Witham Wheelers tackle off-road racing at Ancaster

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WITHAM Wheelers contested the second round of the Lincolnshire Cyclo-cross League, promoted by Sleaford Wheelers at Ancaster Kart Racing track on Sunday.

In the under-12 age category, Kerrigan Robb continued his good form with third place. James Carter coped well with the technical challenges in his first ’cross season for 11th in the under-16s.

In the senior race, Peter Cocker found the course a bit of a challenge after a long road season and did well to finish first junior and 44th overall from 94 starters, despite a broken rear mech on the last lap. Sean East finished a solid 59th with Simon Cocker coming in 69th. Chris Crawford fell behind after a dislodged chain.

l Veteran Wheelers took part in the final round of the prestigious LVRC Percy Stallard Series at St Ives, Cambs, on Sunday.

Phil Etches contested the EF-category race over 47 miles and managed to get in the decisive five-man break. The group split on the final climb through Upton with Phil sprinting to third place.

The tough pace in the 57-mile CD race saw Rob Johnson and Phil Atherton both drift off to early retirements.

l The final round of the inaugural Pedal Pushers circuit race series was promoted by Spalding CC at RAF Barkston Heath last Sunday.

Witham Wheelers took part in various categories, with Karl Baillie and Reece Egner finishing third and sixth respectively in the under-16s. Adam Egner was 12th in the under-14 boys and Eleanor Crawford fifth in the girls.

Peter Cocker sprinted to second place in the 2/3/4 Cat race and Charlotte Colclough (For VioRed) was also second in the ladies’ race.

l Kerrigan Robb took part in the MTB Stage Race for under-16s at Glentress, near Peebles, last weekend.

As the youngest in his age group, Kerrigan finished an excellent ninth overall in the under-13s. The stages consisted of an MTB cross country race, a hill climb of 1.5km, a downhill, a time trial and finally, a criterium.

l Five Wheelers took part in the Hope Valley Mountain Bike Challenge in Derbyshire on Saturday. They were amongst 185 riders in the gruelling 30-mile off-road event.

Dave Moulds and Mark Kokocinski finished 23rd in 4:36, John Clifton and John Beere recorded 5:11, and John Hill rode his 1952-vintage bike across the finish line in 6:59.

l Witham Wheelers were represented by Dave Herd and Martin Hedley in round seven of the National Rudy Project Time Trial Series at Saxilby, near Lincoln.

The veterans’ category race was of 14.1-miles duration, with Martin finishing in 36:28 and Dave 37.38.