CYCLING: Buzzing Bill is fastest of Wheelers trio in hilly TT

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THREE members of Witham Wheelers took part in the Spalding Hilly 27-mile time trial on Sunday.

The sporting course took riders from Bourne via Corby Glen to turn at Somerby roundabout and back again.

Quickest of the Wheelers trio was William Harrison who finished 13th in 1hr 10min 22sec. Not far behind was 16th placed John Farmer in 1.11.26 and Martin Lister who finished 23rd in 1.15.16.

l Jim Coleman rode the first round of the Rudy Project National Time Trial Series at Litchborough in Northampton shire.

The challenging 19-mile course had no shortage of climbs and descents to negotiate and Jim was pleased to take the scalps of three of the best hill climbers in the country, finishing fourth in 42.04.

l Eight Wheelers took part in the second race at Darley Moor on Saturday. Adam Egner and James Browning rode well in the under-14s but finished just out of the placings.

James Carter and Reece Egner were caught out by the fast starting pace in the under-16s but finished strongly behind the leading group. Karl Baillie was in the front group and pulled out a strong sprint to take third place and his first podium.

Three club riders stayed out of trouble in the 80-strong bunch in the Category 3 race, with Paul Conneely finishing 14th and Harry Browning 16th, with Chris Carter also getting a top 20 spot.

l The club’s final reliability ride of the winter was the 100-mile Echo Challenge on Sunday.

Eleven riders set off on the route to Rockingham Forest and back, with Steve Pullinger, Peter Watson and Lara Thornhill electing to cut the ride short by 35 miles.

Carol Milne, Suzanne Holdsworth, John Hall, John Clifton, John Pygott, Tony Hardenberg and Mick Ryan completed the distance. Jacob Doughty punctured and did not complete the ride.