CYCLING: Witham Wheelers duo make their debut on the boards

Witham Wheelers Mick Egner and Dave Moulds hit the boards at Manchester Velodrome.
Witham Wheelers Mick Egner and Dave Moulds hit the boards at Manchester Velodrome.

Two members of Witham Wheelers made their debut in the Manchester Track League on Friday.

Both Mick Egner and Dave Moulds were suffering from chesty coughs and were not expecting much in the way of results.

But Mick managed to bag second place in the ‘unknown distance’ race, with Dave sprinting for sixth. Mick was sixth in the elimination race and Dave 12th from the original 28-rider field.

Mick’s attempt at a late breakaway in the scratch race failed but he held on for sixth, with Dave two places behind. The four-lap dash saw a split in the field but Dave held on to finish a creditable sixth.

In the final 20-lap points race, Mick picked up second place in the third sprint, with Dave just out of the points in fifth.

Mick finished the night in a creditable fifth place overall.

l Riding for new team, Pedal Pushers, Karl Baillie raced in the first round of the track league’s Premier Division

He came in the top 10 of the opening 40-lap scratch race and picked up a few points to finish just outside the top five in the 50-lap points event.

Karl rode well in the elimination race before getting caught out to finish fifth. In the final 10-mile scratch race, he came from far back to take sixth with a strong sprint.

The previous weekend, Karl rode for Team Sky in the Hoy Future Stars event as part of the Revolution 43 meeting at Manchester Velodrome.

He began well, taking second in the 20-lap scratch race and finished just outside the top five in the 20-lap points event. He made a cheeky move on the inside to snatch fourth in the final six-lap dash.

Karl lies in fifth place overall with two rounds of the competition remaining.

l The last two Sundays saw the staging of Witham Wheelers’ first two reliability rides of the winter.

Sixty-one riders, split into five ability-related groups, took on the opening 32-mile route which started on Gorse Lane and headed out to Waltham on the Wolds, Harby and returned via Belvoir Castle.

The second ride took 48 entrants over a rolling 41-mile route via Skillington, Whissendine and Waltham. There was also a shorter 30-mile ride.

This Sunday’s ride is a 39-mile through the hills of the Vale of Belvoir, although there will also be a shorter route for the less experienced rider. The first group will leave Grantham Cricket Club in Gorse Lane at 9.30am.

l A 30-mile social ride with a halfway cafe stop will leave Pedal Pushers bike shop, in Inner Street, on Saturday at 9.30am. All welcome.