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CYCLING: Matt's up for the challenge

A couple of years ago to add some variety to the normal Tuesday night time trials, Spalding introduced ‘The Drop Bar Challenge’.

This takes place over the same 10-mile Pode Hole course but it goes back to the old days as they are only allowed to ride drop handle bar bikes, no deep rimmed wheels or disk wheels, and no aero helmets.

There were a number of absentees, mainly the faster riders – including previous winner Ben Moore.

Matt Ellis seized his opportunity, having already proved in a previous TT where he raced on his road bike how quick he could be.

On a night described by one rider as “a tad blowy”, he finished in 25:47.

Tom Wright took second spot in 27:09, despite a lack of training due to exam pressure.

Other times: Andrew Gurney 29:08, Simon Wright 29:50, James Bramma 30:02, Ben Cleghorn 32:37, Brian Johnson 35:58.

Long-serving member Bill Wood finished in 39:22 and Adrian Thurston, who has not ridden for some time due to illness, clocked 40:10.

Guest rider and former club member Ian Fensom finished in 26:57, a time that would have taken second spot.

Meanwhile, eight-year-old Tristan Bramma competed in the Yarborough Circuit Racing League hosted by Lincoln Wheelers.

It was a five-lap, one-mile race on tarmac only having ridden cyclo-cross races on grass before. He came sixth out of 14 in the go ride boys category.

He also finished second in a field of 11 in the under-10 section in the two event Fenland Clarion Go Ride Cross races.

Ellis, Josh Wallis and Kieran Buffham competed in the East Midlands Road Race event three on a tough 62.5-mile course which included six times up a steep finishing climb.

Ellis took 10th spot, Wallis was 20th and Buffham finished in the bunch.

Spalding’s Chris Ward, who currently rides for Team Swift, took 11th spot out of a field of 69 in 1:08:38 (average 26.2mph) in the Vets Time

Trial Association National Championships 25-mile TT in Kent. This also gave him seventh vet on standard time.

He followed this up in the Vets National 10-mile at Tring.

In a temperature of 28 degrees and with a light breeze, he made a top 15 spot in a field of 150 in a time of 19:22 – his first-ever 30mph average for a 10 TT.

The club’s midweek social riders took a 46-mile route via Billingborough, Irnham, Swinstead to Little Bytham for the cafe stop and back along the Baston Straight.

Wallis, Matt Ellis and Adam Ellis went to the Rockingham Circuit in the Category 2/3/4 Scratch race.

They joined a break after 20 minutes and, working hard together, almost lapped the rest.

Wallis outsprinted Matt at the finish as they took first and second respectively with Adam finishing in the bunch.

While the Saturday club ride was taking a leisurely 30-mile ride, Chris Bettinson was punishing himself in the Lincoln GP Sportive.

On a course that was 105 miles and with 4346ft of climbing, he managed an 17.7mph average speed, taking 6:05:00.

Five riders took part in the Bourne Wheelers 10-mile TT.

In a field of 46 riders, Neil Palmer was first veteran in 21:39 and Wallis took fourth spot in a personal best of 20:40.

Other times: Matt Ellis 21:56, Adam Ellis 23:36, Frazer Wallis 24:46.

There was not an official prize but Spalding came out top team with their three fastest riders in 64:15.

Matt Ellis
Matt Ellis

Palmer, Andy Bowser, Mark Hills and Bettinson took a special trip to Quillan in the French Pyrenees.

They where hosted by former Peterborough Cycling Club member Steve Wood.

Palmer completed two challenging 100-mile rides with thousands of feet of climbing.

The other members did a series of shorter rides but one had to be curtailed after 50 miles due to a storm.

ARB Cycling Club of Quillan brought forward their regular 10-mile TT and Palmer took first spot in 22 minutes, breaking their club record by 19 seconds.

Bowser and Hills, riding road bikes, finished in 24 and 28 minutes respectively while Bettinson volunteered as pusher off.

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