CYCLING: Witham Wheelers are top team in hilly Spalding race

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THE combined efforts of Jim Coleman, Neil Sentance and Chris Carter saw Witham Wheelers win the fastest team of three prize in the Spalding CC hilly 27-mile time trial on Sunday.

A great turnout of nine Wheelers tackled the testing course from Edenham to Grantham and back. One of just two riders to get under the hour, Jim finished second but only by 36 seconds to professional rider Steven Lampier (Sigma Sport RT).

Results: Jim Coleman 59min 4sec, Neil Sentence 1.08.27, Chris Carter 1.08.45, Bill Harrison 1.08.58, Toby Kieley 1.13.30, Chris Crawford 1.14.11, Kim Paxton 1.17.22, Martin Lister 1.18.12, Mike Lewis 1.24.00.

l There were good results for the Wheelers in the first round of circuit races at Thoresby Hall on Sunday.

Feeling the benefits of his a bike, Kerrigan Robb placed third in the under-10s. Adam Egner started well and held on for fourth in the under-12s.

A big field in the combined under-14/16s saw another competitive race over 40 minutes plus two laps. Wheeler Peter Cocker was one of the main animators and forced a break of three after around 15 minutes which stayed clear to the end, where Peter lost out in the sprint to finish third. Karl Baillie figured well in the second group for 10th overall and the third under-14. Reece Egner kept going well in his longest race to date for 20th overall.

l Wheelers enjoyed some good rides but no placings at Darley Moor circuit races on Saturday.

A big field in the under-16s event made for a competitive race with Peter Cocker getting into the lead break of nine but missing out in the final sprint to finish seventh. Harry Browning rode strongly in the second group.

Karl Baillie featured well in the under-14s lead group but also missed out in the final sprint. Simon Cocker rode safely in the bunch in the senior 3/4 category event but didn’t trouble the judges.

l With so many club riders in competitive action, the turnout for Witham Wheelers’ final reliability ride of the winter season was disappointing.

But the three riders who completed the event had a great ride on a scenic rote down to Rockingham Forest and back. Veteran tourist John Hill and two riders who only started cycling last year, Carol and Martin Milne, completed the 100-mile route at an average speed of 13.5mph.