CYCLING: Witham Wheelers’ reliability tested in unclement weather

Full wet gear was the order of the day for Witham Wheelers' latest reliability ride on Sunday. Photo: Alan East
Full wet gear was the order of the day for Witham Wheelers' latest reliability ride on Sunday. Photo: Alan East

The fourth Witham Wheelers reliability ride took place over a rolling 45-mile course out through the picturesque Vale of Belvoir on Sunday morning.

However, the riders taking part saw little of the scenery as heavy rain and strong winds throughout meant thoughts were more on survival.

Considering the weather forecast, a start list of 26 was a good turnout and all finishers deserved a medal, even though no rider achieved the target average speeds over the complete route.

The initial part of the route out through Redmile was relatively benign before swinging into the wind and rain towards Colston Bassett. The climb up Long Clawson hill was into a block headwind which had riders down to under 6mph. With the wind at their backs, riders were able to pick up the pace through Scalford and up to Waltham on the Wolds, before finishing back at the club headquarters for a welcome hot drink and cake.

This Sunday’s ride is a 50-mile undulating course via Oasby, Irnham, Castle Bytham and South Witham, with an alternative route of around 30 miles available for those not quite ready for the longer distance.

The first group will leave Grantham Cricket Club in Gorse lane at 9am. All welcome.

Visit www.withamwheelers.co.uk for more details of club activities.