CYCLING: Rain reduces rider numbers in Grantham time trial

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Rider numbers were down in Witham Wheelers’ latest club time trial event last Tuesday.

Heavy rain and cold conditions saw only 17 hardy souls facing the timekeeper for the seventh round of the 10-mile handicap league.

Fastest rider on the night was John Pilgrim with in 23min 33sec, from junior Alistair Golby (24.01) and Rick Yates (24.15).

The only rider to go quicker on the night was Jon Jarvis with a 16-second improvement. Mark Bailey scored well again in the handicap competition, being only three seconds outside his previous best.

Rick Yates had a clear win in the veterans’ competition with a plus of 2.21, more than a minute ahead of Michael Smalley on plus 1.05.

Results. 1 John Pilgrim 23.33, 2 Alistair Golby 24.01, 3 Rick Yates 24.15, 4 Gary Symons 25.36, 5 Mark Bailey 26.27, 6 Adam Egner 27.27, 7 Michael Smalley 27.47, 8 Paul Fairey 28.14, 9 Crispin Bridges-Webb 28.27, 10 Jon Jarvis 28.36, 11 Adrian Golby 29.49, 12 Charlie Blow 30.43, 13 Dale Courtman 31.03, 14 John Scott 31.38, 15 Louise George 32.13, 16 Ehren Courtman 35.21, 17 Dan Moore 37.49.

l Riding for his new team Haribo-Beacon, Karl Baillie was thrown in at the deep end racing in the Milk Race, closely followed by the Durham round of the Pearl Izumi Tour series.

The Milk Race was fast and furious with plenty of crashes, including one on the first lap which caused a restart.

Karl rode strongly to 10th place in the event won by Graham Briggs of Rapha Condor JLT.

Karl was then drafted into the team for the tour series round in Durham. Being gridded at the back, it was always going to be a hard race for the team, as it proved on the cobbled climb. Karl rode well and had a great experience racing with a lot of the best racers in the country.

l Witham Wheelers were well represented in the latest round of the Velo 99 race series at Serlby on Sunday.

The early groups had a good handicap as it was expected that the faster riders would make up time on a fast course in good conditions.

Group One consisted of four riders including Wheeler Carol Milne. They rode together well and set a good pace, forcing the other groups to chase hard. Group Two broke up as they were caught by the faster riders, and Group Four, including Dave Moulds, Ian Makevit and John Pygott, caught the third group before the halfway point.

Group Five included Chris Samler, Martin Milne, John Farmer and Gary Rands. They looked to be working well together but in fact lost time on Group Four. Group Six split in two with the leading four including Paul Conneely and Mark Kokocinski.

Going into the last lap, Group One still had a healthy lead over the fast moving Group Four. Carol led out the sprint and held on for her first win.

Dave Moulds was third in Group Four and eighth overall. Chris Samler won the sprint for Group Five, with Gary Rands and Martin Milne second and third. Mark Kokocinski won the sprint for Group Six and Paul Conneely was third.