CYCLING: Neil heads fast time trial field

A spree of fast times were clocked as 37 riders from Spalding Cycling Club took on round three of their ten-mile time trial league.

With the conditions excellent for racing at Pode Hole, it was no surprise that a number of members set personal best (PB) times too.

First and second were Neil Palmer and Chris Ward, in 22.54mins and 23.14mins respectively, while Aimee Stocker was first lady again.

She improved with a time of 25.50mins, which is over a minute quicker than the previous week’s effort.

• Round two was also won by Palmer (23.54mins), who finished three seconds clear of Ward. Chris Pratt took third place (25.01mins), with Harry Bellars the first under-18 home (25.32).

• Spalding riders were in action in the LRRA two-man team time trial, with Neil Palmer and Chris Ward missing top spot by just ten seconds after finishing in 35.32mins.

Harry Bellars and Andrew Gurney put in a great performance to finish fourth with 37.49mins, while Gary and Sarah Bentley knocked three minutes of their PB on the same course from last year, recording 45.21mins.

• Jake Norton and Matt Ellis were both in action at the National Youth Series race in London.

Norton finished ninth in the under-12 race at the Under Hog Hill circuit after launching a series of attacks.

Ellis wasn’t so fortunate, however, having got himself caught at the rear of the bunch. He had to chase hard throughout the race to finish in 46th position.

• Spalding’s Tom Neale managed to get a place as a guest rider with a Belgian team in the Cicleclassic Road Race at Oakham – an annual international event featuring domestic and continental elite category riders.

From the start it was a fast and difficult race with 28 miles covered in the first hour. It was also marred by punctures and crashes, meaning that many riders were eliminated – with Neale among those tangled up among the chaos.