Former Wheeler Cocker completes Lincoln GP
Former Witham Wheeler Peter Cocker (Richardsons Cycl es) took part in the Lincoln Grand Prix last Sunday, held over 13 laps of an eight-mile circuit including the steep cobbled climb upto Castle Square.
It was the latest round of the British Cycling Premier Calendar Series and all the professional teams in the UK were strongly represented in the 150-rider field, including many riders fresh from riding the Tour of Yorkshire the previous weekend.
The race followed a pattern with small breaks of riders establishing a good lead before the bunch split apart as it chased it down, before all coming back together again.
Peter held a good position in the main bunch, moving up well on the climb each lap. The pressure finally told with a couple of laps to go and the race split apart with Alex Richardson breaking away from a small group to win on his own by nearly a minute.
Peter was in the main part of the field, which slowly lost time on the lead riders, and finished 76th out of the 100 finishers just over five minutes down on the winner.
Just to finish this race is seen as an achievement but, as Peter said, the next step is to be competitive at the front of the race.
+ The first of the Witham Wheelers circuit time trials saw the best evening of the year weather-wise so far, warm and dry with only a light easterly breeze.
The 12-mile circuit from Hungerton to Saltby, Sproxton, Skillington and back to the start via Ponton Heath, is a great test of bike riding ability with a mix of rolling hills, long straights and sharp corners.
Quickest rider on the evening was John Pilgrim in 28min 40sec, a clear 1:20 ahead of Patrick Cutmore, with Adam Madge third in 30:15.
Tracey George (35:16) was again fastest of the ladies, more than a minute in front of Louise George, with Carol Milne just pushed back into third.
Of the younger riders, Josh Kettle (40:06) was quickest and there was another promising ride from 12-year-old Jack Simpson in 41.33.
For full results, visit www.withamwheelers.co.uk