Wheelers show promise in season opener

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West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club members Mandy Bunn and Hannah McInory gave promising displays in the 2015 Women’s Eastern Racing League opener, the Ipswich Spring Scramble road race.

Battling the challenging five laps, 85km course among 40 entrants, the two triathletes put their winter training to good use on a circuit which tested rider’s speed endurance and bunch racing skills in a competitive field.

Both Wheelers more than held their own with Bunn coming home in 30th position, closely followed by McInroy in 32nd.

n Capitalising on the increased interest in women’s racing, and with the Friends Life Women’s Tour starting in Bury St. Edmunds in June, The WERL are aiming to encourage women new to racing, and those more experienced, to compete at racing and time trial events throughout the eastern region and offers dedicated categories and prizes for both juniors and veterans. For more information visit www.womenseasternracingleague.co.uk.

n Despite not having run a half marathon for over 30 years, Wheeler triathlete Julian Colman wasted no time on his return at Stowmarket Striders half marathon.

Colman put in a determined performance to finish in one hour and 44.24 seconds for a well deserved personal best.

Elsewhere, Wheelers were in time trial action on Saturday where Jim Greenwood had a fine ride in very windy conditions at the ECCA 10 mile time trial finishing sixth in the scratch event.

David Young and Gerry Barton also had a difficult northerly wind to contend with at the Plomesgate CC 10 mile time trial but finished in times of 29:24 and 31.16 respectively.

n A number of Wheelers were action as round two of the Mud Sweat and Gears MTB race league rolled into Carver Barracks near Saffron Walden.

A fast flowing course over single tracks featuring drop offs and rock features demanded technical skills and concentration.

Highest placed Wheeler on the day was Dick Lines, riding in the Grand Vet Male category who finished a commendable 19th, while son Robin clinched eighth in the Juvenile Male category.

Another father and son duo saw Richard Holland-Jones place 72nd in the Open Male race, with son Rhys 19th in Youth Male category.

A series of unfortunate technical events saw the usually high flying Malcolm Borg retire after two laps.