CYCLING: Witham Wheelers quartet enjoy night on the Manchester boards

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Witham Wheelers enjoyed a pleasing night at the velodrome and were represented by four riders at the latest round of the Manchester Track League on Friday night.

In Group One, Mick Egner and Dave Moulds encountered the unknown distance race in which they both secured top 10 positions. Next was the elimination race where good positioning saw Mick and Dave take fifth and seventh respectively.

In the 16-lap scratch race, an early jump saw Mick swamped at the line but he still took fifth, with Dave close in arrears. In the four-lap dash, Mick’s switch to a smaller gear saw him take his best result of the night with fourth, with Dave once again taking another top 10 spot.

Mick was pipped on the line for max points in the first sprint of the final points race. The second sprint saw Dave score equal points, as Mick did in the first. Mick scored enough points in the final sprint to just pip Dave, giving them fifth the sixth places respectively.

In Group Two, the first race was a 12-lap course des primes in which Reece Egner went off the front early to take victory. His brother Adam was boxed in and took a mid-bunch finish.

Next up was the points race in which Reece took full points in the first sprint, third in the second and full points in the third, results which gave him the victory with the final sprint still in hand. Adam rode strongly and was unlucky to not score points.

Adam was caught out early in the elimination race, but Reece was in the right place at the right time, each time, and in the final sprint took a respectable second place.

In the four-lap dash, a fierce pace from the start saw a big split in the field, with Reece in the back group. However, Adam got with the front split and followed the right wheels to take a solid top 10 place.

The final race of the night was the 25-lap scratch. Reece got away with a rider early on and, with a lap and half to go, sprinted away to take a comfortable victory. Adam again took a mid-bunch finsh.

l Riding for Grantham team PedalPushers, Peter Cocker tested his fitness with a ride in one of the traditional early season time trials.

He took part in Sunday’s Ely & District 25 on a main road course between Ely and Chatteris and recorded a commendable 57min 7sec to place fourth overall, just over a minute behind winner Joe Skipper (Rock Estate).

l Witham Wheelers’ sixth reliability ride of the winter attracted 25 riders on a frosty but sunny Sunday morning.

The lumpy 48-course took riders out through Corby Glen down to Rutland Water, and then back via Cottesmore to Gorse Lane.

This Sunday’s route is 63 miles long and goes out to Heckington and then to Bourne, and back via Corby Glen. The first group will leave Grantham Cricket Club in Gorse Lane at 9am. A shorter route will also be available. All welcome.