CYCLING: PBs galore at fifth time trial

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Personal bests were smashed by half the riders as Spalding Cycling Club’s members enjoyed an astonishingly successful event five in their 10-mile time trial league.

A near perfect evening and consistently close and fast racing enabled no less than 16 riders from the 32 starters to produce personal bests, with riders only separated by one or two seconds at the finish.

Uniquely too, the first six riders topping the result board all recorded PBs, with winner Neil Palmer improving by 19 seconds to record 22.26 and Chris Ward holding on for second place in 23.09 – just six seconds quicker on the previous week.

He was chased home hard by Andrew Gurney, whose 23.50 was the last of the times inside 24 minutes.

In fourth and fifth places, a mere five seconds separated Sam Bentley and Harry Bellars in the under-18 category in a mirror image ride to the previous week when the gap was seven seconds. Sam recorded 24.18 while Harry finished in 23.38. Sixth placed Joe Andrews completed his ride in 24.38, beating his previous PB by 46 seconds.

First lady was again Aimee Stocker in 16th place with 25.53 and just three seconds outside her PB for this season.

Second lady was Nicole Flatters, who in her first season with the club has consistently improved, taking an amazing nine minutes 30 seconds off her time for the distance – her first ride was completed in 45.15 and the latest ride was 35.45!

The under-16s all rode extremely well with Matt Ellis taking top spot in a PB of 26.22.

Second placed Jake Norton just missed out on equalling his PB while Tom Webster and William Gurney recorded 33.19 and 34.55.

Other PB rides included: Simon Wright, Chris Peel, Andy Bowser, Victor Neilson, Graham Almack and newest member Chris Bettinson, who took 1.42 off last week’s time to record 33.10 for what was only his second ever time trial.