberg 27:01, 5 Gary Tudbury 27:28, 6 Guy Haws 28:49, 7 Carol Milne 29:22, 8 Wayne Searle 29:41, 9 Vicky Safarris 34:10.