CYCLING: Witham Wheelers test their stamina

Punctures were not uncommon on Sunday. Photo: Alan East

Punctures were not uncommon on Sunday. Photo: Alan East

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A good turnout of 37 riders hit the road for the latest Witham Wheelers reliability ride on Sunday, despite the 40mph winds forecast for later in the morning.

The rolling 62-mile route went down to Castle Bytham and on to Witham on the Hill before turning east with the wind towards Bourne and the Heckington. The final stretch back to Grantham is always into the prevailing south-westerley wind and dragging back up to the High Dyke via Silk Willoughby and Welby was a real test of stamina.

Nearly all riders completed the route in their target time with a few DNFs due to punctures and mechanicals.

Taking part were David Crook, Stephen Garton, Suzanne Holdsworth, Phil Johnson, Louise George, Alastair Golby, Dave Herd, Martin Lister, Jason McCollin, Ian Metcalfe, Dave Miller, Carole Milne, Russell Newman, Peter Pain, John Scott, Garry Taylor, Lara Thornhill, James Westwood, Mark Colclough, Ehren Courtman, Harry Edwards, John Farmer, Tom Feely, Jon Jarvis, Dave Moulds, Tony Ablewhite, Karl Baillie, Crispin Bridges-Webb, Llewey Byrne, Dave Edlin, Matthew Kingston-Lee, Martin Ludlam, Martin Milne, Russell Openshaw, John Pygott, Chris Sammler and David Sharp.

This Sunday is another 60-mile route with a few more hills, taking in Melton Mowbray, Tilton on the Hill and Oakham. A shorter route is available for the less experienced riders.

The first group will leave Grantham Cricket Club on Gorse Lane at 8.45am. All welcome.

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