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Cycle club members enjoy Cyclocross meeting

Spalding Cycling Club's regular club cyclocross stalwarts took part in the Lincs Cross League round five at South Ormsby.

Hosted by Alford Wheelers, conditions were heavy showers to start the day, with sunny spells later on, meaning a muddy course for the Vets race, which required plenty of handling skills and saw a few tumbles and non-finishers.

The course was challenging but enjoyed by all Spalding riders, especially as the race progressed.

James Bramma came 35/74 in the vets overall and 25/38 in his 40-49 age category, Chris Bettinson 55th overall and 16/23 in age category 50-59, Gary Bentley 65th and 8/10 in age category 60+. In the U9s, Tristan Bramma made the podium again, coming in 3rd out of 20.

Round six was hosted by Lincoln Wheelers and overall was the biggest turnout so far, with 103 taking part in the veterans race, resulting in a Formula 1-style hold-up on the first corner.

Tom Wright in action. (5242612)
Tom Wright in action. (5242612)

Spalding results were James Bramma 54th (37th in age group), Chris Bettinson 84th (26th in age group) and Gary 99th (16th in age group). Unfortunately, Rob McAlinden, at a time when he was going well, took a tumble on a slippery descent and did not finish. In the U9s, Tristan Bramma came an excellent 5th out of 37 riders.

The juniors feature in the same race as senior and veteran ladies and Tom Wright, showing real consistency again, put in a sterling performance taking 2nd junior and 2nd overall out of 30.

The Lincolnshire Road Race Association has announced the winners of its prestigious BAR awards. BAR stands for Best All Rounder and is the added average speeds over 10, 25, 30 and 50 LRRA Time Trials (unfortunately there was no 50 this year).

Long distance BAR is over 25-, 50-, 100- and 12-hour events. The 100 and 12h were non-Lincs events and had to be claimed. Congratulations have to go out to the Spalding clubmen Tim Lister, Neil Palmer, Josh Wallis and Matt Ellis, who recorded top three finishes and in addition, Lister, Palmer, and Wallis grabbed the team prize for the 25-mile distance. Palmer had an exceptional season that gave him the Long Distance BAR, breaking long-standing Spalding club records on the way.

After his successes in the summer, Neil Palmer has started to branch out into duathlon racing and took part in the Rockingham Duathlon. The event took place at the Rockingham car racing circuit, where a number of Spalding riders rode the summer Criterium races.

The circuit is sadly going to be demolished and this was the last event to be held there. It has the reputation of being one of the fastest UK courses and on the day for someone doing only his second duathlon, Neil put in a stunning performance to take 7th overall and 2nd in his age group, 40-49. As a cyclist, he is determined to work on his running, as the faster runners completed the 10km in 5:30 compared to his to his 6:58. Lost time was pulled back on the 39km ride and he then found the final 6km run the toughest part.

The short Indian summer has given the midweek riders a chance to enjoy a number of rides in quite pleasant conditions, to Little Bytham, Baston to Uppingham and Ferry Meadows. Anyone interested in joining one of these rides can contact Barry Drew on 01775 724969.

Earlier in the year, Barry Drew started what might hopefully become something of a tradition, particularly with the social riders, by organising a 70-mile ride for his 70th. Since then, Keith Seaton has ridden 79 for his 79th and last Monday, Mick Griffin organised a 72-mile ride to Wymondham Windmill for his 72nd. On November 15, one of the club’s lady members, Sarah Palmer, is organising a ride for a special birthday but, being polite, we won’t reveal the distance.

The Saturday, riders have been able to get several rides in over the last fortnight - a somewhat wet ride to Swineshead and last Saturday, a very windy ride to Thorney. All the rides enjoy a cafe stop and the distances are tailored to suit anyone not used to really long distance rides, usually no further than 40 miles.

The club is always happy to see newcomers come along and give the rides a try - we have a policy that no one will get left behind. Rides are posted on the Spalding Cycling Club Facebook page.


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