CYCLING: Witham Wheeler Mark sprints to Lincs League road race victory

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Witham Wheelers hosted the latest round of the Lincolnshire Handicap Road Race League at Skillington on Wednesday night.

The handicapping system worked well for the slower riders with Group 3 catching 1 and 2 by the end of lap two of three, still with two-and-a-half minutes over the combined faster Groups 4 and 5.

Approaching the finish, the leading group contained 15 riders and Wheeler Mark Kokocinski had the legs to win the sprint to the line. Not far behind were clubmates Gary Rands 9th, Reece Egner 13th, Ross Tomblin 16th, Adam Egner 20th and Peter Barnes 21st.

Riding in Groups 4 and 5, Peter Cocker (Team Forme), Neil Sentance, Paul Conneely and Crispin Bridges-Webb finished 25th, 27th, 30th and 35th respectively.

l Karl Baillie took an excellent second place in the latest round of the National Youth Circuit Series at Curborough, near Lichfield, on Saturday.

He rolled in fifth in the qualifier for the 60-rider final in which he rode away from the bunch to catch breakaway man Joe Fry. The effort took its toll on Karl in the final lap but he held enough of a gap over the pack to take second spot comfortably.

l Peter Cocker contested the 40-mile E/1/2-category race on a closed road circuit at Mildenhall on Saturday.

The race went to a bunch finish. Peter went a bit too early and, restricted to junior gearing, was overhauled before the line to take ninth place.

There was further frustration for Peter the following day when a jammed chain put him out of the 60-mile Melbourne EMEG race at half-distance when riding comfortably in the leading bunch.

l Riders enjoyed the best conditions of the year so far for the eighth round of Witham Wheelers’ 10-mile time trial league at Gorse Lane last Tuesday evening.

Fastest of the 41 entrants was Reece Egner who, now riding a specialist time trial bike, finished in 23min 11sec – a 90-second improvement. Around half the field improved their personal bests for the course, including third placed John Pilgrim who recorded 24.08.

Best of the ladies was Louise George (28.26), just pipping schoolgirl Jennifer McAndrew by two seconds.

Despite Reece’s dramatic improvement, the handicap prize went to Glynn Trundle (29.33/18.25). Bill Harrison (25.13) triumphed in the veterans’ standard competition with comeback man Rick Yates (24.40) not far behind.

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