CYCLING: Witham Wheelers reliability rider deters all but the hardy

An undulating route and wretched conditions test the Wheelers' mettle. Photo: Alan East

An undulating route and wretched conditions test the Wheelers' mettle. Photo: Alan East

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Witham Wheelers latest reliability ride sorted the ‘men from the boys’, figuratively speaking, as a mix of heavy rain and snow forecast for 9am Sunday morning seemed to deter all but 18 hardy souls from tackling the 48-mile rolling route down to Pickworth and back via Cottesmore.

The forecast was reasonably accurate. Although the rain was not too heavy, there was snow and it was very cold, and a strong easterly wind was generally helpful apart from the last 10 miles back to Grantham.

The riders split into two groups which worked together pretty well, ensuring that just about everybody got around safely with a feeling of satisfaction at having braved the elements.

Riders: John Hill, Carol Milne, Dave Miller, Ian Metcalfe, Ian Rayson, Julie Clark, Louise George, Simon Cocker, Tony Mendham, Chris Sammler, Dave Edlin, Ehren Courtman, Graham McAndrew, Martin Milne, Matthew Kingston-Lee, Robert McAndrew, Sarah Burke, Tony Swaby.

This Sunday, the distance goes up to just over 60 miles with a circuit taking in Heckington and Bourne, with a shorter option available. First group leaves Grantham Cricket Club on Gorse Lane at 8.45am. All welcome.