Palmer picks up victory by same margin

Simon Wright, Ross McGivern, Mark Hills, Adam Ellis (holding shield) and Neil Palmer with Ben Moore (front)
Simon Wright, Ross McGivern, Mark Hills, Adam Ellis (holding shield) and Neil Palmer with Ben Moore (front)
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A heavy shower and high wind in the early evening may have prompted some competitors to miss round three of the Hereward League hosted by Spalding Cycling Club.

Those who did turn out were actually greeted by the sun and, although windy, the event was ridden in reasonable conditions.

In all 19 riders lined up for the time keepers but only 17 finished as South Fen Road claimed more victims due to a puncture and a stop to provide assistance.

Overall winner was Neil Palmer in 37:27 with Chris Ward in second on 37:42, both slightly slower than on previous rides on this course but separated by roughly the same margin.

Palmer’s time was 25 seconds quicker than his 2014 winning time.

Jason Burrill (Peterborough) made up the podium, recording 37:50, while Adam Ellis – making a rare appearance at a time trial this year – posted 40:23 for sixth overall and third Spalding rider, clinching the team prize.

Ben Moore put in a slightly slower time of 42:23 but gave Ross McGivern someone to chase as he posted a personal best of 42:43.

Mark Hills finished with 44:57 just off the pace of his previous ride.

Sam Bentley stopped the clock with a fine 45:25 on what is believed to be his first ride as a senior at this distance.

Natali Tooley’s new bike enabled her to improve her PB to 49:03 over a minute quicker.

Chris Bettinson made up the Spalding contingent, putting in a time of 49:33, another PB and showing a real improvement over his 2014 time of 54:14.

Attention switched to the Inter-club 25-mile TT hosted by Bourne Wheelers on the Donington-Osbournby-Quarrington course.

A field of 29 comprising riders from Spalding, Bourne, Sleaford and Boston Wheelers took part.

Top honours went to Palmer whose 54:43 was a significant improvement on the 56:14 he took to win in 2014.

Burrill, riding as a second claim member of Bourne, posted 55:17.

Kayleigh Adams and Tooley – both in their first 25-mile TTs – recorded 1:11:51 and 1:15:19 respectively.

In the team competition it was Spalding who came out on top, posting an aggregate time of 2:51:12 with Palmer, Moore (57:28) and Ellis (59:01) – a fine effort from Moore in his first-ever 25.

Other Spalding times: Simon Wright 1:02:30, McGivern 1:03:16, Hills 1:05:17, Ben Richards 1:06:20.