Wheelie-good action as grass track stars shine at annual race

WHEEL-TO-WHEEL: Action from West Suffolk Wheelers and Traithlon Club's annual grass track event, held at Fordham All Saints
WHEEL-TO-WHEEL: Action from West Suffolk Wheelers and Traithlon Club's annual grass track event, held at Fordham All Saints

Fifty of the finest grass track racers converged for West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club’s annual meeting held at Fornham All Saints.

In a superb day of action, a dry and fast 250m course encouraged some fast attacking rides from the field.

The national 800m championship produced some aggressive riding from the winner Andrew Leveton, of VC ST Raphael, leading home Martin Smith (Chesterfield Coureurs) and Mitchell Powell (Team Terminator).

The 8km scratch saw John McClelland first home in the race for national points, with Powell battling it out for second with Smith, third, in a reversal of the 800m placings.

All four featured in the Devil Take The Hindmost race, with the last placed rider on each lap dropping out.

This time, Powell took the honours from Smith (second) and McClelland (third).

In the youth races, Norwich rider Dougal Toms, of Iceni Velo, carried on from winter cyclo cross racing by sweeping all before him in youth A.

He claimed top spot in the Youth A category with first placings in the two-lap time trial, three-lap handicap, devil and unknown distance.

Toby Miles (Welwyn Wheelers) was second and Kieran Jarvis (St Ives CC ) third.

Local rider Sam Asker, of Welwyn Wheelers, finished well for second overall in the youth B races.

Oliver Griggs, riding for the host club, had a fine day with a very credible fourth spot in the youth C races.

Meanwhile, at their own time trial on the Higham 10-mile course, Paul Vickers was quickest home in 24 minutes and 26 seconds for West Suffolk Wheelers followed by Julian Long in 24.51 and Matt Shingleton in 24.57.

Wheelers also put in a good show on the Mepal-Witchford-Mepal course at the Ely and District CC 10-mile open time trial.

Paul Rooke again showed class riding for a well-earned 24.51, followed by Boyd Nicholas in 24.52 (1:44 inside vet standard).

Henry Wood (26.10, also 1.44 inside his standard) and David Howes (26.52) also performed well.

The results ensured Wheelers finished second overall behind the hosts.

Triathlon Club riders David Young and Ben Mickleburgh posted a respectable 23.24 at the Newmarket CTC two-up time trial, with John Steed and Mark Eastwood crossing the line in 24.51.