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CYCLING: Trophy time for Spalding

Neil Palmer, Josh Wallis, and Keiran Buffham receiving the shield from organise Sarah Bentley.
Neil Palmer, Josh Wallis, and Keiran Buffham receiving the shield from organise Sarah Bentley.

Spalding regained the inter-club 25-mile TT trophy on the A15/A52 Silk Willoughby to Donington course.

The times for the three fastest riders for each separate club are added up and the club with the fastest time wins the title.

It was a near perfect night for time trialling with a field of 23 featuring nine Spalding riders, 11 from Sleaford, one representing Bourne and three guests.

Josh Wallis, again in stunning form, took top spot in 53:12.

Richard Hamblin of Sleaford took second in 54:54 ahead of Ben Moore (55:27) and Neil Palmer (55:36).

The combined time (2:45:38 of the three Spalding riders pipped Sleaford at 3:03:58.

Seven Spalding riders raced in the Doncaster Criterion town centre races.

These are split into different categories and riders are placed on their previous race records.

In the Category Four race which had 43 starters, Andy Bowser finished in the middle of the leading bunch coming 11th and Chris Bettinson 34th.

Adam Ellis came eighth in Category Three while Moore was 10th.

Frazer Wallis put in another hard-working performance, leading the second bunch for several laps and then making a solo break to secure 12th spot.

Keiran Buffham crashed on the penultimate lap due to a chain coming off.

The big race of the day was Category One consisting of a professional standard of riders which included the 2017 champion Graham Briggs who rides for UCI team JLT Condor.

Wallis led on a number of occasions, finishing in seventh spot as Briggs took fourth.

The race was won by the current national champion Tom Piddock but only by a few seconds.

Tilly Gurney took part in the National Paracycling T T and Road Race Championships in Essex. She was there as tandem pilot for Laura Cluxton from Scotland and they secured fourth place against male tandem riders.

Saturday saw Barry Drew (Spalding) and Chris Ward (Team Swift) head to Melton Mowbray for the Leicester Forest 25 TT on the A46.

Drew had a disappointing time of 1:10:50 - finishing in 66th place - while Ward rode 55:59.

James Gelsthorpe, riding for Velo-One, won in 51:40.

On the social front, the midweek riders took an enjoyable route of around 60 miles to Heckington via Ingoldsby and Oasby and returning via Billingborough and Sempringham.

Twelve riders joined the Saturday Club ride which took a 45-mile loop out to the west side of Boston.

Sunday saw a special social ride to celebrate the completion of Ross McGivern’s Open University degree. They had a trip to Wymondham Windmill near Melton Mowbray.

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