Stretch takes pride of place for Wheel­ers

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK - CY­CLING

MARCH sees the start of the main cy­cling sea­son and one of the tra­di­tional sea­son open­ers is the Bux­ton Moun­tain Time Trial.

Held on Good Fri­day on a tough cir­cuit that starts in Long­nor, climbs to Flash­bar Stores and then heads down the A53 to turn just be­fore The Wink­ing Man for the re­turn to Long­nor.

The event at­tracted a record num­ber (181) of en­tries this year. Riders com­plete ei­ther two (Vet­er­ans and Women) or three (Men) laps of the 11 mile cir­cuit. Con­di­tions were dry, but a cool west­erly wind made the main climb dif­fi­cult and the stretch to The Wink­ing Man very chal­leng­ing. Seven Wheel­ers fin­ished, with pride of place go­ing to Mike Stretch, right, who fin­ished ninth fastest in the Vets sec­tion with 1.03.18.

Also in the Vets race were Mike Knud­sen 1.08.42, James Rus­sell 1.11.11 and Roger Wrenn 1.18.31. Ruth Gamwell was the only Wheeler in the Women’s race and fin­ished with a very rapid 1.17.46. In the Men’s race Ben Trot­ter recorded 1.38.50 and Mar­cus Fielden 1.45.52.

An­other clas­sic sea­son opener is the Ed­die Soens Road Race held on a closed cir­cuit at Aintree. This event has been won by most of the big­gest names in Bri­tish Cy­cling and the Wheel­ers were rep­re­sented by Chris Quin for the 55th edi­tion this year. Quin is known as a very ag­gres­sive rider who al­ways an­i­mates any event he en­ters. True

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