A busy week for Spalding Cycling Club’s members in three different races produced a new title award for Sarah Bentley and a crop of personal bests.
A team of five entered the LRRA 10 Mile Time Trial Championship on the fast Ulcelby to Gunby course.
Having won the team award in 2015, expectations for good results were high so Spalding were happy to be rewarded with three PBs and a season’s best time of 27:15 which enabled Bentley to take the ladies award.
Fastest on the day was Ben Moore, who finished with 22:05 – 40 seconds quicker than the PB set recently on Spalding’s course.
Carrying good form onto the shorter distance after stunning 25-mile rides at Wisbech, Andy Bowser crossed the line on 22:25 – a clear one minute 19 seconds quicker than his PB.
Ross McGivern’s 23:44 was his first sub 24-minute race time and a minute quicker than his previous best.
Just a few seconds off his 2015 LRRA 10 time of 23:31 Simon Wright completed his ride with 23:50 while Barry Drew, who had posted 26:58 in 2015, improved to a PB time of 26:15.
With no club event scheduled, four travelled to Boston Wheelers’ evening Club 10.
A cold evening with a head wind on the return leg still produced fast times with Bowser first Spalding rider home in 23:39, while McGivern posted 24 minutes.
Mark Hills recorded 26:59 and Dave Thornley made up the team results with 28:49 – believed to be a PB.
Bourne Wheelers’ Hereward League event using the fast, undulating, Aslackby course was shortened to 7.9 miles.
The full course usually produces fast times and the shortened course was just as good.
The top four overall on the night was exactly the same as that from the Peterborough round.
First in for Spalding was McGivern – the only one inside 19 minutes, averaging 25.1mph to post 18:57 and 12th overall.
Simon Wright’s time of 19:36 made him the only other Spalding rider inside the top 20 overall.
Separated by just one second Chris Bettinson and Gary Bentley posted more solid results with 21:53 and 21:54.
Of the club’s lady members Bentley was quickest on 22:07 and Natalie Tooley – riding this course for the first time – came in on 22:14.
Tom Wright put in another fine ride of 23:22 which was 1:03 faster than his predicted time for the race.