CYCLING: Unshipped chain costs Cocker dearly

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THREE members of Witham Wheelers rode the National Juvenile Circuit Championships at Bradford on Sunday.

The Youth A race for 16 years old and under saw 88 riders take to the start line for 22 laps. A fast pace from the start saw riders being dropped from the first lap with Wheeler Peter Cocker prominent at the front of the bunch.

However he missed the key break when five of the top riders jumped clear after around 10 laps and quickly established a 20-second lead. With the bunch struggling to co-ordinate itself, the lead steadily grew to a minute and the bunch reduced to around 20 chasers.

Peter was riding well in the chasing bunch until two laps to go when he unshipped his chain at the bottom of the climb and eventually finishing a frustrated 22nd.

Karl Baillie also had a frustrating end to the Youth B (14 and under) race over 14 laps. With another big field of almost 80 riders, Karl looked strong on the climb and was always up with the front runners. But he misjudged the finish and went a lap too early. He was overhauled on the last lap to finish 25th overall.

In the Youth D (10 and under) held over four laps, Kerrigan Robb finished an excellent 18th overall with the hill splitting the bunch up completely and riders finishing either on their own or in groups of two or three.

l Ian Simpson flew the flag for the Wheelers in Skegness Wheelers’ open 10-mile time trial on Sunday.

Ridden on the bracing Ulceby Cross course, Ian completed the distance in 26min 16sec.

l Junior Peter Cocker’s best result at Scunthorpe Track League on Friday night was a win the three-lap sprint.

As the senior riders watched each other, Peter crossed a gap to Callum Rogers and went round him for the win, with the seniors closing fast.

In the 10-mile scratch race, Peter got into a break of three for the first half of the race, which had a maximum lead of just over half a lap, before being caught by the bunch.

Then with half a lap to go, Peter went for the line and was just overhauled by top senior riders Matt Fenton and Tony Nash to finish third.

l A good turnout saw 41 riders take part in the annual club barbecue 10 which raised funds for Kidney Research UK in memory of long-time club member John Edwards.

Times were generally slower than of recent weeks, with Peter Cocker recording the only sub-24-minute ride with 23:45, almost a minute clear of Juan Carlos on 24.41 and Neil Sentance (24.48).

Four riders did manage an improvement on the evening with Nathan O’Leary leading the way by taking 33 seconds of his previous best, followed by Tim Bragg with 17 seconds and Joshua Webb with 10 seconds.

James Carter still leads the overall handicap league on 32 points by one point from Mick Egner.

Results: Peter Cocker 23:45 1 Juan Carlos 24:41 2 Neil Sentence 24:48 3 Stefan Lawrence 24:49 4 Bill Harrison 24:52 5 Karl Baillie 24:55 6 Graham Jenks 25:15 7 Chris Crawford 25:38 8 Paul Conneely 26:03 9 Martin Milne 26:26 10 Dave Herd 26:51 11 Kim Paxton 26:52 12 Steve Lord 26:57 13 Dave Moulds 27:11 14 Mick Egner 27:15 15 Simon Cocker 27:35 16 Reece Egner 27:39 17 Graham McAndrew 27:50 18 Ian Simpson 27:53 19 James Carter 27:54 20 Kevin Flint 28:00 21 John Farmer 28:15 22 Lara Thornhill 28:35 23 Mike Lewis 28:38 24 John Pygott 28:47 25 Martin Harlock 28:54 26 Jason Harlock 28:55 27 Carl Jennings 29:17 28 John Clifton 29:34 29 Adam Egner 30:28 30 Tony Hardenberg 30:37 31 Peter Storey 31:12 32 Carol Milne 31:15 33 John Hill 31:29 34 Nathan O’Leary 31:31 35 Wayne Hall 31:45 36 Michael Smalley 32:30 37 Tim Bragg 33:21 39 Joshua Webb 35:04 40 Trevor White DNF.

l Kerrigan Robb took part in the final round of the Friday night mountain bike race series at Hardwick Hall, winning the under-10 category and finishing second in the under-12s.