CYCLING: Witham Wheelers junior Enger finishes third in Lincs League road race

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Witham Wheelers promoted the latest round of the Lincs Handicap Road Race League, held over three laps of the club’s 12-mile Skillington road race circuit last Wednesday.

A field of 59 riders were split into four groups, set off with time gaps of six, five and two minutes respectively.

At the end of lap one, the three riders in group one were still there but their lead had been reduced to two minute, with the large second group of 28 riders 2min 26sec ahead of group three, and the scratch group a further 1:19 back.

A lap further on and group two was now in the lead with just a 56sec lead on the third group, with the scratch riders closing at 30 seconds.

It all came together on the stretch from Sproxton to Skillington but the bunch began to stretch on the drag out of the village. With the main hill only a mile before the finish, it favoured younger legs with 17-year-old Kieran Hotson from Grimsby just getting the better of under-23 George Thompson (Giant Store Rutland/Wattbike) from Sleaford and Wheelers junior Adam Egner.

Other Wheelers results: 7 Llewey Byrne, 10 Robert McAndrew, 22 Darren Reed, 24 Crispin Bridges-Webb,

32 John Farmer, 34 Mark Kokocinski, 38 Rob Johnson, 44 Ehren Courtman, 47 Ross Tomblin.

l Witham Wheelers time trialist Gary Simons swapped his low profile machine for an off-road bike at the weekend as he took on this year’s Mountain Mayhem 24-hour MTB endurance race at Gatcombe Park.

The course consisted of a hilly 6.5-mile loop located predominately in the wooded area of the estate, culminating in a fast flat finish through the middle of the campsite.

Entered in the Open Team category along with three friends, Luke Humphreys, Rob Daniels and Dan Moseley, they raced in relay with one team member on the circuit at all times.

As night approached, lights were fitted and the decision was taken to work in two alternating pairs of riders, allowing half the team at a time to get two or three hours of much needed sleep. Dawn saw a thick mist descend, making the course very slippery once again for the next couple of hours before thankfully drying out a little again by mid-morning.

With noon approaching and the end finally in sight, all riders gave it everything for one last lap apiece, giving a very respectable eighth place after completing 30 laps in 24:12:55.

Next year’s event will be the 20th anniversary and Gary is already planning on making a return, possibly returning to the solo rider category as per previous years.