CYCLING: Witham Wheelers veteran third ‘middlemarkers’ 25

Michael Smalley. Photo: Alan East
Michael Smalley. Photo: Alan East

It was a great start to the racing season for Witham Wheelers veteran rider Michael Smalley in the Lincs Middlemarkers 25-mile time trial at the weekend.

Michael finished an excellent third, in the event for those who have not previously gone faster than the hour, in a time of 1hr 5min 35sec. He also claimed the veterans’ award with a plus of 18.09, a new LRRA record for the event.

John Scott also rode, finishing in a time of 1.30.17.

The fastest rider on the day was David Langlands (Team Bottrill) in 54.26

The club’s weekly time trials begin on Tuesday night with the traditional 10-mile two-up, in which the idea is that you ride as team of two, which is a ‘fun’ way to blow away the cobwebs and a test of pairing and the technical ability to ‘ride on a wheel’.

A full list of events and details of the course are posted on the Witham Wheelers website, entry fee £3 seniors and £2 under-16s. All welcome.

Register to ride at Grantham Cricket Club on Gorse Lane from 6pm onwards. First riders to start at 6.45pm.

In the latest of the early season series of circuit races at Darley Moor, near Ashbourne, Peter Cocker (Team Giant-Wattbike) was the best of the local riders, taking 12th in the 70-rider E123 category race, with team-mates Steve Young and Karl Baillie not far behind.

The race was dominated by triple national track champion Dan Bigham (NRG Brother) who attacked on his own on the second lap and stayed clear to the finish.

Reece Egner (Witham Wh) unluckily punctured early on and was forced to retire.