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CYCLING: Egner brothers quickest in Wheelers season-opener


Tuesday evening saw the first Witham Wheelers club time trial of the year with the traditional two-up 10-mile season-opener, held in dry conditions with a chilly westerly wind helpingd to take the edge of any potential early season speed.

With a good turnout from Belvoir Tri Club, there was a healthy field of 41 riders in a mix of teams of two and solo riders.

Brothers Reece and Adam Egner were the quickest on the evening in 22min 27sec, just over a minute quicker than solo rider Karl Baillie, with veterans Michael Smalley and Steve Wood another minute back in third.

Results: 1 Reece Egner and Adam Egner 22.17, 2 Karl Baillie 23.33, 3 Michael Smalley and Steve Wood 24.27, 4 Henry Gould 25.31, 5 Karl Hunt 25.40, 6 Kevin Gench and Chris Pugh 26.23, 7 Dave Miller and Steve Hobday 26.27, 8 Dave Moulds and John Farmer 26.58, 9 Mark Bailey and Simon Cocker 27.03, 10 Rick Manton 27.12, 11 Paul Meredith 27.17, 12 Mick Egner 27.56, 13 Dave Herd 28.22, 14 Gary Tudbury and Charlotte Tudbery-Maider 28.41, 15 Wayne France 29.20, 16 Raymond McCaughey 29.39, 17 Wayne Searle and Nev Chamberlain 29.58, 18 Kyle Fisher 30.25, 19 Heidi Moulds and Dan Moore 30.59, 20 Tracey George and John Scott 31.27, 21 Natalie Eastaugh and Catherine Davies 31.32, 22 Joshua Gibson and Phil Gibson 31.42, 23 Vicki Saffaris and Mark Worthington 32.50, 24 Suzanne Holdsworth 32.59, 25 Isabel Hobday and Joanna Hobday 33.25, 26 Glenda Williams and Evangeline Searle 37.33.

The first round of the 10-mile time trial league is on Tuesday evening. The league includes Scratch, Handicap and Veterans awards, giving everbody a chance at being competitive over the season. Sign on at Grantham Cricket Club on Gorse Lane from 6pm, with first rider starting at 6.45pm. Non-members welcome to come and have a go.

Further details on the club website at withamwheelers.co.uk

l Four Wheelers rode open time trials at the weekend.

On Saturday, John Pilgrim finished in 21.45 in the North Tyneside Riders 10, whilst Gary Symons and Michael Smalley rode the superfast South Cave course near Hull, recording 20.38 and 23.24 respectively.

James Westwood was the sole Wheeler to ride the Alford Wheelers Hilly 25 on Sunday, clocking 1.08.08.


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