Wheel­ers mak­ing big im­pres­sions

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CY­CLING DAVE HIGHAM

A BUSY week for the Wheel­ers had a num­ber of stand­out per­for­mances.

The ride of the week was that by Ant Al­lan who won the sec­ond round of the North Wales Road Race Se­ries at Den­bigh in a sprint from a lead­ing group of four, af­ter good team­work by Ben Trot­ter (who came sixth) and Chris Quin en­sured that the break stayed away.

The pre­vi­ous Tues­day had seen both Quin and Al­lan in the win­ning break in the lat­est round of the Dave As­tles RR se­ries at Lower Withing­ton, with Quin tak­ing sec­ond place and Al­lan sixth.

Not to be out­done, and demon­strat­ing the strength of women’s road rac­ing, Sarah Lewis took third place in only her sec­ond event in the Bee­ston RC pro­mo­tion at a very wet Not­ting­ham Uni­ver­sity.

Lewis was in a break of four that stayed away for much of the race and just lost out to more ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers in the fin­ish­ing sprint.

Vet­eran road­men Mick O’Con­nor and David Higham rode the Steve Gut­teridge Me­mo­rial Race at Saighton near Ch­ester.

Hav­ing both come back from 10 days in Mal­lorca, they had dif­fi­culty ac­cli­ma­tis­ing to spring in the UK, but O’Con­nor still man­aged to take the bunch sprint for fifth place over­all with Higham three places fur­ther back.

Mike Knud­sen has been get­ting some good re­sults on both road and track this sea­son and on Sun­day tack­led the Fred Whit­ton Chal­lenge.

This is gen­er­ally re­garded as one of the tough­est non­com­pet­i­tive events in the cal­en­dar, tak­ing in the climbs of the Hard­knott and Wrynose Passes in its 112 miles.

Con­di­tions this year were wet, cold and windy and Knud­sen com­pleted the event in 6 hours and 33 mins to se­cure Elite sta­tus and be the eight fastest fin­isher over the age of 40.

The lat­est round of the sea­son-long Wheel­ers 10-mile Time Trial Cham­pi­onship was held in very wet and windy con­di­tions on Wed­nes­day and vet­eran Roger Wrenn came out on top with a time of 26.05 beat­ing Rob Maxwell and Paul Fen­ton into sec­ond and third places (re­spec­tively).

That re­sult gives Paul Fen­ton the lead in the Hand­i­cap com­pe­ti­tion from Laura Maguire and El­liot Sleath. In the Scratch com­pe­ti­tion, Roger Wrenn leads Mark Hal­loway and Paul Fen­ton.

On Satur­day, Wrenn com­peted in his 25 mile time trial of the year, the Bill Spencer Me­mo­rial pro­moted by South Pen­nine Road Club at Et­wall.

De­spite the fierce head­wind on the longer out­ward leg, and be­ing de­layed at a Pel­i­can Cross­ing, Wrenn fin­ished with 59.12 and won the Vet­er­ans Cat­e­gory.

Also on Satur­day, Andy Jack­son com­peted in his first 50 mile time trial for 25 years and fin­ished with a time of 2.24.28

●● Macc Wheel­ers’ Chris Quin and Ant Al­lan in the win­ning break at Lower Withing­ton

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