This week saw Wheelers riders all over Scotland and the North East of England.
At the Club time trial on Thursday 17 riders turned up to take part in the first of the season’s three 25 mile races. Six riders attempted the distance for the first time.
The talk before the start was of tough conditions out to the turn and an easier ride back. That was no exaggeration and everyone found it extremely hard going.
Doug Slater took the honours in 1:03:24 closely followed by Steve Rowley on 1:03:32 and Doug Robertson taking third on 1:04:30. New club members Andy Waring and Chris Cowe posted cracking times with 1:06:39 and 1:10:12 respectively; Andy taking 4th overall.
Lower down the field new club members Ian Russell and Ian Forsyth had a mere seven seconds separating them.
Seven ladies turned up with Joyce Mark taking the honours in a time of1:12:06 closely followed by Wanda Jane Field who is on great form with only two weeks to go until she is off to compete in the Challenge Rimini Half Ironman on May 24. Third place for the ladies went to Alison Kerr, who is also coming back into form this season.
On the same evening three riders raced at the Edinburgh RC crits at Ingleston showground. In the fourth category races Dom Blythe narrowly missed out on a top ten ride in 11th and Neil Wilson was unlucky to be brought off by another rider when in a leading group of 12 riders.
Andrew Scorey followed up his last week’s win by taking the sprint for third place in the main race, after two riders had escaped the field early on. Despite Andrew making many attempts to pull them back it wasn’t to be, as knowing of Andrews fast finish none of the other riders were willing to help him close the gap.
Saturday saw Andrew Scorey and Andy Waring in the British Eagle road race near Haddington. Andy found himself on the receiving end of some misfortune with a puncture and a cracked carbon rim forcing him to retire. Andrew placed 16th at the finish.
Andrew was at it again the next day at the Nissan crits near Sunderland, riding in the main race, with only elite and 1st category riders around him, he finished an excellent sixth and first 2nd cat home.
Neil and Dom rode the 81 mile Etape Caledonia on the same day in Highland Perthshire, alongside Jim Blythe. All three riders turned out good times despite the inclement weather - Neil 3hr 57 mins, Dom 4hrs 1 min and Jim 4 hrs 49 mins, with Neil placing 111th out of over 5000 entries.
Finally, seven more riders took part in the Burma road Audax over 60 miles and over 6000ft of climbing into the depths of Northumberland and the Otterburn ranges - Gill Caine, Alison Kerr, Lisa Sinton, Joan Nisbet, Michelle Higfield, Malcolm Wright and Wanda Field all completed the ride.
Next week we are back to the 10 mile course for the Club 10 Championship & Round 2 in the Points League.
There are always some spaces reserved for new members to come along on the night and take part.