A TEAM of riders from Velo Club Rutland took three of the top four places in the 50km NCRA Handicap cycle road race at Sawtry last Tuesday.
The handicap format means riders’ start times are staggered but the potential for a large bunch sprint finish is always on the cards. And although all three of the VCR riders set off in the second group, they had soon caught the first group, who had a four minute advantage at the start.
This combined group managed to stay ahead of a faster third group of riders behind, putting in a great effort to hold them off.
In the end it came down to a 12-man sprint for the line with Gary Wallis of Oakham taking the spoils for VCR in a time of 1hr 16min 8 sec. Fellow Velo Club riders Jack Frisby and Jonny Lloyd, also of Oakham finished second and fourth respectively with Tim Pennell of St Neots CC taking third place to spoil a perfect result for the Rutland club.
It was a strong ride from the VCR riders, with each of them doing a good amount of work at the front for a well-deserved result.
At one stage Frisby made a break, which many in the group thought he would hold to the end.
In support of the Staystrong campaign, Gary dedicated his win to Stephen Murray, a talented BMX rider who suffered paralysis as the result of an accident. He pledged his prize money to the charity.
l VCR rider Helen Eborall of Oakham has had a fantastic start to the time trial season with some impressive results.
On June 5, Helen finished an impressive 15th place in the National 25 mile time trial championships on a hilly course in Devon. She has also been first lady in several open time trial events this season, most notably the Nottingham Clarion 50 mile TT in a time of 2hrs 9min 44sec and the Fenland Clarion 10 in 25min 7sec.