CYCLING: Grantham’s Baillie makes successful transition to junior level

Karl Baillie. Photo: Guy Swarbrick/British Cycling
Karl Baillie. Photo: Guy Swarbrick/British Cycling
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Former Witham Wheeler Karl Baillie made a successful transition from youth circuit racing to national junior road racing on Sunday.

Riding for Grantham team Pedal Pushers, Karl contested the Cadence Junior Road Race near Brecon in Wales.

His confidence grew after a couple of laps of the 70 mile race and he remained active in the 90-strong bunch in ever-changing conditions.

Team Haribo Beacon dicated the race and would eventually take all three podium places.

A rider escaped the pack midway through the race and went on to win. Karl missed the chase group’s formation but picked off riders from the chasers to finish at the top of the kilometre climb in an excellent fourth place.

l Pedal Pushers team-mate and fellow former Wheeler Peter Cocker tackled the BBM Revolution road race near Doncaster.

A strong group of four riders, including Peter’s team-mate Julian Ramsbottom, established a small lead on the third lap of nine.

The leaders were largely caught with the finish in sight, and Peter crossed the line sixth overall in the big bunch sprint.

l Fourteen members of Witham Wheelers took part in the first Velo 99 road race of the season at Car Colston on Sunday.

All six handicap groups came together on the last lap, leading to a large bunch sprint to decide the placings.

Chris Samler was second overall and first in Group Five, two places ahead of Martin Milne. Dave Mould and Tony Mendham were first and third in Group Four and sixth and 10th overall respectively. Rob Johnson finished 11th overall.

Photo: Guy Swarbrick/British Cycling