Close finish predicted for Wheelers in Handicap League

WITH just three handicap league races to go it’s going to be a pulsating finish to the season-long tussle at the top of the table.

Warm dry weather again greeted the riders on the Fishwick course towards Swinton. The great turn outs continued with no less than 17 signing on to race.

The action got underway even before the first rider off with two riders puncturing on their way to the race, Dougie Robertson didn’t even get to sign on, he had a flat on his way to the race from his home in Chirnside, Joyce Mark was even more unlucky with a puncture literally as she waited for her turn at the start area and simply had to stand aside and watch the other riders race off into the distance, frustrating, as she had a spare wheel at the finish some 2 miles away but not enough time to get it!

The event, once finally underway, was not as fast a night as anticipated as the southerly breeze against the racers on their way to the turn managed to ease off on the return giving very little or no advantage on the way back.

Fast man Harry Armstrong once again proved quickest in 22.11 Steve Rowley took second in 23.04 and Chris Isats third in 23.41 a great time for Chris considering he wasn’t racing on his time trial bike, having only realised he would be able to make the race late in the day due to an early finish at work and then only having his road bike to hand.

The Handicap League points were much more closely contested with Brian Lindsay producing the ride of the night for his fastest time on either club course for 23.51 and 10 points, followed by Steve Rowley and Neil Wilson who was just a further second back off second place, again with his fastest ride on either club course. The league table now gets very interesting with only the best 6 events from 8 counting for each rider, Neil leads with 37.5 points, Harry Armstrong in second with 30.5 and Tim Caine third on 28.5, but due to the 6 from 8 system it looks like Neil will be scrapping it out with four other riders for the title over the next two races in possibly the closest contested end to the league season for many years.

1.Harry Armstrong 22.11, 2.Steve Rowley 23.04, 3.Chris Isats 23.41, 4.Brian Lindsay 23.51, 5.Neil Wilson 24.51, 6.Andrew Beeke 25.06, 7.Adam Fletcher 25.09, 8.Gary Smith 25.38, 9.Andrew Scorey 25.44, 10.Tim Caine 26.24, 11.Pete Blythe 26.52, 12.Graham Nisbet 27.25, 13.Dom Ginn 29.06, 14.Alison Kerr (L) 29.13, 15.Bill Scorey 29.19, 16.Wanda Field (L) 30.00, 17.Joyce Mark (L) DNF.