After the highly successful ‘Drop Bar Challenge’ it should have been business as normal for round six of Spalding Cycling Club’s 10-mile league.
For the third successive week, though, really unfavourable weather disrupted the efforts of some of the riders who faced rainstorms and a strong cold wind during the event.
This was reflected in both the number of starters and the times posted.
Only 13 club members and five guests faced the time keepers.
With both Neil Palmer and Chris Ward absent, Andy Bowser took top spot among the club members – posting 25:27 (the only time inside 26 minutes) with Simon Wright second on 26:34 and Ross McGivern third with 26:57, his best time over the distance this season.
The ladies competition only drew one entrant with Sophie Wright representing the under-16 girls too. She recorded another consistent finish time of 34:43. Matt Ellis was the best under-16, putting in a great ride on 27:12 while Matthew Hull, riding his first-ever time trial, produced an impressive 32:57 to finish as second U16 member.
Less fortunate was Mark Hills who crashed on one of the corners, remounted quickly and rode on to finish in 29:07.
Other Spalding members’ times: Ben Richards 27:47, B Heron 28:24, Barry Drew 30:04, G Hughes 30:27, Adrian Thurston 34:44.
Regular guest riders Gareth and Bryn Richards from Bourne Wheelers posted 28:42 and 29:46 respectively while G Wright of Peterborough CC was fastest on the night with 25:21.
Ian Fensom of Fenland Road Club used his experience of the course to finish well in 25:49 and Spalding Tri’s R Young crossed the line with 28:16.
Round seven takes place on June 2 as the Hereward League event hosted by Bourne Wheelers is the next event on the calendar.