CYCLING: Witham Wheelers tackle hilly Bourne time trial

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Seven members of Witham Wheelers took part in the first local open time trial of the season at Bourne on Sunday.

The 14.3-mile hilly event was run in perfect conditions and some excellent performances were produced.

Results: John Pilgrim 34min 56sec (1st in category), Jon Beere 35.52 (2nd in category), Martin Hedley 36.53, John Farmer 37.03 (1st in category), Neil Sentance 37.29, Tony Hardenberg 39.11 (1st in category), Martin Lister 40.06.

l Patrick Cutmore, Alistair Golby, Chris Carter and James Carter rode the in the category 3/4 event at the first early season road race held at Darley Moor on Saturday.

Conditions were hard with a troublesome wind. James and Alistair rode really well in their debut road race, working together to chase down moves and stay in the upper end of the bunch. James thought he was in for a good result with perfect positioning on the last lap but got swamped. Alistair rode a fantastic race and finished in the bunch.

Patrick rode a positive race, staying in the middle of the bunch and then moving up towards the end of the race to contest the sprint. Chris suffered a mechanical whilst warming up, forcing him to ride some slow wheels, however he still got into an early move before finishing in the bunch.

l Fifteen riders tackled Witham Wheelers’ latest reliability ride, a hilly 60-mile route around Rutland Water.

Group Three averaged 15.5 to 17.8mph and Group Four achieved a creditable 20mph average for the tough course. Five riders took on a shorter 42-mile route.

The final event in the winter series this Sunday is a challenging, hilly 60-miler along the Belvoir ridge out towards Melton.

The first riders will leave Grantham Cricket Club in Gorse Lane at 8.30am. Shorter routes will be available. All welcome.