Harwood claims new course record

Simon Wright on the descent out of Boothby Pagnell in the Spalding Cycling Club Hilly 27-mile Time Trial. Photo: Tim Bryett.
Simon Wright on the descent out of Boothby Pagnell in the Spalding Cycling Club Hilly 27-mile Time Trial. Photo: Tim Bryett.
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Spalding Cycling Club’s first open event of the year, a testing hilly individual time trial over 27 miles, attracted a field of 38 entries from which 34 faced time keepers Sharon Fensom and Jo Bellars.

In her third year of organising this event Claire Thomas had everything well arranged along with favourable weather and none of the roadworks that threatened last year’s event.

The good weather ensured some fast times were posted, most notably from Terry Wright Cycles RT’s Brett Harwood who set a course record of 56:59, taking one minute and one second off Joel Wainman’s 2010 record time of exactly 58:00.

Harwood’s time was one of only two inside the hour – the other being Adam Gascoigne who took second overall in 58:27, just four seconds slower than his 2014 winning time of 58:23.

Neil Palmer of the host club narrowly missed out on getting inside the hour, recording 01:00:10 to finish third for the second year running. He also took the prize for first vet.

The team prize went to a well-drilled Peterborough Cycling Club squad of James Gelthorpe, Jason Burrill and Andrew Cartledge, beating Spalding’s Neil Palmer, Chris Ward and Ed Holliday into second place.

In the ladies event it was Louise Day riding for Team Swift who took first prize – stopping the clock 1:13:47 just one second quicker than her 2014 time! Runner-up Kim Paxton completed the course in 1:17:18.

Other Spalding riders times: Chris Ward 1:02:55, Ed Holliday 1:09:28, Simon Wright 1:15:06 and Gary Bentley with 1:20:59.

Moving from skinny tyres to fat tyres, having completed a long winter of Cyclo Cross some of Spalding’s members have taken their skills onto the MTB racing circuit with success at the Eastern Region MTB XC race series event at Shouldham Warren.

In the under-12 girls race, Emily Richards claimed first place and in the youth female category Megan Kendall took third.

Spalding rider Ben Norton took a very respectable 14th place in the under-12 boys race.

The veteran men’s category featured Spalding CC rider and Go-Ride coach Stewart Elderkin who took 53rd place in his fourth season of racing at Mud Sweat & Gears.

Second claim members Matt Ellis and Jake Norton, riding for Sherwood Pines Cycles SRAM team, had podium places.

Ellis took second in the youth male category while Norton won the juvenile male race in 1:06:48 – a full 15 seconds clear of the second-placed rider.

The Go Ride season for this year led by Chris Peel is now under way having moved to Monday evenings at Castle Sports Centre.