CYCLING: Big boost for Bowser

Sarah Bentley
Sarah Bentley
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With the Fisherman’s Arms Trophy 10-mile TT and the Club Championships TT coming up in the next two weeks, chances for Spalding members to improve or gain more points in the league standings are almost gone.

Round nine of the league series was critical to those hoping to feature in the awards.

Andy Bowser

Andy Bowser

As in previous years this round drew a smaller field than usual on an evening that by comparison to recent weeks was very windy.

In general slower times were posted by the 13 members and five guests with the earlier start numbers appearing to be more affected by the strong headwind on the outward leg of the race.

The conditions did not deter Andy Bowser from a fine ride, posting 23:03 to win – a clear 31 seconds ahead of Josh Wallis of Velo-One, the best guest rider, whose 23:34 was almost a full minute slower than the time from round eight.

The Mark Hills and Ross McGivern double act continued as they crossed the line on 24:59 and 25:02.

Kimberley Fisher

Kimberley Fisher

This year the ladies participation and competition has been increasing and this event saw five members racing.

Fastest lady on the night was Sarah Bentley posting 28:55, just three seconds slower than the previous week and seven seconds ahead of Natasha Tooley who finished with 29:02. Third lady was new member Helen Wallis with a personal best of 34:26.

Another PB ride came from Kimberley Fisher with 39:50 while Nicole Flatters’ string of PB rides throughout the season didn’t continue as she recorded 34:43.

Matt Ellis, riding as second claim member, was the only under-16 taking part but like others struggled in the wind, although his 27:46 earned him fifth overall in the club members’ results.

Helen Wallis

Helen Wallis

Meanwhile, guest rider Matthew Crick put in a fine debut time with 35:19 in his first TT.

A strong ride in both directions put Frazer Wallis as fourth member, recording 25:56 – three seconds slower than the previous week but only 10 seconds slower than the PB set in round six.

Chris Bettinson and Kieran Buffham had a battle with the conditions, putting in slower than usual but still creditable finish times of 28:14 and 28:32, and it was a similar story for Gary Bentley with 29:54.

Of the other guests Adam Ellis put in another consistent ride but couldn’t quite add another sub 24-minute ride to his tally after crossing the line with 24:07.

Paul Matthews of Fenland Road Club was just off the pace of his previous ride in 25:46 – five seconds slower than the previous week.

Gareth Richards’ pace time was almost perfect just one second quicker than the previous week on 26 minutes exactly.