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Spalding Cycling Club racers finish in top ten at Leicester and Oundle races




Spalding Cycling Club members have taken advantage of improved weather conditions and been out on the road across the region.

Returning club rider Chris Ward started his second spell with full racing member status at Leicester Riding Club's ten-mile time trial.

Ward clocked 23:11, averaging 26.2 mph on the Six Hill course, good enough for a top ten spot.

Frazer Wallis rode in round one of the NCRA Handicap Road Race.
Frazer Wallis rode in round one of the NCRA Handicap Road Race.

Four Spalding riders competed in the first round of the NCRA (Northants Cycle Racing Association) Handicap Road Race at Southwick, near Oundle.

This involved five laps of a 5.5 mile course, including an ascent of Southwick Hill five times, equivalent to more than 100ft of climbing.

Six groups set off at one-minute intervals, based on handicap times, with Spalding's Simon Wright in group three, Rob McAlinden and Frazer Wallis in group five, while Kieran Buffham lined up in the fastest group six.

Simon Wright took part in the first round of the NCRA Handicap Road Race. (31714940)
Simon Wright took part in the first round of the NCRA Handicap Road Race. (31714940)

Wright finished in 1:30:00, an improvement on his equivalent ride last year.

However, McAlinden only completed 5.9 miles before a mechanical breakdown forced him to withdraw.

Wallis put in a strong ride in his group, but the pick of the four rider was Buffham who forced the pace in group six, eventually finishing sixth overall.

Six Spalding riders entered Boston Wheelers' Reliability Ride,with a choice of 34 and 50-mile courses starting and ending in Kirton.

Spalding CC's Saturday rides got under way, with two groups out on a leisurely ride averaging about 14 mph along a 45-mile round route to Stamford and Marholm.

There was also a quicker group whose aimed for an average speed of 16/17 mph over a 45-mile round route to Little Bytham.


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