Flying start for Team Welwyn riders

PUBLISHED: 18:47 06 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 26 October 2009

TEAM Welwyn riders have made a flying start to their 2008 racing season. Phil Lisher opened the season for the cycling club with a fine win in the junior competition in the North Road Hardriders 25 mile time trial run around the hills of the Essendon and

TEAM Welwyn riders have made a flying start to their 2008 racing season.

Phil Lisher opened the season for the cycling club with a fine win in the junior competition in the North Road Hardriders' 25 mile time trial run around the hills of the Essendon and Newgate Street area.

Having started their challenge for the London North Millennium Trophy Series with fine rides in the Hardriders event, both Lisher and Richard Webster followed this with top 20 places in the 140-rider field of the annual Welwyn Hilly Time Trial.

The impressive run of form continued with Webster taking a fine third place in the Team Cambridge round of the Millennium Trophy Series.

This was a 25-mile time trial run on an open and rolling course in near gale force wind.

Webster finished with a time of 1 hour 02 minutes 24 seconds, which was only 31 seconds adrift of the winner Andrew Strickland.

The Team Cambridge cyclist clocked 1 hr 01 min 53 secs and Webster was a scant nine seconds behind the second-placed rider.

Less pleased with his time in the Cambridge event was Team Welwyn's Simon Layfield.

Making a comeback after a winter plagued by chest infections, Layfield's time of 1 hr 12 mins 20 secs did nothing to disturb the leading riders.

However, what Layfield lacked in speed he made up for in stamina, tackling the Team Milton Keynes 20-mile hilly time trial later the same day.

Fortunately the race was held on a slightly more sheltered course, although the biting easterly wind still made the conditions unpleasant for riders and spectators alike.

In his second race of the day, Layfield managed a time of 55 minutes 03 seconds, only fractionally slower than the morning's average speed.


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