Palmer is star man with new course record

Neil Palmer
Neil Palmer

An evening deemed as too windy to be fast by some of the 18 club members and eight guest riders who turned out for round three of Spalding Cycling Club’s 10-mile time trial league produced some surprising results.

A strong tail wind that pushed the riders down the Delph was more of a benefit to the late starters while those who had started early had more of a struggle into a cross wind.

The top three finishers took full advantage of the conditions with Andy Bowser in third with a fine 23.54 clipping 21 seconds off his personal best set in round one.

Chris Ward occupied his usual second spot, crossing the line in a new PB of 22.14, a full 13 seconds faster than his 22.37 from round one.

Neil Palmer stole the show, though, setting both a new PB and course record at the same time with a spectacular 21.45.

This is the sort of time that is usual for the dual carriageway course so given the testing nature of this course, which with 10 turns over the distance means a lot of braking and accelerating, it could be some time before it is bettered.

The last two rounds have seen Ben Moore and Simon Wright filling fourth and fifth places but with both absent it was Jake Norton who took another 22 seconds off last week’s time to finish first under-16 and fourth overall in an outstanding time of 26.24 and this is believed to be a PB.

Of the club members Mark Hills was the other confirmed PB of the night, getting inside 27 minutes for the first time in 26.58.

Guest riders Gareth and Bryn Richards (U16) both got personal bests in 26.37 and 28.26.

Of the ladies, regular guest rider Louise Day took 56 seconds off her round two ride to finish with 27.07 while Sophie Wright flew the club flag for the under-16s, improving her previous times to 31.34 just eight seconds ahead of her brother Tom.

Not content with dominating the league individual events Palmer and Ward continue their successful 2-up team time trial partnership as well.

In 2013 at the Sleaford LRRA 2-up 30km time trial they finished second in 35.32 just 10 seconds down on the winning time.

This year, despite difficult traffic conditions which affected the race, they were on the top step of the podium – taking the win in 39.56 by beating off class competition from Rich Walker and Rich Robinson of Scunthorpe Poly CC and Ian Russell and Alex Colman of Arrow Cycles RT. These teams tied for second place overall in 40.37.

Spalding Velo Prix is the focus of attention for the club on Bank Holiday weekend with a variety of events and activities for everyone. Full details can be found on the club website