CYCLING: Witham Wheelers pair ride for the East Midlands

Witham Wheelers' Jennifer McAndrew on a lone breakaway.
Witham Wheelers' Jennifer McAndrew on a lone breakaway.

Two Witham Wheelers youngsters represented the East Midlands team at the Sainsbury’s School Games at Sheffield last weekend.

On day one, Jennifer McAndrew finished 15th in the street sprint event and 24th in the criterium eliminator final.

She was 26th in the second day’s team trial and rode strongly to help the East Midlands to a bronze medal in the team time trial.

In the final day’s 25-mile race, Jennifer broke away after the neutral zone and built up a gap of a minute over the peloton, but she was eventually reeled in and finished 25th in the bunch.

Karl Baillie was 24th in the street sprint event and 11th in the crit A final. He rode to within half a second of the winner in the time trial to finish second on day two, and then helped East Midlands to eighth in the team time trial.

The 36-mile road race saw Karl solo to bridge a gap to a 10-man breakaway and hold on to take fifth.

l Seven Wheelers took part in the East Midlands VTTA 25-mile time trial at Flintham on Saturday.

Beating the elusive hour mark for the first time were Martin Hedley in 59min 7sec and Jon Beere (59.44). Pete Watson missed out by an agonising three seconds.

Others: Bill Harrison 1.00.25, Martin Lister 1.05.03, Paul Fairey 1.05.25, Dave Herd 1.06.12.

l Witham Wheelers juvenile Karl Baillie finished the National Youth Circuit Race Series in an outstanding second place overall.

His consistent performances throughout the year have led an invite to British Cycling’s Olympic Development Programme selection camp at Newport, Wales, next month.

l Two former Wheelers contested the recent five-stage Junior Tour of Wales held over three days.

Riding for Team Forme, Peter Cocker was up to 13th by the end of stage two and slipped to 23rd overall by the end of the race. Representing the East Midlands region, Harry Browning placed 95th overall, losing a fair chunk of time on the final wind-affected 60-mile hilly stage.