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May 16th 2018

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Pride of place this week goes to Wheeler Bob Waterhouse who, after a winter of arduous training, on Sunday rode in the Fred Whitton Challenge, a cycle sportive held each year in the Lake District to commemorate a popular member of a local cycling club who died of cancer. Over the years the event has raised more than £1.1 million for the Macmillan cancer charity.

The ride goes over six mountain passes, including the infamous Hardknott and Wrynose passes, gaining 12,870 feet of ascent and covering 113 miles. Waterhouse completed the ride in 8 hours 24 minutes at an average speed of 13.5 mph.

The road racing season is now well under way and on Sunday Wheeler Dave Scargill rode in the 33km LVRC (League of Veteran Racing Cyclists) Enville Road Race at Bobbington Staffordshire and finished 10th overall in his age category race. Last Thursday Wheeler Joe Woodhouse in his first race for some time rode the NMRRL (North Midlands Road Race League) 52km race at Torworth, Nottinghamshire and was pleased to finish strongly in the bunch.

Wheelers Trevor Mayne and Paul Heggie on Saturday rode in the South Pennine CC 25 Mile Open Time Trial at Etwall, Derbyshire. Both achieved new club age records -Mayne at 54 years old finished in 53m 42s and Heggie at 64 years old beat his own record set earlier this year by 1m 50s finishing in 1m 00m 03s.

The 4th of the club’s 5 mile time trials at Thurgoland on Tuesday took place in the best weather of the season so far. Trevor Mayne was again fastest in 12m 21s. Winner on handicap was Tom Booth in a time of 14m 08s handicapped to 11m 38s. Mayne now leads the points series by just 2 points. The next round is on Tuesday at 7pm Park Springs and is the club's 5 mile Championship. Guest riders are welcome.

Last Sunday’s 100 mile reliability ride out to Howden and back saw Tony Lodge, Steve Myatt, Paul Mynett, Chris Jenkins, Dave Hudson and Rob Parkes all complete the ride well within the 8 hours time limit.

Sunday’s club run sets off from Brewers Fayre roundabout Wombwell at 9:15 and heads out on a 60 mile loop to Retford. Visitors are welcome.

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