CYCLING: Witham Wheelers on a winning streak

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There were multiple road race victories for Witham Wheelers members last week.

Warmer weather than of late coupled with a very strong southerly wind made the going very difficult for the Velo 99 race on the tough, undulating course at Skillington.

The handicapped groups started splitting on the first lap as the stronger riders in each managed to get away and stay away, despite some concerted efforts to chase them down.

Chris Carter (group 6) soloed over the line to win the race overall with Wheelers clubmate Martin Milne (group 4) claiming the runners-up spot. Wheelers bagged six places out of the top 10 with Kim Paxton winning group 3 while claiming 15th overall in her first race of the season.

Wheelers results: 1 Chris Carter, 2 Martin Milne, 5 Chris Samler, 6 Dave Moulds, 8 Ross Tomblin, 10 Rob Johnson, 12 Neil Sentance, 15 Kim Paxton, 19 John Farmer.

l Junior Harry Browning repeated his feat from last Sunday, completing two victories in the space of a week, with a great sprint into a strong headwind from a field of more than 90 riders in the Darley Moor category 3/4 race.

Triathlete Patrick Cutmore enjoyed a top 20 finish and Sean Culpin finished safely in the bunch.

In the under-16 race, Karl Baillie rode away from the field of more than 40 riders for a solo victory. Reece Egner, Jennifer McAndrew and Adam Egner finished out of the placings.

Peter Cocker drove of the front of the chasing group to secure 10th place in the Elite/1/2/3 race, won by professional Dean Downing. Karl Baillie rode his second race of the day for experience and did well to finish in one of the chasing groups.

l Juvenile Karl Baillie raced the first round of the Mallory Park road race series last Tuesday evening and went for it from the gun.

He was clear of the field after less than a lap and opened up a half-lap gap over the bunch before the took the chequered flag.

l Cycle coaching sessions begin at RAF Barkston Heath on Wednesday from 6pm.

Coaching will include bike handling skills and race practice.

The sessions will be run every fortnight and cost £2 for under-18s and £3 for adults.