CYCLING: Pilgrim’s progress continues in Grantham time trial league

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The 12th round of the Witham Wheelers 10-mile handicap time trial league saw 33 riders take to the start line last Tuesday.

Slightly cooler conditions than recent weeks, with a brisk westerly breeze, slowed riders and only one personal best was recorded on the evening.

Quickest rider was John Pilgrim, continuing his recent run of good form and just getting the better of junior Karl Baillie (Pedal Pushers) by eight seconds in 22min 36sec.

Junior Reece Egner was just over half minute behind in third, and first lady rider was Jenny McAndrew 27.23.

Gary Symons leads the scratch league on 206 points from Rick Yates on 179, but John Pilgrim is in third on 173 from three less scoring events, so must be favourite for ghe overall title.

On handicap, Peter Watson was the only rider to improve with new member Steve Squires second only two seconds behind his previous best. Mark Bailey currently leads the handicap league on 163 points, from Jon Jarvis on 125.

In the veterans’ competition, Rick Yates was first with +2.50, just 10 seconds in front of Martin Milne and third placed Gary Symons who leads on 227 points from Rick (221).

l Witham Wheelers held a Go-Ride race evening for inxperienced youth riders at Fulbeck airfield.

Riders aged from under eight to under-12 had a chance to compete in several events including a one lap sprint, a two lap race, three lap handicap and some skills sets.

Following the Go-Ride, there were 25-minute youth AB and 45-minute senior 2/3/4 category races.

Best of the Wheelers was Adam Egner who attacked from the start of the youth A race for under-14/16s and time trialled to victory. Rob McAndrew and Ehren Courtman placed second and third respectively in the youth B race.

The senior race came down to a bunch sprint, with Paul Conneely hanging on for 12th place, four ahead of clubmate Dave Miller.

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