Wheeler Andrew hits the streets

PUBLISHED: 18:09 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:25 26 October 2009

EARLY morning rain did not discourage the three Welwyn Wheelers who turned out for the Icknield Hilly Time Trial. The Icknield Road Club event was held over an undulating 19-mile course around Ivinghoe on Sunday morning. This race has been a fixture on t

EARLY morning rain did not discourage the three Welwyn Wheelers who turned out for the Icknield Hilly Time Trial.

The Icknield Road Club event was held over an undulating 19-mile course around Ivinghoe on Sunday morning.

This race has been a fixture on the club calendar for several years, though numbers of riders were reduced this year due to a clash with the Stevenage Randonee.

In conditions that turned out to be good, with warm sunshine and drying roads with a slight breeze, Welwyn's Andrew Brown recorded a time of 51 minutes 21 seconds and Andrew Porter 58 mins 55 secs.

Improving youngster Andrew Street, riding his first time trial of the year, completed the course in an excellent 55 mins 54 secs and was fastest junior on the day.

The event was won by Clive Nicholls, of High Wycombe CC, in a time of 44 mins 35 secs.

Other local riders competing in the event were former Welwyn cyclist Laura Bissell, of GS Stada, in 58 mins 59 secs and Team Welwyn's Simon Layfield, who clocked 54 mins 42 secs.

Stevenage CC's Tim Read completed the distance in 48 mins 47 secs.

Perhaps the unluckiest rider of the day was former Wheeler Richard Webster.

Now of Team Welwyn, he failed to spot a pothole in the road surface, received punctures to front and rear wheels, and had a long walk back to the race headquarters.


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