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CYCLING: Ludlam heads bunch sprint for third place at Castle Bytham

Martyn Ludlam (centre) eases off after he crosses the finish line. MDSIcMHVK8KbLFoUy2tp
Martyn Ludlam (centre) eases off after he crosses the finish line. MDSIcMHVK8KbLFoUy2tp

A trio of Witham Wheelers made the short journey to Castle Bytham to take part in the latest EMRRL series race promoted by Bourne Wheelers over five laps of a 10-mile circuit on Sunday.

In the soaring heat, the pace was high from the start, with many of the 60-strong field trying to get a breakaway going.

With several attempts during the race, all three Wheelers had a go off the front at different points, but only two riders were able to break clear and hold the advantage until the finish.

With a late crash within the last two miles, Adam Egner had to chase back on after getting stuck behind it, but coming into the bunch sprint up the hill, all three Wheelers were well positioned well.

Martyn Ludlam was the best placed Wheeler, finishing in a great third place as he headed the bunch sprint across the finish line, probably his best result since returning to racing.

Adam was next wheeler in 11th, third junior, with older brother Reece coming in in the top 20.

l Heavy rain during the day deterred many riders from starting this week’s round of the Witham Wheelers 10-mile time trial series, however as the event started the rain stopped and the warm easterly breeze made for quite good conditions.

Of the 11 riders who started, Karl Hunt (Belvoir Tri) was fastest on the evening in 23min 58sec, with Henry Gould continuing to improve in 24.21. Veteran Simon Cocker was third in 25.49 and Louise George was fastest lady in 28.37, from Tracey George another rider improving week by week with 30.36.

On handicap, Tracey led the way with an 18-second improvement. In the veterans’ competition, Michael Smalley continues to lead the way with a 100 per cent record.

Results: 1 Karl Hunt 23.58, 2 Henry Gould 24.21, 3 Simon Cocker 25.49, 4 Michael Smalley 26.12, 5 Matthew Kingston-Lee 26.27, 6 Wayne Searle 28.00, 7 Louise George 28.37, 8 Guy Maws 30.11, 9 Tracey George 30.36, 10 Stephen Wells 31.55, 11 Dave Beckett 33.05

There will be a break from the 10-mile league on Tuesday, with a 12-mile one lap of the club road race circuit from Hungerton to Saltby, Sproxton, Skillington and Ponton Heath replacing it.

Sign on as usual at Grantham Cricket Club on Gorse Lane from 6pm, first rider starts at 6.45pm. Guest riders welcome as usual.

l Sunday saw Peter Cocker and Steve Young head north to the John May Memorial road race, organised by Wakefield CC for E/1/2/3 category riders.

The race was fast from the gun on a rapid course with very little wind, and the average pace for the 62 miles was close to 28mph.

Peter managed to infiltrate an early 10-rider move which eventually stuck, pushing out to a maximum lead of a minute. Nearing the finish, the break held the bunch off by 20 seconds with Peter finishing an excellent second in the sprint just behind Jake Wormersley (Pedal Heaven), with Steve well up in the bunch to also finish in the points.


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