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Witham Wheelers events produce competitive racing

Witham Wheelers organised their two annual British Cycling road races with support from PedalPushers Bike Shop.

The 12-mile Hungerton-Skillington circuit always produces competitive racing with riders from all over the East Midlands and further afield taking part in the 60-rider fields, appreciating what is always considered a well organised and well marshalled, safe event.

In the morning 48-mile race for category 3 and 4 riders, a break of six riders went clear on the penultimate lap and established a one minute lead which held to the finish, with Joe Faichney (Squadra RT) leading out the final sprint.

Best of the local riders was Kerrigan Robb (Windmill Wheels), from Barkestone-le-Vale, who took the Junior Cup in 10th overall, just ahead of Grantham's Adam Egner (NRT Racing) in 12th.

The afternoon's 82-mile race for Elite, 1, 2 and 3 category riders saw a high pace from the start, averaging almost 27mph for the complete race.

A break of nine riders, including Grantham's Steve Young (NRT Racing), established a 30 second lead on the third of seven laps. With the bunch keeping up a steady chase, the lead never went more than a minute and with a lap to go it had dropped to 20 seconds.

But the gap was never fully closed and on the final hill, with a mile to go, Mason Hollyman (Zappi Racing Team) attacked the remnants of the tiring break to win by nine seconds.

Twenty-one seconds later, Steve Young just held on for sixth, four seconds in front of the fast closing bunch. Of the other local riders, Peter Cocker (Richardsons-Trek) finished fourth in the bunch sprint for 10th overall, with a great result by category 3 rider and veteran Witham Wheeler Martyn Ludlam who finished in 31st. Reece Egner (NRT Racing) unluckily punctured early on and had to retire.


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