Pete completes his first 100-mile ride as Aegir cyclists enjoy the Spa cycle trail

It was Pete Hanks' first 100-mile ride
It was Pete Hanks' first 100-mile ride

GAINSBOROUGH Aegir Cycling Club’s Trevor Halstead, Loll Dickenson, Pete Hanks and Geoff Garner enjoyed a 100-mile leisure ride on Sunday, the destination being Woodhall Spa to take in parts of the Water Railway Sustrans route 1 and the Spa Trail.

Departing from Roseway in Gainsborough, the riders headed to Lincoln meeting up with Lincoln CTC group, and they then progressed using parts of the Water Railway Sustrans National Cycle Network route 1 to Kirkstead Bridge.

Pictured left to right cycling along the Spa Trail are Geoff Garner, Pete Hanks and Loll Dickenson

Pictured left to right cycling along the Spa Trail are Geoff Garner, Pete Hanks and Loll Dickenson

Departing from the cycle route, the riders headed into Woodhall Spa where a lunch stop was made at Just Desserts.

The Gainsborough group headed out of Woodhall Spa making their way to the Spa Trail cycle route which follows the disused Woodhall Spa-Horncastle railway line. This interesting route had some fantastic sculptures along its length.

After leaving the cycle route, the riders headed homewards passing through the splendid village of Thimbleby with its many thatched cottages and then headed northwards, making a refreshment stop in Wragby before heading across country through Faldingworth, Glentham, Atterby, Willoughton, Upton and Kexby, returning into Gainsborough along Lea Road.

This was Pete Hanks’ first 100-mile ride.

On 20th April the club’s latgest race was of 18 miles, containing two circuits of the route which started on Thonock Hill at the highest point beyond Gainsborough Golf Club entrance riding towards Corringham Road and then along the A631 towards Corringham, on to Pilham and Wharton Hill top, before joining the A159 to Morton where the steep ascent of Thonock Hill was made to the finish.

Results: 1, Geoff Garner 49 minutes 07 seconds; 2, Trevor Halstead 55-25; 3, Pete Hanks 56-41; 4, Rob Noble 61-28. Private Trials (non-club members): 1, John Clarke 46-25; 2, Paul Clark 48-07. Juvenile nine-mile: Joe Noble 31-42.

On Sunday 1st May there is a leisure ride to Edwinstowe, home via Fledborough Viaduct along Sustrans route 647 (70 miles) - meet Roseway, Gainsborough, 8.30am.

On Wednesday 5th May there are 15 and juvenile eight-mile time trials starting on Laughton Lane - meet 6.45pm ,first rider off at 7pm.

New riders are welcome; for more information please contact Trevor Halstead at Church Street Cycles, 102-104 Church Street, Gainsborough, or telephone 01427 617752 or home 01427 677396.

n The club’s website is http://www.community.lincolnshire.gov.uk/gainsboroughaegircycling