Unexpected evening sees a flurry of personal bests

Mark Hills recorded a fine PB at the 17-mile TT. Photo: Tim Bryett.
Mark Hills recorded a fine PB at the 17-mile TT. Photo: Tim Bryett.

The last 17-mile time trial of Spalding Cycling Club’s season produced a flurry of personal bests on what unexpectedly turned out a fine evening.

A heavy shower before the start threatened to disrupt proceedings for the seven club members and three guests taking part.

Fastest on the night was Chris Ward of Team Swift ,who took just 37 mins 41 secs to complete the course, followed in by Ben Moore in 38:16 and Andy Bowser on 39:00.

Closely separated on time, the usual tussle between Ross McGivern, Simon Wright and Mark Hills continued with their PB rides of 40:19, 41:25 and 42:06, while guest rider Gareth Richards of Bourne Wheelers split the Spalding contingent with 43:34.

Chris Bettinson put in another solid ride to finish with 46:36.

For the ladies, Natasha Tooley recorded 47:53 while Maddie Gammons of RP Vision, recovering after the Women’s Cicle Classic race, didn’t finish.

Last week the club resumed the 10-mile league but, due to resurfacing work, the alternative out and back Pode Hole-South Fen–Pode Hole course was used.

Another fine evening with a difficult head wind on the return leg enabled some fast and very close times to be achieved by the 24 competitors.

The top three spots were occupied by Team Swift’s Chris Ward – the only rider inside 22 minutes with 21:57 - and Velo One’s Neil Palmer 22:09 and Josh Wallis with 22:50.

The finish order of the first five club members had a familiar feel to it being almost the same as that of the previous week’s 17-mile TT, this time with Andy Bowser fastest from Ben Moore in 23:10 and 23:12 respectively.

Ross McGivern and Simon Wright tied on 24:46.

Mark Hills posted a fine 25:13 just ahead of second claim member Matt Ellis, whose 25:21 netted him the win in the under 16 category.

Second place went to Jake Norton, also a second claim member, with 26:08 and third place went to Tom Wright on 30:01. The ladies’ competition had five riders, with Maddie Gammons first in with 27:19, good enough for 11th overall with Natasha Tooley on 29:07 and Sarah Bentley on 30:00.

Helen Wallis and Kimberley Fisher were first time competitors, posting times of 36:33 and 41:18 respectively.

Other times: Frazer Wallis 26:07, Gerry Charlwood 27:10, Barry Drew 28:46, Shane Norton 29:18, Bill Wood 35:30, Ed Gurney 36:10, Velo One’s Adam Ellis 23:49 and Gareth Richards 26:01.

The Grass Track team are busy preparing for a busy schedule of racing at Heckington Show on Saturday, with confidence boosting performances at Sleaford Wheelers Grass Track meet for Tom Wright and Ed Gurney, which included a photo finish sprint win for Tom.