CYCLING: Witham Wheeler Tony wins on handicap in Alford 10

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Three Witham Wheelers rode the Alford Wheelers 10-mile time trial on a course between Gunby and Ulceby Cross, near Skegness, on Sunday.

Fortune favoured Tony Hardenberg on the day as the winner of the handicap award with a net time of 17min 46sec, 17 seconds better than his nearest competitor.

Results: Rick Yates 23.01, James Westwood 24.02, Tony Hardenberg 25.13.

Windy conditions combined with school holidays and gridlock in Grantham town centre resulted in reduced numbers for round 14 of the club 10-mile TT league.

Generally, times were well down with quite a few riders around 90 seconds off their usual pace. Reece Egner was quickest on the evening in 24.09, nearly 40 seconds in front of Rick Yates, with James Westwood another minute further back.

There were a couple of improvements, however, with schoolboy Ehren Courtman leading the way with 22 seconds, and Heidi Moulds 10 seconds. Michael Smalley continued to dominate the veterans’ results with another first place with a plus 2.32.

In the overall standings, Gary Symons looks to have a winning lead although he could still be overtaken by Peter Watson in the scratch competition.

The handicap competition is much more interesting. Though Michael Smalley has the lead, he looks to have possibly peaked this year and with Heidi Moulds, Ehren Courtman, Phil Smith and Donna White still recording personal bests, it’s all to ride for in the final two weeks.

Results: 1 Reece Egner 24.09, 2 Rick Yates 24.47, 3 James Westwood 25.51, 4 Michael Smalley 26.30, 5 Tony Hardenberg 26.55, 6 Richard Manton 27.18, 7 Robert McAndrew 27.36, 8 Dave Herd 28.53, 9 Ehren Courtman 29.19, 10 Louise George 29.57, 11 Trevor White 30.00, 12 John Scott 30.45, 13 Heidi Moulds 31.12, 14 Donna White 34.09, 15 Vicky Safarris 34.29.