Ward and Palmer continue to impress

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With the Time Trial League season drawing to a close and the last two counting races in the 10-mile league now completed, tonight’s Spalding Cycling Club 10-mile championship is shaping up to be a close race.

Race 11 was ridden in very windy conditions with Chris Ward taking the honours in 23:49.

Given the unusually busy traffic conditions it was a fine ride as he was just 26 seconds slower than the previous week and was well clear of Andy Bowser (25:16) and Simon Wright (25:42).

Sam Bentley was next home in 27:02 to take the Under-18 award while Jake Norton chased hard to take the Under-16 win in 27:39.

In the Under-16 girls race top spot went to Tilly Gurney in 32:27 and runner-up was Sophie Wright in 33.34.

For race 12, held in kinder conditions, Neil Palmer returned to win in 22:52 with Ward second in 23:26.

Aimee Stocker led the women home, finishing ninth overall in 26:54.

Sam Bentley (25:27) was the only Under-18 in action while the quickest Under-16 was Tom Wright – in only his third time trial – in 31:57

Ward finished sixth overall, and third veteran, in the Alford Wheelers 10 in 23:39 with Barry Drew finished 22nd and third on handicap in 28:17.

Drew was then eighth and first Over-60 in the King’s Lynn Open 25-mile time trial in 71:08.