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Egner brothers take podium spots

Brothers Reece and Adam Egner warm up on the rollers. (2354892)
Brothers Reece and Adam Egner warm up on the rollers. (2354892)

Former Witham Wheelers Reece and Adam Egner competed in a category 3/4 criterium race at Yarborough, Lincoln, on Saturday.

Now riding for NRT Cycling, the two brothers both raced to finish on the podium.

The race kicked off a little cautiously but at the end of the first lap Reece attacked with one other and slowly but surely opened a sizeable gap, with Adam playing the team card back in the group.

With Reece clear of the main bunch, Adam started to try and jump away, covering moves to try and catch Reece while attacking himself. With seven laps to go, Adam jumped clear with one other rider and they managed to stay away until the finish.

With Reece now solo after dropping his companion, he took a great victory with Adam sprinting for third – a great afternoon for the Egner brothers.

The pair were also in action alongside Wheelers Martyn Ludlam and Shaun Culpin for another 3/4 race at Orston last Wednesday evening

It was a fast paced race with all four riders having attempts off the front, but ultimately no attempts stuck and when it came to the sprint there was only one man up the road.

The lads were positioned well and first of them over the line was Adam in fourth position, followed by Reece in fifth, Martyn seventh and Shaun just outside the top 10.

+ Witham Wheelers held their annual open 10-mile time trial on the Silk Willoughby to Osbournby course on Saturday afternoon.

Conditions were warm and muggy but riders were spared the heavy downpours that were circulating in the area.

John Pilgrim was fastest club rider in 22min 30sec for eighth, just behind ex-Wheeler Jacob Storey (22:23) who now rides for VC Londres.

Louise George (26:41) returned to form to retain her place as female club champion, in front of Tracey George (26:54) after recent reversals in position.

Thanks went to Chris O'Connor for organising and supporting the event through his shop Chris O'Connor Cycles.

Other times: Gary Simons 23:02, Henry Gould 23:30, James Westwood 24:22, Simon Cocker 24:36, Graham McAndrew 25:17, Martin Hedley 25:43, Tony Hardenberg 26:03, Dave Herd 27:02, Steve Kidd 27:10, Carol Milne 27:29, Julie Clark 28:44.

+ Round seven of the Witham Wheelers 10-mile time trial league saw another breezy evening with an easterly wind helping on the long drag up to turn two.

John Pilgrim 22:24 was quickest by a comfortable margin, with his usual challengers resting after the previous day's road races. Second and continuing his weekly improvements in his first season was John Orridge in 24:50, just in front of runner Matthew Kingston-Lee (24:54).

The ladies are continuing to push each other to improve every week, with Tracey George quickest in 27:31, from Louise George (27:44) and Annie Walton (28:54).

On handicap, it was Andrea Egner leading the way with 26 seconds, one second in front of Julie and Tracey.

In the veterans' competition, Michael Smalley was again well out in front, from John Orridge and Paul Pearson.

This Tuesday evening is the club's 24-mile circuit time trial. Register to enter from 6pm at Grantham Cricket Club on Gorse Lane. All welcome.


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