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Five go on a coastal adventure




Spalding Cycling Club’s time trial season has been somewhat varied weather-wise and the latest brought a downpour prior to the start, with riders being caught in it while warming up.

Twenty three riders started and this week they all managed to finish,with the top three taking on a familiar look.

Josh Wallis was first, keeping Chris Ward at bay, and Neil Palmer third ahead of Andy Bowser,who recorded an excellent time of 22:37.

Chris Bettinson, Andy Bowser, Neil Palmer, Rob Mcalinden and Gareth Richards travelled north to take on one of the Coast to Coast rides.(41270478)
Chris Bettinson, Andy Bowser, Neil Palmer, Rob Mcalinden and Gareth Richards travelled north to take on one of the Coast to Coast rides.    (41270478)

Close behind the “young pretenders,” Brynn Richards and Thomas Wright were split by Matt Ellis, with only 21 seconds covering fourth tosixth place.

• On Saturday Chris Ward travelled to Six Mile Bottom, south east of Cambridge, to compete in the East Anglia Veteran Time Trials Association 10mile TT, on a fast, straight out and back E2/10 course.

Saturday was an extremely blustery day and riding into the head wind was quite a battle. Despite the conditions, Chris, who has been showing good form since racing came back on the calendar, clocked a very good 21:34.

Nigel Howard at the start of his Time Trial with a clue to what had just happened weather wise. (41270476)
Nigel Howard at the start of his Time Trial with a clue to what had just happened weather wise. (41270476)

• For five of the club’s riders –Chris Bettinson, Andy Bowser, Neil Palmer, Rob Mcalinden and Gareth Richards – social riding took on another meaning when they travelled north to take on one of the Coast to Coast rides.

They chose the route from Barrow on Solway to South Shields near Newcastle.

Not content with just cycling west to east, they chose to park up at Hexham in Northumberland and cycle west to the start at Barrow and back east to Hexham, a mammoth 118 miles with over 6,000 feet of climbing. This left them a shorter section the next day.

Again, they did it the hard way, cycling to South Sheilds and then back to Hexham to their transport.

Just one of the great views enjoyed on the Woodhall ride; Bluestone Heathe Ridge Road. (41270474)
Just one of the great views enjoyed on the Woodhall ride; Bluestone Heathe Ridge Road. (41270474)

Although it was shorter, Chris Bettinson remarked: “Leg two threw everything at us – rain, mud, gravel, cycle paths, navigation, ferry ride, grass banks and punctures, but we made it with some great people”

• Thursday was a magnificent day for cycling despite the fact the wind got up later on.Two groups got out for rides. One rode a 63mile loop to Wymondham Windmill while a second drove to Woodhall Spa to ride a 50mile loop in the Wolds.



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