Big boost for Spalding team

Tilly Gurney takes the 400m sprint win at Heckington
Tilly Gurney takes the 400m sprint win at Heckington
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Resurfacing work forced the cancellation of the return to action in Spalding’s 10-mile time trial league.

However activity continued with three club members travelling to ride in Boston Wheelers’ evening ‘10’.

Despite windy conditions Andy Bowser posted a fine 23:56, Barry Drew finished on 28:31 and Bill Wood recorded 33.17.

Spalding’s Go Riders were as usual, present at Heckington Show on Saturday for the grass track events – a popular event with the show visitors who filled the whole track side.

A new team of mixed ages and experience levels took part – finishing third overall behind Witham Wheelers and Bourne Wheelers.

The team of Jack Bowser, Ben Norton, Ed Gurney, Tom Wright, Sophie Wright and Will Gurney produced fantastic performances.

Posting the second fastest time of the day for the team sprint and a fine win from Tom Wright in the boys category C/D/E sprint event is a much-needed confidence boost for the team ahead of the Mildenhall weekend in August.

In the senior events a welcome return to the grass saw Will Hare ride well against strong and experienced teams including national champions in some very fast and furious racing.

Spalding’s second claim riders have been equally busy with Jake Norton, riding for Sherwood Pines SRAM RT, enjoying a string of good results in a very successful summer MTB season.

The most recent of these came at the MTB XC National Championships on the highly technical Olympic MTB course at Hadleigh Park.

Competing in the juvenile men’s race within a field of 31 and, despite crashing and the delay after checking the bike, Norton remounted and rode to finish seventh overall in a time of 59:48 and best finisher of his team.

On both hard and grass track, Tilly Gurney – riding out the rest of her final season in the Shutt Velo team colours – continued her successful season with more podium places, this time with two wins and a second place in events at Scunthorpe.

Switching to grass at Heckington Show and with dispensation to ride among the seniors, Gurney wasted no time in showing her skills, especially in the short distance events, and justifying her inclusion at that level by some determined and brave racing.

Riding off a handicap of 20 metres in the 400m sprint, she stayed at the head of the race – taking a convincing win of several bike lengths from in-form and highly-experienced Henrietta Colbourne who just managed to stay clear of the main field.