CYCLING: Sarah sets the pace at 50-mile time trial

SOCIAL TIME: A break during one of the Saturday club runs organised by Alan Stacey. Photo: Chris Bettinson
SOCIAL TIME: A break during one of the Saturday club runs organised by Alan Stacey. Photo: Chris Bettinson
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Stepping up from the more usual 10-mile time trial distance to the 50-mile Lincolnshire Road Riding Association championship event proved no problem to four members of Spalding Cycling Club who recorded surprisingly close finish times to each other.

The fast C50/2 course based mainly on the A52 produced the usual crop of fast times with Arrow Cycles’ Alex Colman taking top spot with a time of 1:49:35 and former Spalding member Neil Palmer, riding for Velo-One, second in 1:53:56.

Enjoying a fantastic season, Spalding’s Sarah Bentley was fastest lady in the event – posting a time of 2:28:15 and 40th place overall.

Ross McGivern’s first ride at the distance earned him 15th place overall with a personal best of 2:09:05.

Simon Wright put in a strong ride to stop the clock on 2:15:30 and take 25th overall.

Barry Drew, who had entered but was unable to start the 2015 event, made up for it this year by returning in 2:28:02 – finishing just one place ahead of Bentley.

These times are indications that the forthcoming interclub 25 and the start of the club 17-mile TT league races will have some serious contenders.

Meanwhile, McGivern headed to Witham Wheelers’ 10 and just sneaked in under 24 minutes with 23:57 but the next day at Ely was slower – finishing with 24:38 while Drew made it back in 27:28.

Away from time trialling, the Saturday club runs organised by Alan Stacey are continuing along with regular ladies rides hosted by Bentley and for youngsters, monthly Go Ride sessions led by Stewart Elderkin.

While the Saturday rides are usually ridden out from town, car-assisted rides to different areas are popular.

Recently three groups headed off to ride the old railway route from Boston to Lincoln.

One group covered 37 miles by starting and finishing at Woodhall Spa as the second started at Boston, covering 65 miles, and a few rode the full distance of 85 miles.

Planning is now going ahead for more rides of this type.

The club will again have a stand at Spalding Grammar School’s fete on July 2 and hope to be offering steady paced leisure rides of eight to 15 miles to visitors.