CYCLING: Witham Wheelers’ winter rides finish with hills galore

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Witham Wheelers’ final reliability ride of the winter was the infamous 13-hill challenge,

The weather gods have generally been very kind to the Wheelers this year and only one of the 11 scheduled rides was cancelled due to icy roads.

Ninety-three riders started at least one of the 10 rides but only one, Martin Milne, has sucessfully completed all of them. Ian Metcalfe, Russell Newman and Crispin Bridges-Webb completed nine rides .

In total, the 93 riders completed 387 rides and a total of 18,930 miles, which was a great achievement.

To mark this, £700 of the entry fees will be donated to Sport Relief with the balance helping to cover club costs.

The final ride took in most of the climbs along the Belvoir ridge, including Branston, Long Clawson, Harby, Stathern and Terrace, over 51 miles.

There was another good turnout of 26 riders, split into four groups, on a warm and sunny Sunday morning.

Group one tackled a slightly shorter route but still including Harby and Terrace Hills at a good average of 12.6mph. The other three faster groups completed the full route, keeping together well despite the hilly terrain.

Taking part were John Clifton, Tracey George, Suzanne Holdsworth, Phil Johnson, Heidi Moulds, Vicky Saffaris, John Scott, Jason McColl, Ian Metcalfe, Carol Milne, Russell Newman, Ian Church, Mark Colclough, Ehran Courtman, John Farmer, Aidan Friskney, Tony Mendham, Dave Moulds, John Pygott, David Sharp, Crispin Bridges-Webb, Ian Galpin, Stephen Hobday, Martin Ludlam, David Millere and Martin Milne.