CYCLING: Witham Wheelers time trialists battle conditions

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Witham Wheelers’ early season time trialists battled wet and windy weather in the LRRA 25-mile event at Saxilby on Sunday.

Despite the difficult conditions throughout, Chris Carter took 12th place in 1hr 2min 2sec and James Carter was fastest juvenile in 1.08.49.

Also riding were Martin Hedley 1.04.01, Bill Harrison 1.07.16, Chris Crawford 1.07.47, Tony Hardenberg 1.11.21 and Dave Herd 1.11.56.

l There was a good turnout of Wheelers for the second round of circuit races at Darley Moor, near Ashbourne, on Saturday.

Junior Harry Browning sprinted to third place overall in the third category race, with Paul Conneely taking a top 10 finish and Chris Carter just outside the top 20.

The under-16 juvenile race also went down to a bunch sprint with Reece Egner, Karl Baillie and James Carter just missing out on top 10 finishes. Adam Egner rode well in the under-14s but missed out on a top placing.

Peter Cocker (Forme Racing) contested the elite race and worked in a supporting team role, after a team-mate got in the early breakaway, and finished around 20th in the final sprint.

l Twenty-six Wheelers set off on the club’s latest reliability ride on Sunday morning.

The hilly 60-mile route was made worse by rain around half distance that then turned to snow, with some riders calling it a day before the finish. The ride took in 13 hills including ones at Branston, Harby, Long Clawson, Stathern, Terrace, Woolsthorpe and Denton.

This Sunday’s ride is a 100-mile route to Rockingham and back. Visit www.withamwheelers.co.uk for details