Novice riders get a taste of life in the cycling fast lane

Fastest man and winner of the Gainsborough Cycles Trophy Steve Cowbeck, 44, and fastest girl Sophia Watson, 12
Fastest man and winner of the Gainsborough Cycles Trophy Steve Cowbeck, 44, and fastest girl Sophia Watson, 12

As part of National Bike Week, Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club held an 8.2 mile novice race for newcomers to experience the thrill of a cycle contest.

The weather was fine on an ideal evening for cycling, and competitors recorded some good times.

The event started on Laughton Lane in Morton and progressed through Laughton Woods, turning left onto Carr Lane to Wildsworth.

A left turn took the riders alongside the River Trent, turning left in East Stockto the finish at the start on Laughton Lane.

After the race there was a presentation of awards and a social get together at The Ship Inn at Morton.

A club spokesman said: “Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club would like to thank the Ship Inn for their hospitality, also thanks to club members who marshalled the event.”

Novice race results: 1st Steve Cowlbeck 25 minutes 12 seconds (road bike) winner Fastest Rider, Church Street Cycles Trophy; 2nd Debbie Drinkall 26 minutes 28 seconds (road bike) fastest lady; 3rd Jo Findley 29 minutes 35 seconds (road bike); 4th Sophia Watson, 13, 30 minutes 05 seconds (road bike) fastest girl; 5th Jon Findley 30 minutes 59 seconds (road bike); 6th Elaine Cromerford 31 minutes 55 seconds (road bike hybrid); 7th Sam Phillips, 12, 32 minutes 08 seconds (road bike).

Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club Non Racing Members Trophy: Colin Smith 41 minutes 32 seconds.

The club’s 120 mile leisure ride to York attracted seven riders.

For George Carnall, James Green, Pete Cromerford, Rob Noble, and James Douglas it was the longest distance that they had ridden in a day,

Trevor Halstead and Dave Day had rode the ride in previous years.

The age range of the riders was 16 years through to 72.

Halstead said: “Well done to all who took part on one of the hottest days of the year.”

The riders departed from Roseway in Gainsborough, making their way through Beckingham, Walkeringham, Misterton, Graiselound, West Woodside, Sandtoft, Thorne, Moorends, Rawcliffe Bridge, Rawcliffe, Camblesforth, Selby, Riccall and Bishopthorpe, arriving in York.

The group spent some time viewing York walking and cycling around the city.

Departing York the riders cycled through Bishopthorpe before a lunch stop was made at The Black Smiths Arms in Naburn.

The ride then resumed heading through Stillingfleet, Kelfield, Cawood, Selby, Brayton, Burn, ChapelHaddlesey, Temple Hirst, Carlton, Snaith, East Corwick, Moorends, Thorne, Sandtoft, West Stockwith, Misterton, Walkeringham and Beckingham, arriving back in Gainsborough along side the River Trent.

Halstead said: “It was an interesting ride, using Sustrans route number 65 from Selby into York with a fascinating feature, a replica of the solar system.”

On Sunday the club will host an afternoon ride using the Gainsborough Lincolnshire Cycle Route (30 miles).

Meet at Roseway Gainsborough at 1.30pm.

It is recommended to carry some food for a ride suitable for families and beginners.

On Wednesday 2nd July the 15 mile and 8 mile juvenline race will take place from Laughton Lane.

Riders should meet at 6.45pm, with the first rider off at 7pm.

On Wednesday 9th July an inter-club 10 mile time trial will take place between Gainsborough Aegir first claim members, Retford Wheelers and Lincoln Wheelers.

The head quarters is The Ferry House at East Stockwith.

Riders should meet 6.15pm onwards, first rider off at 7pm.

On 24th July the Aegir Cycling Treasure Hunt will meet at the Eight Jolly Brewers at 6.30pm.

It will consist of a cycle ride of about eight miles around the Gainsborough area answering questions from observed clues.

The event is free and open to the public to take part in.

New riders are welcome, for more information on the club contact Trevor Halstead 01427 617752 or visit their website at