CYCLING: Witham Wheelers’ club time trial season begins

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Witham Wheelers’ club time trial season began with the traditional two-up event off Gorse Lane, with riders setting off in pairs in an attempt to go faster than they would normally as a solo rider.

A good turnout of 46 riders in total saw some fast times in almost perfect conditions on a warm still evening.

Peter Cocker and Alistair Golby (22min 16sec) were quickest by just eight seconds from Patrick Cutmore and Harry Browning. Quickest mixed pairing were Carol and Martin Milne, with Suzanne Holdsworth and Natalie Eastaugh the only all female pairing just outside the 30 minute barrier. John Pilgrim was the quickest of the solo riders in 23.25 and looks to have picked up from where he finished last year in his debut season.

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The season-long 10-mile handicap time trial league begins on Tuesday. Riders should sign on at Grantham Cricket Club, Gorse Lane, by 6.45pm.

Witham Wheelers promotes the first round of the Pedal Pushers circuit race series at RAF Barkston Heath on Saturday.

More than 200 riders from all over the East Midlands will be competing in events for youths through to seniors. First race starts at 10am

l Former Witham Wheelers member Harry Browning enjoyed a top 10 finish in his latest racing exploit.

Now riding for Pedal Pushers, Harry contested the 2/3/4 category event at the York Sport Day @ the Races 3 on Saturday.

He was prominent in attacks throughout the closed circuit race but eventually it came down to a 50-rider bunch sprint, with Harry crossing the line in sixth place.