Gainsborough cycling clubs do battle in annual road race

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All four Gainsborough road cycling clubs battled it out in the annual interclub nine-mile race between Mortona nd East Butterwick.

Trent Valley, Phoenix, Aegir and Viking Velo were represented in the competition, which was split into two races.

The three overall fastest riders from each club and their combined total times formed one contest, and a separate race was based on a handicap system with once again the best three times from each club combined.

The fastest rider on the day was Viking Velo’s Julian Hesp who recorded 20.58 for the nine miles, just beating his fellow Viking Velo team mate Andy Lewin by the minimum margin of one second.

Third fastest rider on the day was Trent Valley’s Andy Codd in 21.35.

When the fastest three times from each club were combined, it proved to be Trent Valley who won through with a total time of 65.54 against Viking Velo’s 66.10.

Scratch results

Trent Valley Road Club: 1st Andy Codd 21.35, 2nd Rob Gregory 21.45, 3rd Paul Brownless 22.34. Total: 65.54.

Viking Velo: 1st Julian Hesp 20.58, 2nd Andy Lewin 20.59, 3rd Matt Fieldson 24.13. Total: 66.10.

The handicap race saw a reverse in fortunes, with Viking Velo merging victorious, beating Trent Valley into seconnd with Phoenix in third place.

Handicap results

1st Viking Velo +15.55, 2nd Trent Valley +12.08, 3rd Phoenix +5.20.