Comben continues fine form with first place in Bourne club's time trial
Bourne Wheelers are setting the pace at the top of the Hereward League after defying the elements in the latest round hosted by Fenland Clarion.
Heavy rain and miserable conditions deterred a lot of riders from competing in the third round of the event, but the Wheelers turned out in force to produce a terrific team effort.
Tom Comben was the first Wheeler home in second place and was followed by good performances from riders Vince Shreeve, Chris Kettle, Tim Lister, Phil, Dan and Alex Galpin.
The healthy return has given Wheelers a one point advantage at the top ahead of the next round which is staged by the Bourne club.
The Wheelers held their own 25-mile time trial open event which was raced on the c25/35 course.
The ladies race was won by Emily Richards with Comben continuing his fantastic form to take first place overall in 55mins 7secs.
He was followed by Lister (fifth), Hill (10th), Bryn Richards (13th), Gilbert (16th), Shreeve (17th), G Richards (21st) and W Hill (23rd).
Bourne Wheelers took a first and second place in the Under 16 boys race at the East Midlands Youth Championship at Yarborough, Lincoln.
Bryn Richards managed to break clear early on after a fast start and he was soon joined by Mike Newel (Derby) and then club-mate Alex Galpin who closed the gap to make a three-man break.
These three stayed out in front for the whole race, working well together, and on the last lap they caught and passed the main bunch.
In the sprint to the line Richards led it out but in a photo finish Galpin took the win.
Dan Galpin finished in a strong position in the main bunch to cap an excellent day for the Wheelers.
Emily Richards rode to a creditable fifth place in the Under 16 girls’ race against some older and stronger competitors.
Lister was the only Wheeler to enter the Lincolnshire Road Race Association’s 50-mile time trial on Sunday.
The Association was originally founded in 1912 and promotes a number of events throughout the season covering popular time trial distances offering a county competition for Lincolnshire cyclists.
Lister came fourth in the competition after finishing in 1hr 58min 30secs.
He also headed to Wadenhoe for round six of the Friday night series in his first cross-country mountain bike race.
Despite the heavy rain, Lister managed a respectable seventh place finish from a very strong field.
Will Ewer travelled to Innerleithen in Scotland to compete on the downhill trails in the Bosch Mountain Ebike Championship.
Riding his Giant Trance in the advanced/pro category, he finished in 12th place.
Bourne-based cyclist Antony Gough has made a welcome return to form after an indifferent start to the 2019 season.
Riding for Velo-One Cycling, Gough was competing in the Lincolnshire RRA 50 Mile Time Trial Championship and finished in a time of 1.55.00 in testing conditions which was enough to take the individual title and help his club secure the team prize.
The result was Gough’s seventh individual podium at LRRA Championship events since 2016, but the first time he had managed to take overall honours.
Velo-One, who race to raise awareness of type one Diabetes and the charity JDRF, had five riders taking to the start line for the 50-mile event and secured their 10th LRRA team title since forming just over three years ago.
The victorious Velo-One team also included Matt Elworthy seventh (2.01.22), Graham Wright eighth (2.04.21), Sam Marshall 15th (2.13.37) and Loz Staples 22nd (2.23.03).
Michael Smalley of Witham Wheelers was 12th after returning a time of 2.12.49.