Result: Witham Wheelers Road Races

Jake Birkin winner of the GT Ellingworth RR & William Perrett winner of GA Bennett RR promoted by the Witham Wheelers on June 12 

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Result: Witham Wheelers Road Races

Witham Wheelers were pleased to promote their two British Cycling Road Races for the first time since 2019 on the usual 12 mile circuit just south of Grantham. A strong northerly breeze on a rolling circuit made for some hard and competitive racing.

The morning 45 mile GT Ellingworth for 3/4 category riders was a cagey affair for the first couple laps before Jake Birkin (South Normanton) and Finlay Holland ( BCC RT) broke away to establish a 1 minute lead with a lap to go, which they held to the finish where Birkin took a close sprint. Callum Ecobichon (JRC-Interflon) led in the bunch sprint. Witham Wheelers vlub rider Reece Egner placed well in the sprint for 8th place close behind Corby Glen rider David Earth (Rose Race Team) in 6th.

1 Jake Birkin South Normanton Cycling Club 1.48.10
2 Finlay Holland BCC Race Team st
3 Callum Ecobichon JRC-INTERFLON Race Team @ 0.56
4 Harvey Thomas Strada 2020 st
5 Ryan Williams BCC Race Team st
6 David Earth Rose Race Team st
7 Ryan Hornsby COBL Cycling Club st
8 Adam Egner Witham Wheelers Cycling Club st
9 Wayne Randall South Normanton Cycling Club st
10 Tom Parsons Team Jewson-M.I.Racing st
11 Samuel Thomas Derby Mercury RC st
12 Alfie Speck Ellmore Factory Racing st
13 Chris Evans Amicus 13 st
14 Carrick Hewing Ribble rechrg Race Team st
15 Benjamin Jordan Velo Bavarian Race Team st
16 Thomas Foreman Sherwood CC st
17 Richard Summerbell Royal Air Force CA st
18 Philip Bennett Royal Air Force CA st
19 Nawfal Demnati Team Corley Cycles st
20 Dominic Switzer Welland Valley CC st
21 Oliver Jones Velo Bavarian Race Team st

The afternoon 80 mile GA Bennett event also incorporated the East Midland Regional Road Race champs. At the end of the first lap, six riders held a slender 22 sec lead over the chasing bunch. Over the next couple of laps, various chasing groups formed until with 3 to go, 13 riders held a 1 minute lead over a still active bunch. With the lead group working well, the lead continued to hover around 1.30 until it split apart on the hill approaching the bell for the final lap.

Seven riders pressed on to contest the finishing sprint with Will Perrett (Spellman-Dublin) using his track speed to surge clear for the win from Adam Mitchell (Cycling ) Sheffield and 3rd Michael Gill (St Piran). In the East Mids Champs, winner was Will Perrett from Brother UK’s Adam Kenway with Alex Pritchards third.

Reece Egner rode well considering far from ideal preparation for the race, only losing contact with the bunch on the last lap to finish 37th, Ex-Wheeler Peter Cocker (Richardsons RT) rode conservatively in the bunch with a team mate in the break and finished 13th overall.

1 William Perrett Spellman – Dublin Port Track Team 3.01.19
2 Adam Mitchell Cycling Sheffield @ .03
3 Michael Gill Saint Piran st
4 Adam Kenway Brother UK @ .08
5 Alexander Pritchard WattShop @ .11
6 Jacques Coates Team PB Performance @ .15
7 Oliver Hurdle StolenGoat Race Team st
8 Isaac Peatfield VCU Schwenheim @1.25
9 Joshua Avery Spirit BSS st
10 Daniel Kain Spokes Racing Team st
11 Freddy Pett DAP Cycling Club @ 1.28
12 Matthew Ellis SRCT MUC-OFF @ 1.30
13 Peter Cocker Richardsons Trek DAS @ 1.30
14 Harry Paveley Identity Racing @ 1.30
15 Dan Galpin Bourne Whls CC @ 1.30
16 Ben Chilton Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus @ 1.30
17 Philip Large Wold Top The Edge RT @ 1.30
18 Oliver Maxwell SRCT MUC-OFF @ 1.30
19 Stephen Bradbury Saint Piran @ 1.34
20 Alex Galpin Bourne Whls CC @ 1.34
21 Edward Calow Royal Air Force CA @ 1.34
22 Frazier Carr Spirit BSS @ 1.37
23 Joshua Knowles TAAP Cervelo @ 1.39
24 Josh Housley Spirit BSS @ 1.39
25 Greig Burt BCC Race Team @ 1.41
26 Carl Stubbs COBL Cycling Club @ 1.41
27 Sean Mullen Richardsons Trek DAS @ 1.46
28 Mark Walker Wold Top The Edge RT @ 1.48
29 Jake Hales Spirit BSS @ 1.52
30 Oliver Snodden SF Racing @ 1.59
31 Toby Atkins UpShift Nutrition Race Team @ 2.10
32 Joshua Price Spirit BSS @ 2.11
34 Graham Briggs Clancy Briggs Cycling Academy @ 2.21
35 Ross Lamb Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling @ 2.21
36 Alistair Slater Clancy Briggs Cycling Academy @ 3.00
37 Reece Egner Witham Wheelers Cycling Club @3.30


Many thanks to all the volunteers without whom it would not be possible to run a safe and enjoyable event on British Roads. These included Commissaires, NEG riders, AMSS Marshalls, Club Red Flag marshalls, Lead car drivers, Sign-on Stewards, Neutral service, Catering, Course signage, First Aid and Commissaire scribes at the last count 46 people in total across the 2 races
Simon Cocker – Event Organiser


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