CYCLING: Grantham riders contest season openers at Darley Moor
Grantham riders took part in the first circuit races of the season at Darley Moor last Saturday.
In the race for 3/4 category riders, veteran Witham Wheeler Paul Conneely was the only local in the 85-rider field and looked to be going well, until he was blocked by a small crash with three laps to go and, distanced by the bunch, he was forced to abandon.
In the following E123 race, there was a good local contingent in the strong 66-rider field, with Peter Cocker (PedalPushers) active from the start. He tried to split the bunch but ended up missing the key three-man break that went early on and dominated the race.
Harry Browning was also active mid race with several attacks which were neutralised by the bunch. With the break pulling out a lead of well over a minute and a small chasing group of three riders, the bunch ended up sprinting for seventh, with Steve Young (PedalPushers) taking 10th overall after a lead-out from Cocker who finished just outside the top 15. Browning was not far behind and junior Wheeler Reece Egner looked comfortable in his first senior road race a little further back in the bunch.
l Four members of the Wheelers rode the Retford and District Wheelers open 10-mile time trial at Sutton on Trent on Sunday.
Fastest of the quartet was Gary Symons who recorded 22min 41sec for 15th place.
Others: 25 Peter Watson 23:31, 38 Anthony Hardenberg 25:50, 41 Martin Lister 26:21.
Symons also raced the previous day in the Scunthorpe Road Club 10 at Kirton Linsey where he finished sixth in 23 minutes exactly.