CYCLING: Palmer, Stocker and Bellars leading after first seven rounds of time trial league

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With the sixth and seventh round of Spalding Cycling Club’s 10-mile time trial league races completed, consistent leaders in each category are starting to emerge.

Neil Palmer continues, despite his absence in race six, to head the leader board in the Mens category with Chris Ward hard on his heels.

In the Ladies category Aimee Stocker is on top, having completed more races than Sarah Plows and Claire Thomas, who are both closing in fast.

The absence of Sam Bentley in the Under 18s category for races six and seven has enabled Harry Bellars to consolidate his lead, while Matt Ellis and Jake Norton are fighting hard to take the top spot in the Under 16s category.

Smaller fields in races six and seven and reasonable weather produced some slightly slower times than the record race five, when 16 riders PBd, but all riders were consistent and there were more PBs for Chris Bettinson, Nicole Flatters and William Gurney.

* Elsewhere Jake and Ben Norton were in action at the three-day International Youth Tour of the North West at Blackpool.

Despite difficult weather conditions, some very fast and tactical racing and some crashes – which luckily did not include our riders – Jake finished eighth overall while Ben placed 33rd in his first national race. Highly creditable performances for both after a hard winter of cyclo-cross racing.

* Members have also been in action in Sportives with three – Gary Bentley, Richard Flatters and Andy Foster – travelling to the Lake District to ride the 112-mile Fred Whitton Challenge, which takes in many of the biggest climbs in that region.

Riding in rainy and cold weather, all finished inside 10 hours.

Finally, at the Help for Heroes Sportive at Marholm, Adrian Thurston, Craig Richarson Woodward, David Rains, Helen Purdy and Tim Bryett had better weather and shorter rides to enjoy completing either the approximate 50 or 70 mile routes.