SUCCESSFUL Spalding Cycling Club toasted their hugely successful 84th anniversary year in style with a big awards bash.
The club used the evening to celebrate the achievements of their riders, while also conveying their thanks to its team of timekeepers and race officials, whose hard work made sure that all competitors enjoyed an action packed season.
Gongs galore were dished out to Spalding’s top talent, with Sarah Bentley becoming the first winner of the club’s new Ray Pell award – donated by his son Martin Pell.
Ray was a popular and successful club competitor in the 1980s across a number of time trial distances before moving abroad.
The first winner of the new trophy, awarded to the lady who has given an outstanding performance during the year, was Bentley – who enjoyed a successful 12 months and excelled in a number of long distance time trials.
Plenty of other titles were awarded to Spalding riders too, with Tilley Gurney grabbing the ten mile handicap trophy after clocking a net time of 21.37mins.
Aimee Stocker was also honoured for being the top lady in both the ten mile and 17 mile leagues, while Tracy McAndrew was named Clubman of the year.
The coveted cyclocross award went to Matt Ellis, while Jenny McAndrew was awarded the James Avery Outstanding Performance Cup among a spree of successes.
In team competition, Spalding moved up from eighth to a highly creditable fourth in the Lincolnshire Club League table, almost trebling the number of points won and finishing just behind Sleaford Wheelers, Lincoln Wheelers and Alford Wheelers.
Cyclocross remains the club’s second area of strength – Spalding have enjoyed another tremendous season so far this year, with lots of category wins and podium places.
The club regularly turn out 20 riders in all age groups on a Sunday morning at venues all over the county and easily outnumber the other Lincolnshire clubs.
In the under-16 and under 14-boys categories, Spalding regularly have four or five riders inside the top ten places, while at under-12 level the club have never lost a race with four in the top five almost every week.
Spalding’s girls have also made massive strides ahead this year in all age groups.
Meanwhile, grass track racing is becoming more and more important at under-18 level. Spalding enjoyed sweet revenge against strong opposition at the Heckington Show, while the team won a leg of the Tour of Britain at Sandringham this year – producing the fastest time of any junior team throughout the UK during the whole of the tour of Britain.
In addition, Spalding enjoyed a very successful Sportive in March, with numbers well up this year, while the Town Centre Crit in July was a success and the season-ending hill climb time trial in September produced the quickest time in many years.
• Individual awards: Tom Neale: Hill climb award (56.56secs); Road Racing Trophy for 2011. Charles Pell: 17 mile 2 up 42.04. Chris Ward: 3rd 10 mile 2 up 23.07; 2nd 17 mile 2-up 40.56. Neil Palmer: 2nd 17 mile league. Harriett Moore: 10 mile handicap 21.59; Best Novice award. Jenny McAndrew: Fisherman’s Arms handicap; 2nd handicap 10 mile in 21.48; 3rd ladies’ 10 mile league; Junior BAR for girls; James Avery Outstanding Performance Cup. Harry Bellers: 1st U/23 league; 2nd 2-up with 22.50; 3rd 2 up 17 mile with 42.04; 3rd handicap winner 5 mile TT; Junior Best All Rounder (boys). Andrew Gurney: Handicap 5 mile TT. Sam Bentley: 3rd U/23 league; 3rd 30 mile 1.26.30; 2nd handicap 30 mile; 3rd handicap 25 mile. Dave Thornley: 1st handicap 30 mile; 3rd 30 mile handicap; 2nd 25 mile handicap. Sarah Bentley: 1st 100 mile TT handicap 4.02.12; 2nd 100 mile TT 5.18.12; 3rd 50 mile TT 2.33.50; 2nd handicap 50 mile 1.58.50; 3rd handicap 30 mile 57.26; Lady Outstanding Performannce Award. Gary Bentley: vets 100; vets 50; 2nd 50 mile handicap 100 mile; 3rd handicap 50 mile. Alex Avery: 3rd 25 mile 1.00.46; 1st Handicap 25 mile 47.16; 1st 10 mile 2-up 22.30. Chris Pratt: 3rd 5 mile 12.11; 3rd 10 mile 24.09. Jeremy Hargrave: 1st 2-up 17 mile 39.09; 1st 17 mile league; 2nd 10 mile championship 23.50; 2nd 25 mile 1.00.34; 2nd 2-up 10 mile 22.50; 2nd 10 mile league. Ian Fensom: 1st vet 5 mile +1.59; 1st vet 10 +3.27; 1st vet 25 +8.54; 1st 30 mile 1.14.17; 1st vet 30 mile +11.11; 1st 2 up 10 mile 22.30; 1st 2-up 17 mile 39.09; 2nd 5 mile 11.11; 3rd 10 mile league; 3rd 17 mile league. Adam Ellis: 1st 5 mile 11.59; 1st 10 mile 23.04; 1st 25 mile 57.56; 1st 50 mile 1.56.14; 1st handicap 50 mile; 1st 10 mile league; 2nd handicap 5 mile (11.19). Sarah Plows: 2nd ladies’ 10 mile time trial league. Jake Peel: 2nd U/23 10 mile league.