CYCLING: Time trial double ends Pilgrim’s season
Witham Wheeler John Pilgrim finished his season off with his final two rides.
The first was the RTTC National 10-mile Championships at Hinckley, Leicestershire. A very strong field left him in 113th place with a time of 22min 29sec – a four second improvement on that course from earlier in the year, with conditions not as favourable this time.
He then travelled to Denmark for the UCI World Cycling Tour Time Trial Final held in Hobro last Thursday, having qualified for the event earlier in the year at the Tour of Cambridgeshire.
The course was on closed roads, an undulating 18km route with a technical mid-section sandwiched between two long climbs.
The event was televised in Demark and also streamed live on the internet via YouTube. John was given the number 13 to ride with and having turned every reference of it upside down, much to the bemusement of the Danish commissaires, completed the course in 27.59 – good enough for 43rd place in his 19-34 age group category and 252nd overall.
l Seven riders represented Witham Wheelers in Sunday’s LRRA 30.
It was also the club championship 30 with Gary Symons claiming the title with a time of 1.11.28.
Others: James Westwood 1.14.53, Martin Hedley 1.18.04, Tony Hardenberg 1.20.59, Dave Herd 1.21.25, Martin Lister 1.21.30, John Scott 1.30.55.
l Witham Wheelers junior Reece Egner rode the 55-mile Bourne Wheelers road race at Witham on the Hill.
Sixty riders rolled out and immediately attacks went, but none gained any significant gap.
With just over 20 miles to go, Reece attacked on his own and quickly established a gap which at one point stood out at 50 seconds.
However, on the last lap three riders managed to bridge across to a fading Reece, who managed to hold on for a solid fourth place.