The first race of the Hereward series, which is competed between Peterborough Cycling Club, Fenland Clarion plus the Bourne Wheelers and Spalding Cycling Club, took place on Thursday last week.
A field of 48 riders contested the race and the winner was Peterborough Cycling Club’s Irish member Mark Bleakley who romped round the rolling Helpston circuit in 23:15 with team mate Nick Hitchens coming home in sixth place in 24:09, not a bad time considering that Nick was suffering from some sort of virus.
Bourne Wheelers’ Antony Gough finished in second place.
The same night roadman Alan Brophy, another newcomer to PCC and the sport, finished an excellent fifth in the Rockingham Speedway 2/3/4 cat race.
On the Saturday a 70 rider field lined up for the annual Alston Country Homes open 10 on the old A1 Sawtry course. On a warmish afternoon with a marked tail wind finish Peterborough Cycling Club’s James Gelsthorpe stormed home in a rapid 21:38 to win by 10 seconds from St Ives’ Mick Hodson.
Bourne’s Claire Steels finished 22nd overall in an impressive 25:09 and was first woman home from 16 female racers including Peterborough’s Marina Dorosenko, Annette Wyld and Lynn Smitheringale.
On the same day Bourne-based Jason Burrill rode the ECCA 50 mile TT in the Six Mile Bottom area and in only his second attempt at the distance he stormed round in an amazing time of 1:48.32 for an average speed of 27.65mph. In doing this ride Jason annexed Peterborough Cycling Club’s 50 mile record that has stood since 1982 by over two minutes.