Top spot for Ben in first two-up team time trial

Chris Ward claimed personal bests and podium places for 10 and 25-mile time trials
Chris Ward claimed personal bests and podium places for 10 and 25-mile time trials

Unseasonal and windy weather did not deter 24 members and guests of Spalding Cycling Club from taking part in the two-up team time trial.

They welcomed some new riders who chose to make their debut in time trials in this event which for those with little experience and few opportunities to practice or race a team time trial always has a unique appeal.

Often unusual pairings make for an interesting and unpredictable race.

The newly resurfaced road did not seem to have affected times as much as the weather did for the 12 teams who lined up.

The top spot on the night fell to Ben Moore, in his first two-up, and second claim member Matt Ellis with a fine 25:28.

Second place went to Sarah Bentley who partnered with second claim member Jake Norton to finish on 26:49.Bentley’s ride is particularly impressive as she has had few opportunities to race this season.

Third place in the club championship went to Chris Bettinson and Rob Boothman who posted 28:28, a dead heat with Spalding member Kayleigh Adams and guest L Scott.

Other Spalding team times: Derek Chamberlain and Barry Drew 29:15, Rex Stamp and Matt Hull 29:42, Gary Bentley and Natali Tooley – in her first two-up – 31:05.

Spalding’s Mark Hills, partnered with Richard Young of Spalding Tri Club, recorded 28: 09 just one second ahead of Bourne Wheelers father and son duo of Gareth and Bryn Richards.

Last year’s winning team of Neil Palmer and Andy Bowser rode with wives Sarah and Suzy, posting results of 30:39 and 33:42 respectively, in front of Bourne Wheelers’ Chris and Molly Peel with 30:54.

The 10th event in the 10-mile league had one of the smallest fields of the year and again one of the windier nights for the riders to contend with.

Top spot on the night went to the in-form Chris Ward who stormed round in 22:05 with Bowser, who had opted for a change of front wheel, taking second in the league results on 25:26 and Hills third with 27:21.

Other Spalding times: Chamberlain 28:12, Drew 28:27, Tooley 31.08, Geoff Hughes 31:20.

Of the guests a strong showing from Fenland Road Club produced results of 22:29, 23:35 and 26:21 for Jeremy Hargraves, Ian Pike and Ian Fensom while Richard Young of Spalding Tri Club posted 30:48.

Ward and Drew were also in action in Melton Olympic’s 25-mile event on the A46.

From a field of 110 Ward posted an impressive 52:57 to take third place while further back Drew put in a personal best ride of 1:06:34.

These performances were followed up at Alford Wheelers’ 10 at Skegness with both posting PBs – Ward on 20:54 in second overall and second veteran while Drew’s third place on handicap time was earnt with 26:19.