Round eight of Witham Wheelers’ 10-mile time trial league was graced with the presence of four riders from the Great Britain women’s pursuit squad.
Olympic gold medallist Jo Rowsell, Ciara Horne, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald dropped in from their training camp in Lincoln, where they are preparing for the national championships later this month, and tackled the Wheelers’ Gorse Lane course.
Ciara was the fastest of the riders on the night, recording 23min 25sec which set a new ladies’ course record. Wheeler Gary Symons finished 12 seconds adrift in second, and Elinor was third in 24.15.
Adam Egner was fastest juvenile and first on handicap was Jason McCollin. Michael Smalley continued his domination of the veterans’ competition.
After the race, everyone returned to club headquarters at Grantham Cricket Club where the GB squad girls happily posed for photos and signed autographs.
Other results: 4 Pete Watson 24.27, 5 Jo Rowsell 24.29, 6 Adam Egner 24.38, 7 Katie Archibald 24.58, 7 Reece Egner 24.58, 9 Rick Yates 25.03, 10 Patrick Cutmore 25.09, 11 Ian Galpin 25.36, 12 Michael Smalley 26.11, 13 Simon Cocker 26.12, 14 Martin Hedley 26.41, 15 Matthew Kingston-Lee 26.54, 16 John Farmer 27.14, 17 James Westwood 27.22, 18 Robert McAndrew 27.56, 19 Jennifer McAndrew 27.56, 20 John Pygott 28.13, 21 Phil Smith 28.54, 22 Dave Miller 29.25, 23 Will Cherry 29.33, 24 Carol Milne 29.53, 25 Chris Pugh 30.16, 26 Ehren Courtman 31.27, 27 Jason McCollin 31.42, 28 Suzanne Holdsworth 32.09, 29 John Scott 32.57, 30 Natalie Eastaugh 34.22, 31 Heidi Moulds 35.13, 32 Dave Beckett 35.21, 33 Dan Moore 38.03; DNF – Dave Herd, Graham McAndrew.
l Four Wheelers braved tough weather conditions to ride the Nottingham Clarion 50 last Sunday.
The course was over two-and-a-half laps of a circuit in the Vale of Belvoir but could not prevent John Pilgrim from going under the magic two-hour mark, finishing sixth overall in 1.58.54, with Pete Watson recording 2.01.15 for 10th.
Also riding were Lara Thornhill (2.23.06) and John Scott (2.44.29).
l Road racer Harry Browning rode to an encouraging win in the Scunthorpe Poly Blyton circuit event on Sunday.
After instigating a breakaway with another rider in the E/1/2/3/4 category race, thepair built up a lead of half a lap over the chasing bunch by the finish, when Harry sprinted away from his companion in the last 100 metres to snatch victory.