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Time for a little break for the cyclists. (2099965)
Time for a little break for the cyclists. (2099965)

Due to the closure of the Spalding-Baston Road, Spalding Cycling Club had to switch its regular Tuesday night-time trial to an alternative course on the B1037 Spalding to Crowland Road.

The course started at Decoy Farm near Crowland and headed to the Spalding roundabout then back to Decoy Farm.

It was a near perfect night with sunshine and not too strong a breeze.

The course runs approximately north to south, which meant the NE breeze was more a side wind in both directions.

The result was a number of personal best times. Josh Wallis took top spot with a 20.38 (PB). Neil Palmer upped his game from previous weeks to take second in 21.30, pushing promising youth Matt Ellis into third in 21.41 (PB).

Other times were Tim Lister 21.59 4, Kieran Buffham 22.08 (PB) 5, Andy Bowser 22.52 6, Adam Ellis 23.02 7, Mark Hills 24.42 (PB) 8, Andrew Gurney 24.55 9, James Bramma 25.34 (PB) 10, Rob McAlinden 26.19 (PB) 11, Barry Drew 28.50 12, Ben Cleghorn 29.37 (PB) 13, David Thornley 30.09 14, Brian Johnson 30.16 (PB) 15, Keith Seaton 33.22 16, competing in his first TT at the age of 78!

Guest Riders were Earl Taylor Velo One 22.47, Rob Wilkinson 24.06, Mark Booth Kettering 24.08, Maddie Gammons NJC Biemme Echelon 24.22, Ian Fensom Fenland RC 24.57, Luis Maino 27.12.

The weekday social riders on Monday took a 48-mile loop to Great Casterton Garden Centre and on Thursday a slightly longer ride of 61 miles to Whitwell.

These rides tend to be at around 15mph average and operate a â donâ t leave anyone behindâ policy and always include a cafe stop.

Any newcomers to the area who fancy trying out a ride are welcome to contact Barry Drew on 01775 724969 or 07837 838082.

The Saturday riders took a visit to The March Hare at Corby Glen and these tend to be around the 40-mile distance and not too fast and operating a no-drop policy.

They usually leave from outside Gibbons Cycles in Winsover Road at 9am. Details are available on the club Facebook page.

On Thursday evening, Tim Lister kept up his good form competing as a guest rider in the Sleaford Wheelers 10 TT and finishing in the third fastest time - 22:01.

Andy Bowser, Frazer Wallis and Chris Bettinson competed at the Rockingham Circuit Races in the cat 4 group riding approx 24 miles in 57 min.

They were caught after 20 minutes by the category 2 group, who to quote Chris were â mucho rapidoâ and finished in the bunch. Josh Wallis rode in the cat 2 group and was unable to keep with two breakaway riders but won the bunch sprint to finish 3rd.

Sunday saw a flurry of activity. Six riders competed in the Lincs Road Race Association 10 TT at Gunby near Skegness, which had an amazing 112 entrants.

The course was undulating with a couple of long drags and a SE breeze which meant it was a quick five miles out, but harder coming back into the breeze.

Times were Neil Palmer 21:08, Lister 21:57, Matt Ellis (junior rider) 21:45 showing father Adam 22:34, a clean pair of heels. Mark Hills 24:48 and Barry Drew a satisfying 26:55.

Chris Ward, who currently rides for Team Swift, finished in 21:51, which followed on from a course personal best of 52:39 in the Notts & East Mids. Veterans Association 25 TT on Saturday.

Chris Bettinson took part in the Velo 99 Masters Road Race. He was in the leading group of five that tried several breakaways but ended up being blocked in the
final sprint.

Despite this he finished an excellent 8th, completing the 30 miles in 1:21:00.

Club members Keiran Buffham and Josh Wallis competed in the East Mids. Road Race league 4 representing their Active Edge Race Team on a 70-mile course with around 2,800 ft. of elevation, Keiran finished with a PB of 2:45:00.. Unfortunately with two laps to go a rider collided with Josh knocking his back wheel out. Despite fixing the problem he never managed to catch the leaders but finished 2:42:00.


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