CYCLING: Witham Wheelers pair put in good performance at Plungar

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A duo from Witham Wheelers put in a good showing at the category 3/4 road race at Plungar last Wednesday night.

On a blustery night, Shaun Culpin and junior rider Adam Egner were among the 50-strong field. Breakaway attempts were made but none stayed away, with Adam having a few digs off the front.

Eventually, after 35 miles at 25 mph, the race went down to a bunch sprint after. Adam found himself in the correct place but didn’t have the power to finish it off, coming in 12th, with Shaun not too far behind.

Week 13 of the Witham Wheelers 10-mile handicap time trial league at Gorse Lane saw warm and still conditions with a little rain in the air just to make riders cautious around the corners on the greasy roads.

Fastest rider on the night was Reece Egner in a rapid 22min 13sec, with Gary Symons making a rare midweek appearance for second in 22.47, and Adam Egner third in 23.14. Fastest Lady with a big improvemnt was Tracey George with 28.39. Joshua Gibson was fastest schoolboy in 30.34, also taking family honours in beating his father by seven seconds.

On handicap, Tracey George was the clear winner with a big 1:11 improvement, from Guy Haws who continued his weekly improvement by 12 seconds.

In the veterans’ competition, with regular winner Michael Smalley taking his turn at marshalling, Gary Symons came out on top with +3.26, with Simon Cocker second with +2.16 and Tony Hardenberg (+1.20) third.

Results: 1 Reece Egner 22:13, 2 Gary Symons 22:47, 3 Adam Egner 23:14, 4 Simon Cocker 25:04, 5 Chris Pugh 25:10 PB, 5 Mark Wilson 25:10, 7 Ehren Courtman 26:58, 8 Mike Goddard 27:00, 9 Tony Hardenberg 27:03, 10 Wayne Searle 27:12, 11 Nev Chamberlain 27:26 PB, 12 Guy Haws 27:38 PB, 13 Dave Herd 28:00, 14 Tracey George 28:39 PB, 15 Joshua Gibson 30:34, 16 Phil Gibson 30:41, 17 Vicky Safarris 32:02.