Grantham riders got the road racing season under way for the Giant Store Rutland Wattbike team at the weekend.
On Saturday, it was the Darley Moor motorcycle racing circuit near Ashbourne. A big field of more than 80 riders in the E123 category meant that chances of a breakaway were limited and it went down to a big sprint with the Giant team missing the crash on the final chicane. Despite a good lead-out, they were swept up in the sprint with Karl Baillie holding on for ninth and Peter Cocker 15th
Sunday was a longer trip to ride the Evesham and District Wheelers RR over 100km, with another big field of 80 riders including a good number of quality Elite and first category riders.
A break of five riders formed on the second of four laps and although the lead never went over a minute, they held on to the finish where Lian Bromily (Giant Sheffield) won the sprint.
A big bunch sprinted for the line a minute later with Peter Cocker near the front for 13th overall, Steve Young was 28th safely in the bunch and team-mate Chris McNaughton 46th.
l There was a disappointing turnout for the penultimate Witham Wheelers reliability ride in damp but relatively mild conditions on Sunday.
The full 60-mile route was a scenic hilly circuit south round Rutland Water and back.
Riders were David Crook, Ian Rayson, John Scott, Julie Clark, Mick Smith, Stephen Garton, Tracey George, Dave Edlin, James H., Matthew Kingston-Lee and Sarah Burke.
This Sunday is the final ride when hopefully some better weather will tempt more club riders to take on the 59-mile 13-hill challenge, which takes in all the hills in the Vale of Belvoir, so it’s an easy route to cut short if necessary.
The first group leaves Grantham Cricket Club on Gorse Lane at 8.30am. All welcome.