CYCLING: Spalding season has raised the bar again

CRACKING CAMPAIGN: Spalding Cycling Club members are pictured before their final ten mile time trial event of the summer season.
CRACKING CAMPAIGN: Spalding Cycling Club members are pictured before their final ten mile time trial event of the summer season.

Ever-improving Spalding Cycling Club are reflecting on a record-breaking summer season both in and out of competitive action.

After a long campaign of time trial racing on Tuesday nights and Saturday morning club runs, the club has seen a steady rise in members.

Many club records and individual personal bests have been shattered over the past few months, while the club is now superbly represented on all fronts.

Some Spalding members are now preparing for the winter ‘cyclo cross’ season – but others continue to be highly successful in events, both locally and further afield.

The Lincs Road Records Association 30-mile time trial counted as the club championship event for the distance and saw six members in action. Andrew Gurney was first home in 1.14.18hrs, as he won the first ‘Veteran’ award. Dave Thornley was next in 1.19.58, with Barry Drew (1.26.39) making up the top three .

Adrian Thurston finished with 1.35.31, while Bill Wood, having only a few days previously ridden his 1,000th time trial, completed the course in 1.38.24. Sarah Bentley recorded a fine 1.27.15 – and also headed the club’s results with her handicap time of 58.35mins too.

Elsewhere, the amazing Aimee Stocker added another record to her collection.

Not content with setting club ladies benchmarks at ten, 25 and 50 miles Aimee Stocker added the 100 mile time trial to her CV with at time of 4.53.33hrs in her first ride over the distance on the ‘A50’ course at Uttoxeter.

• Spalding’s Club Hill Climb Championship was won in fine style by Ben Moore (56.51mins). He saw off the challenge of last year’s winner Tom Neale (59.32).

Claire Thomas (1.32.45hrs) was the first woman home, with Reece Moradkhan (1.36.67) the top under-14.