CYCLING: Witham Wheelers perform well iin Lincs League ’cross events

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Witham Wheelers took part in Lincoln Wheelers’ round of the Lincolshire Cyclo-Cross League at the police HQ at Nettleham on rolling grassland.

The course made good use of trees and the banking around the edges of the grounds to provide some good technical challenges, but leaving the riders able to maintain a good pace throughout.

In the under 16s after his first win the weekend before, Robert McAndrew slipped back to fourth overall, perhaps feeling the effects of some recent heavy sesssions on the track at Derby. In the unders 12s, Jessica East rode consistently for 23rd overall and fourth girl.

The veterans’ race had a big field of 87 riders and there were some good club battles, with Dave Moulds (16th Vet 50) in 41st overall just getting the better of Sean East in 42nd. A little further back and riding his first race of the season, Simon Cocker finished 51st (19th Vet 50), with John Farmer dropping back to 56th after a tumble on one of the bankings. Enjoying his first sason of ’cross for many years, Neil Sentance (PedalPushers) finished an encouraging 31st.

The final seniors’ race saw a real battle between the Egner brothers who swapped positions many times during the race before coming into the finish straight together, with Reece just edging out Adam for 16th overall, with Adam 17th and third Junior

Boston Whs promoted their round of the Lincs Cyclo-Cross League at Ostlers Plantation Woodhall Spa the previous week.

Despite heavy rain the day before, the sandy course included fast fire-tracks, bumpy single track and some exciting short climbs and descents.

In the 30 minute under 16 race, Robert McAndrew got involved in a tight four-way tussle for the lead before breaking away with Jake Jackson (Arrow Cycles) at the start of the last lap. Taking the lead into the final corner, Robert just held on in a tight sprint to the line for his first league win. Jessica East was 20th overall in the under 12s, and fifth girl.

The veterans’ race had its usual large field of 86 riders and Dave Moulds and Sean East had their usual battle for club supremacy, with Dave taking the honours in 25th overall (8th Vet 50) and Sean 29th overall.