CYCLING: Witham Wheelers win Heckington Grasstrack

Witham Wheelers win at Heckington Show
Witham Wheelers win at Heckington Show
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Witham Wheelers triumphed in the Heckington Show Grasstrack Races for the first time in the club’s history on Saturday.

Captained by Adam Egner, the Wheelers took on two teams from Spalding CC with a squad comprising of Robert McAndrew, Ehren Courtman, Billy Reed and Beth McLoughlin.

In the first round of races, the two-lap sprint, Beth finished near the back of the group of girls who were older than her. In the boys’, Billy also ended near the back in an older group of lads.

In the older boys’ group, Robert won the race, with Adam in third and Ehren in a group just behind.

The Wheelers were trailing in third place at this point and the decision was made to lower their gearing for the short circuit prior to the Italian pursuit races.

A good start from Beth and Billy put Ehren in a good place to keep up the high pace. Robert then took over after the short half-lap turn and gave Adam a good lead-out for the final push. Winner Adam crossed the finish line two seconds clear.

Now up to second place, the Wheelers went into the final round five-lap scratch races with everything still to play for.

In the all-girls’ race, Beth went up against a strong selection of girls many years older than her and had a very good ride, finishing at the back not far behind.

Adam went from the gun in the boys’ race and time-trialled away to gain an easy win from team-mate Rober,t with Ehren having a great ride to finish fifth in a very close sprint. Billy also had an amazing ride and sprinted to the line for seventh.

In a tight finish, the points were tallied up with the Wheelers finishing joint first on 69 points with Spalding B. The Wheelers clinched overall victory by virtue of having the fastest team sprint result.

Pictured from left are – Ehren Courtman, Billy Reed, team captain Adam Egner, Beth McLoughlin, Robert McAndrew and, back, coach Tracey McAndrew.

l There were plenty of personal bests in the Melton Olympic 25 on Saturday, with John Pilgrim leading the way.

John stopped the clock in a nippy 54min 54sec which was good enough for 11th place overall from a field of 102 riders.

Five Witham Wheelers managed a sub 60-minute ride.

Results: 11 John Pilgrim 54.54, 22 Peter Watson 56.00, 36 Richard Yates 57.34, 38 Jon Beere 57.42, 52 Ian Galpin 59.19, 70 Graham McAndrew 1.00.58, 73 Jennifer McAndrew 1.01.44, 86 Anthony Hardenberg 1.03.16, 87 Lara Thornhill 1.03.47, 89 David Herd 1.03.59.

l A 17-mile time trial, held as a break from the Wheelers’ regular 10 mile league, took place over two laps of a circuit from Hungerton to Croxton Kerrial and back via Saltby.

John Pilgrim was quickest in 37.48, just 17 seconds ahead of junior Karl Baillie (Pedal Pushers), with Karl Hunt third in 38.25. Adam Egner was first schoolboy in 40.46, good enough for seventh overall, and Heidi Moulds was first lady in 56.06.

For full results visit www.withamwheelers.co.uk