Egner claims top junior award
Witham Wheelers riders Reece Egner, Adam Egner, Llewey Byrne and Tony Swaby made the journey up to Market Harborough to take part in the Rockingham Forest Wheelers’ two-day team stage race.
The event boasted a 78 strong field.
Saturday’s first stage was a 2.9 mile individual time trial.
Reece finished fourth, nine seconds behind the winner, with younger brother Adam in 38th place, 32 seconds off.
Llewey was 60th, 44 seconds back and Tony came 73rd, 54 seconds off the win.
Saturday afternoon’s second stage was a 56 mile road race, incorporating the tough Devil’s Staircase seven times.
First year junior Adam was first Wheeler, sprinting to 14th place overall.
Llewey and Reece rode in with the bunch in 31st and 32nd respectively while Tony pulled out with two laps to go, suffering badly from cramp.
Stage three, on Sunday morning, was held in beautiful conditions for the gruelling 59 mile road race.
The pace was high from the gun with many trying to establish an early breakaway.
After a big crash on the fourth lap, Reece opted for the softer grass verge and found himself chasing back on to the bunch who never let up.
Adam went back to aid Reece as he was the highest placed in the team and, on his way to getting Reece back upto the front, they both narrowly avoided a second crash.
On the final lap up the final climb, Adam and Llewey broke clear and found themselves doing a two-up TT for the final lap, bringing back one rider and holding the bunch off until the finish.
As they were both too tired for a sprint, they simply rode in together ahead of the bunch with Llewey letting Adam come in eighth, one place ahead.
Reece managed a creditable 15th on the day with Tony rolling in just behind the bunch after a tough day.
Overall, Reece placed seventh with Adam 12th, Llewey 18th and Tony 34th.
They didn’t win the team prize but Adam was first junior overall, thanks to the help of his teammates.
l Round four of the Witham Wheelers Time Trial league saw a good turn out of 43 riders, including one tandem and quite a few members of Belvoir Tri club practicing their bike leg skills.
Conditions were a little warmer and less windy than previous weeks, so times were generally quicker than the previous week.
John Pilgrim made his first outing in a club TT to record a clear win in 22 mins 39 secs from Henry Gould 24.29+ and Stephen Hobday 25.00.
Lara Thornhill was first lady in 27.39 from Jennifer McAndrew 28.41 and Natalie Eastaugh 30.15.
Joshua Gibson was first schoolboy in 31.54.
On Handicap Stephen Hobday was a narrow winner with a 25 second improvement from three riders tied on second - Henry Gould, John Pilgrim and Kyle Fisher.
In the veterans, Michael Smalley maintained his 100 per cent record.
Results: 1 John Pilgrim 22:39, 2 Henry Gould 24:29 PB, 3 Stephen Hobday 25:00 PB, 4 Ian Galpin 25:04, 5 John Farmer 25:56, 6 Matthew Kingston-Lee 26:09, 7 Martin Hedley 26:14, 8 Michael Smalley 26:19, 9 Simon Cocker 26:24, 10 Chris Pugh 26:28, 11 Graham McAndrew 26:33, 12 Mark Wilson 26:37, 13 Tony Hardenberg 26:40, 14 Dave Moulds 27:07, 15 Tim Dawson 27:10, 16 Robert Keep 27:15 PB, 17 Mark Bailey 27:26, 18 Chris Masters 27:33, 19 Lara Thornhill 27:39, 20 Kyle Fisher 27:45 PB, 21 Steve Kidd 28:29, 22 Paul Fairey 28:38, 23 Jennifer McAndrew 28:41, 24 Wayne Searle 28:44 PB, 25 Nev Chamberlain 29:17 PB, 26 Natalie Eastaugh 30:15, 27 Sophie Hunt 30:44 PB, 28 Heidi Moulds 30:54, 29 Tracey George 30:56, 30 John Scott 31:22, 31 Phil Gibson 31:26 PB, 32 Alan Heathershaw 31:35, 33 Dan Moore 31:45, 34 Joshua Gibson 31:54, 35 Suzanne Holdsworth 32:16, 36 Vicky Safarris 32:27, 37 Dave Beckett 32:54, 38 Guy Maws 33:23, 39 Gwenda Williams 34:27, 40 Joanna McGrath 34:39, 41 Max Moore 36:45, 42 Evangeline Searle 39:27.