Sibling Grantham cyclists perform well at Notts festival

Robert McAndrew

Robert McAndrew

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Witham Wheelers brother and sister Robert and Jennifer McAndrew took part in the Pennies in the Park Cycle Fest at Thoresby last weekend.

First up on the Saturday was Robert in the under-14s race, which was particularly fast as they started with the older under-16s.

The pace was frantic from the gun and the under-14s soon mostly formed into their own bunch, riding just behind their older counterparts. There were many attacks off the front with Robert either doing the attacking or chasing down other riders. He worked hard and finished with a very creditable fourth place.

Jennifer raced on the Sunday in the women’s event. With a large field, the race started fairly quickly with attacks coming most laps, which soon resulted in a breakaway bunch of nine riders of which Jennifer was a part.

With three laps to go, she tested her group with an attack but was reeled back in. She went again with a mile remaining, her strongest attack off the front. The bunch chased her down and caught her with 100m to the line, but she kicked again on the uphill finish and held all but one rider at bay for second place overall and first junior.

l Karl Baillie raced in the latest round of the Junior National Series last weekend in the Loughborough University road race at Harby.

Despite being aggressive throughout the race, Karl missed out on the two winning breaks that merged together on the penultimate climb of Harby Hill.

He rode hard to finish at the top of the climb for 22nd place.

After a series of good performances in the national series this season, this was Karl’s last race for Pedal Pushers this season as he is moving on to top junior development team Haribo-Beacon.

l Riders from Grantham contested the annual Lincolnshire 10-mile Time Trial Championship at Gunby last weekend.

For the second time in several weeks, Peter Cocker (Pedal Pushers) finished a close second to Lincoln Wheeler Andy Broxholme, this time by just seven seconds in a very nippy 21min 17sec.

Witham Wheelers also enjoyed some fast times but were out of the prizes. Martin Hedley recorded 23.48 and Simon Cocker rode his quickest in some 30 years with 24.30.

l Witham Wheelers’ club event last Tuesday evening was a one-lap time trial of the road race circuit.

A rolling 12-mile course with warm, dry conditions and not much wind made for a really enjoyable challenge for the 33 riders who took part.

Winner for the first time in a club event in his debut season was Karl Hunt in a rapid 28.29, 20 seconds too good for John Pilgrim, with Junior Reece Egner nearly a minute back in third.

Quickest under-16 was Adam Egner in 31.18, with Lara Thornhill first lady in 33.18 and Natalie Eastaugh second in 36.24.

For full results visit www.withamwheelers.co.uk