CYCLING: Personal bests, top times and anniversary celebrations
A busy week for Spalding members saw riders enjoying a variety of events.
The time trial saw a smaller than average field as Neil Palmer took the win, followed home by Mark Hills who set another personal best.
Junior member Tristan Bramma was second in the Boston Wheelers Go Ride Racing Series No 7 at Tattershall and the Fenland Clarion Go Ride grass track race.
Probably due to racing on road tyres, he had a nasty crash in the second race - losing his front wheel on the bend, getting ridden over and having one of his wheels removed in the melee!
With a badly buckled and wobbly front wheel, he did well to race again in the final race - coming a very close second.
Tim Lister and James Bramma raced the 25m Nev Crane TT, setting a good time of 56.53 and personal best of 1.03.26.
Josh Wallis took fifth place and Matt Ellis was seventh at the Wallingford Crits. Keiran Buffham finished in the bunch while Frazer Wallis and Adam Ellis punctured and crashed out respectively.
Tilly Gurney had a successful day at the Plomesgate Grass Track event - winning the Devil and the Unknown distance races, also finishing second in the 800m and 5k.
In his first race back after a break for his GCSEs, Tom Wright represented the club in the National Youth Circuit Championships over Scarborough’s tough Olivers Mount Course - ascending the hill seven times in testing conditions and a quality field, finishing comfortably in the main pack.
Having celebrated the club’s 90th anniversary last year, Andrew Gurney, Ross McGivern and Neil Palmer headed over to Staffordshire to celebrate the 70th year of Condor Cycles - the London-based maker that has supplied bikes to GB Olympic teams and riders including Tom Simpson and Bradley Wiggins plus several club members.
About 200 riders took to the hilly roads of Staffordshire and Shropshire on one of two routes to mark this special year, with the Spalding team taking on the longer 70m loop that included some challenging climbs and stunning scenery.
They also got the chance to mix with members of the JLT Condor pro race team, including multiple Olympic medallist Ed Clancy.