Home success in time trial contest

Prizewinners and judges at the Tour de France-themed Go Ride day run by Spalding Cycling Club.  Photo by Tim Bryett.
Prizewinners and judges at the Tour de France-themed Go Ride day run by Spalding Cycling Club. Photo by Tim Bryett.
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Spalding Cycling Club made the most of a bye week in the Club Time Trial League by hosting an inter-club event in Donington.

More than 30 riders raced each other against the clock in perfect weather conditions over a 25-mile course on the A52.

Andrew Gurney rides in the interclub 25-mile time trial event in Donington.

Andrew Gurney rides in the interclub 25-mile time trial event in Donington.

Entrants included riders from Sleaford Wheelers who helped in organising the event alongside Spalding’s racing secretary Sarah Bentley, Harry Bellars, Gary Bentley and timekeepers Sharon Fensom, Nicky Ellis and Jo Bellars.

Some fast times were posted throughout the event as riders were marshalled round the course by James Avery, Brian Johnson, Katie Butler, Peter Hull and Chris Bettinson.

The time trial took place under the rules which saw the times of the top three riders from each club added together to determine the winners.

In the end, Spalding finished on 178:00 minutes and narrowly ahead of Bourne Wheelers (179:43 minutes), with Sleaford Wheelers (181:13) just 31 seconds faster than Boston Wheelers (181:44).

Sarah Bentley competes at the National 100 Mile Championships at Swaffham.

Sarah Bentley competes at the National 100 Mile Championships at Swaffham.

Spalding’s Neil Palmer took the Category A individual prize with a time of 56:11, the fastest time on the night and a personal best. Mark Robinson of Bourne took the Category B prize and Sleaford’s David Smith won the Category C award.

Another Sleaford rider, Kate Smith, was the leading woman and Spalding’s Sam Bentley came first in the 
under-18 category.

Times for other Spalding riders were Chris Ward 59:13, Andrew Gurney 62:36 (the consistently inproving third rider for Spalding in the team classification), Sam Bentley 63:12, Simon Wright 65:31, Derek Chamberlain 67:15, Ross McGivern 69:28, Mark Hills 75:46 and Barry Drew 78:04.

McGivern and Hills’ times should be seen in context as it was the pair’s first-ever 25-mile time trial.

Meanwhile, Sarah Bentley was in action at the National 100 Mile Championships in Swaffham.

Bentley covered the course in 5hrs 18mins 40secs, averaging a speed of just under 19mph to finish 13th in what was a fantastic ride for someone who often sacrifices competing in club league events in favour of organising safe rides for others.

Finally. the next generation of cyclists from Spalding, Bourne and Boston met at Memorial Field, Spalding, for the latest Go Ride even for young riders.

The event was organised by the club’s Go Ride cordinator Chris Peel and Megan Kendall, one of British Cycling’s Young Volunteers, and adopted a Tour de France theme in giving out yellow, green and polka dot T-shirts and certificates to the rider.

Riders tackled a number of challenges which included eating and drinking while cycling over a slalom course, picking up bottles and baguettes at one end of a couse and dropping them off in baskets, as well as bike handling skills at low speeds.

Kendall was joined in judging the event by Sophie Wright, Tilly Gurney and Sam Bentley, while Jo Kendall and Kate Peel kept the scores and handled all administrative duties.

Go Ride reached an exciting climax with a series of short races for all age groups taking part, organised by Peel and with refreshments prepared by Katie Wright and Jenny Neilson.

The club’s next Go Ride event is at Castle Sports Complex playing field, off Albion Street, Spalding, on Saturday August 2 at 10am.

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