CYCLING: Baillie back on track with Team Sky guest ride

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For the second winter running, a Witham Wheeler is taking part in the prestigious DHL Future Stars event at Manchester Velodrome – with Karl Baillie this year representing Team Sky at Revolution 37.

The first race of the evening for the youth boys was a 20-lap scratch race in which Karl got caught out at the end in the sprint, finishing at the back of the field after being prominent at the front and in some eaarlier breaks off the front.

His second race was a six-lap dash and after following an early attack which failed to go clear, Karl kept on going to finish 15th.

In his final event, the 20-lap points race, there was a big crash with six laps to go which forced the race to be stopped and restarted with nine laps to go. Karl having avoided the crash and finished the race in 14th.

l Ten Wheelers travelled to Thetford Forest to tackle the two-hour MTB Enduro race on Sunday.

In the age 18 to 39 category, John Beere and Gary Symonds both completed three laps to finish 86th and 100th respectivelyt out of 194 riders.

Eight Wheelers competed in the 160-rider over-39s. All completing three laps, Dave Moulds was 43rd, Paul Conneely 50th, Mark Kokocinski 71st, Paul Green 91st and John Farmer 94th. Martin Milne pulled out after two laps and John Clifton completed one.

l Three Wheelers took part in the latest round of the Lincolnshire Cyclo-cross League at Louth last Sunday.

Peter Cocker was the leading club rider in the senior race, finishing 12 overall and second junior. His father, Simon, was 39th with Sean East, still not back to full fitness, taking 48th.