Cold temperatures and high winds deterred many members from entering Spalding Cycling Club’s Five-mile Time Trial Championships and had a huge impact on the times recorded by those that did line up for the timekeepers.
A total of 33 riders – 27 club members and six guests – rode in 2014 and new course records were set in three categories.
The 2015 event had a field of six club members and two guests which given the conditions on the night was a record in its own way that anyone wanted to ride.
Fastest on the night was Chris Ward finishing on 12:25, just over a minute slower than his time of 11:22 and second place in 2014.
Second place went to Andy Bowser in 14:35 – his eighth place in 2014 of 12:39 was a PB ride. Making up the podium, Mark Hills was almost another minute back on 15:26.
Feeling the cold after a very successful racing trip to Malta, Tilly Gurney took the Ladies and Under-16 award in 17:30 while her dad Andrew just got the better of Gary Bentley, recording 16:25 and 16:45 respectively.
Among the guest riders for the event was Tom Neale of Catford CC – a second claim Spalding member and the senior member of the select group of Go Riders who have progressed to racing for sponsored teams.
He turned up on his time trial bike then decided that conditions didn’t suit so rode home, picked up his road bike and still recorded 13:06.
Adam Botteley of Bourne Wheelers was first man off but abandoned the race very early on.