CYCLING: Witham Wheelers finish second in grasstrack event

Witham Wheelers youth riders tackled Heckington Show grasstrack.
Witham Wheelers youth riders tackled Heckington Show grasstrack.
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Witham Wheelers entered a youth team in last Saturday’s annual inter-club grasstrack race at the Heckington Show, taking on teams from Spalding, Sleaford and Scunthorpe.

With a mix of experience, the Wheelers did well to finish second overall just three points adrift of winners Lincsquad from Scunthorpe.

Karl Baillie won two Youth A races, Jennifer McAndrew won two girls races, Robert McAndrew was runner-up in Youth B, Kerrigan Robb was third in Youth C/D, and Nathan Townsend and Max Moore rode really well in their first track races.

Karl also rode in the adult events, winning the opening devil race, finishing fifth in the 800m, third in the handicap, seventh in the mile, and third in the 8km.

l Wheeler Martin Ludlam and Peter Cocker (Team Forme) rode the 2/3 category 75-mile Harby Road Race last Saturday.

Peter just got in the points with a 13th place finish and Martin was happy to cross the line in the main bunch after the six ascents of Harby Hill in very hot conditions.

l Despite tired legs from the previous day at Heckington, Karl Baillie still managed to hold on to fourth in the sprint for the line in the 3/4 category Darley Moor circuit race.

l There was a good turnout of 29 riders for Witham Wheelers’ latest 10-mile time trial on Gorse Lane, despite earlier torrential rain.

Fastest rider was juvenile Karl Baillie in a swift 22min 55sec, with comeback veteran Rick Yates second in 24.30. Rick won on veterans’ standard and Adam Egner was first on handicap.

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