Round two of Spalding Cycling Club’s 10-mile time trial league proved fast and furious.
With sunny, dry conditions and assisted by a good tail-wind on the ride down the Delph, many riders in the 25-strong field posted personal bests – although not all were declared to race officials George Bellars, Sharon Fensom, Nicky Ellis and Jo Bellars.
Topping the results board again was Ben Moore – the only club member inside 23 minutes with a PB ride of 22:45 and 57 seconds faster than Andy Bowser who, after a period of illness, returned to competition with 23:42.
Ross McGivern took third place with a fine 24:46 PB ride.
Equalling his 25:11 set in 2015’s round 11 time trial, Simon Wright finished fourth overall while another PB went to Mark Hills with 25:20.
Fastest lady was Natasha Tooley whose 27:40 time was good enough for eighth overall in the club standings and believed to be a PB.
Sarah Bentley occupied 15th place overall for the second time, managing an equally consistent time just four seconds quicker than the previous week on 29:23.
The ladies podium was completed by Nicole Flatters in another PB time of 33:53.
Katie Wright, although slightly slower than the previous week, finished with 36:48 for another consistent ride.
The under-16s race was always going to be a surprise result.
With Matt Ellis and Jake Norton not present, the way was opened for Will Gurney to top the results board – posting a PB ride of 28:30 – his words after were “quietly pleased”.
Second-placed Matt Hull got inside 29 minutes with 28:54, believed to be a PB.
Sophie Wright’s 32:18 gained her one place in the overall standings, finishing in 17th and third in the under-16s event.
The time recorded by Ed Gurney in his first ‘10’ was a very creditable 37:43.
Derek Chamberlain and Frazer Wallis were separated by just one second with 26:47 and 26:48.
Richard Flatters, who sportingly gave up his ride last time to assist crash victim Josh Wallis, posted 28:08 being chased home hard by Gary Bentley in 28:17.
An improvement of 26 seconds to 28:44 for Barry Drew rewarded him with 12th place with David Thornley just behind on 28:53.
Finishing 16th overall on 29:42, Paul Kendall missed out on equalling his PB time of 29:17 set in 2014 – a great result after almost a year out of competition.
Completing the club members’ results, Bill Wood posted a faster ride time of 34:20.
Although the guest rider numbers were down, times were faster for all with Neil Palmer of Velo-One putting in the fastest time recorded on the night of 22:09 just ahead of Team Swift RT’s Chris Ward, who crossed the line on 22:30.
Bourne Wheelers’ Gareth Richards set himself a new PB of 26:02 while Rex Stamp took a huge 46 seconds off his previous week’s time of 28:30 to finish with 27:44.