CYCLING: Witham Wheelers feature in packed circuit race field

Adam Egner, Reece Egner and Shaun Culpin. Photo: Alan East
Adam Egner, Reece Egner and Shaun Culpin. Photo: Alan East
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Witham Wheelers Shaun Culpin, Reece Egner and Adam Egner made the trip to compete in the first Darley Moor circuit race of the season on Saturday.

It was a packed field of 103 riders in the 3/4 category event and the race seemed to go through every different type of weather over its 28-mile distance. Many tried to breakaway early on but no real gaps were made. Reece made some attempts while Adam and Shaun stayed tucked in the group, resting up for the latter part of the race.

In the closing laps, three riders managed to break away, leaving the rest to fight it out in one final sprint. In the end, Shaun managed to bag seventh, Reece ninth and Adam 30th in his first race as a junior – all in all, a good start to the year for the Wheelers.

In the later E/1/2/3 event ,several local riders were out sporting the colours of their new teams for the first time. Karl Baillie (Raleigh) and Peter Cocker and Steve Young, from the new Giant Rutland Wattbike team, were out of the placings but relieved to get round in one piece as a crash in the final sprint took out several riders.

l The ninth in the series of Witham Wheelers reliability rides saw two groups tackle a 69-mile rolling circuit.

Heading out into the Vale of Belvoir to Long Clawson, then south to Wymondham before heading east to Little Bytham and returning to Grantham via Ingoldsby, cold but calm conditions saw both groups ride well together, completing the routes in 16.0 and 18.9mph respectively. A smaller group rode a shorter 50-mile route at 14.4mph.

This Sunday’s main route takes in a hilly circuit of Rutland Water, with a shorter option available. First group leaves Grantham Cricket Club on Gorse Lane at 8.30am. All welcome.