CYCLING: Makevit solos to first road race victory

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Witham Wheelers rider Ian Makevit took a solo route to claiming his first Velo 99 road race series win.

The local rider kicked away from group 4 just after the bell and, with no-one willing to chase him down, managed to solo to victory in the race at Alford.

Tony Mendham finished well up the placing’s in the bunch sprint.

Phil Etches opened a 15 yard gap to win group 5 with Steve Bunn winning the group 6 sprint. Paul Conneely, Phil Atherton, Chris Samler and Rob Johnson were all well placed in the bunch.

l Almost a full field of 115 riders took part in the Sleaford Open 25 mile Nev Crane memorial time trial from Donnington.

With a good entry of 16 Witham Wheelers, Jim Coleman suffered a rare defeat on Lincolnshire roads this year with James Tucker (52min 39sec) of South Pennine RC pushing him down into second.

The other prize winner was first juvenile Reece Egner, and Peter Cocker just broke the hour barrier for the first time as Wheelers were beaten again by just a few seconds by Sleaford Wheelers for the team prize.

Witham Wheelers times: Jim Coleman 53.10, Chris Carter 59.23, Peter Cocker 59.55, John Farmer 1.3.34, Chris Crawford 1.3.43, Bill Harrison 1.3.54, Martin Hedley 1.3.58, Reece Egner 1.5.48, Dave Moulds 1.6.06, Mick Egner 1.6.29 Martin Lister 1.9.08, Lara Thornhill 1.11.16, Paul Fairey 1.12.57, Dave Beckett 1.16.00, Adam Egner 1.20.04.

l The 25 mile championships were postponed because of roadworks on the circuit and replaced by the 11th round of the 10 mile handicap league.

Dave Beckett continued his run of good form with a personal best by 13 seconds. Fastest rider on the night Peter Cocker on a standard road bike beat Patrick Cutmore by 8 seconds with Neil Sentance a further 20 seconds back in third place.

Times: Peter Cocker 23:55, Patrick Cutmore 24:03, Neil Sentence 24:23, Chris Crawford 24:47, John Farmer 24:53, Harry Browning 24:58, Martin Hedley 25:06, Bill Harrison 25:18, Jacob Storey 25:30, Martin Milne 25:37, Paul Conneely 25:45, Kevin Flint 26:29, Louise Allen 26:37, Kim Paxton 27:18, Paul Fairey 27:40, Michael Smalley 28:27, Tony Hardenberg 28:43, Paul Green 28:56, John Clifton 28:58, Dave Beckett 28:59, Trevor White 30:00, Peter Storey 30:04, Joseph Webb 31:13, Nigel Eastaugh 31:17, Carol Milne 31:41. Gary Kirton 32:43, Karen Crawford 36:12, Helen Boott 36:20, Mick Egner DNF.

On Sunday the club promotes its annual 2 British Cycling road races on the Skillington circuit. In the morning there is the GT Ellingworth race over 77km for 3rd and 4th category riders with six club riders taking part. In the afternoon there is the GA Bennett over 113km for Elite/1st/2nd and 3rd category races which has attracted good quality riders from all over the country with Peter Cocker the only club rider in the field.

l On Sunday Karl Baillie raced in the National Youth Circuit Race Championships at the Cyclopark, a new 2.5km purpose-built circuit in Kent. The Under 16 boys event saw 101 starters out of which only 62 riders made it to the finish and 35 in the leading group. The race wasn’t long or hilly enough to split up the bunch despite numerous attacks and in the mass bunch sprint Karl finished 22nd. Karl was 4th of the first year under 16s.

l Four Witham Wheelers took part in the Lincolnshire heat of the GHS national 10 mile 
time trial championships for riders aged 16 and under at Alford.

Eleanor Crawford was the first to set off in the 12-year-old girls category and after riding strongly to a new personal 
best of 32:59 was unfortunate not to qualify for the national final.

Reece Egner also set a new PB in a very fast 24:09 in the 15-year-old category.

Adam Egner in the 13-year-old category did another PB just like his brother in a time of 28:27.

The last of the Wheelers to set off was Karl Baillie in the 15-year-old age group. After beating his personal best by almost 30 seconds to record a 22:16, Karl won the overall event by a minute.

The performances of Karl, Reece and Adam also meant that the Witham Wheelers won the team award for the third year in a row and all three of them will go forward to the National Final in September.