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Eight Wheelers brave the cold and wind to tackle annual reliability ride

Cold and windy weather didn’t deter members of Birdwell Wheelers last weekend, when eight of them  set off on the club’s annual 100 miles in 8 hours reliability ride.

Roger Bacon, Paul Mynett, Trevor Mayne, Dave Hudson, Phil Adams, Marc Peasegood, Austin D Watson and Sally Salter set off from Brewers Fayre roundabout Wombwell. Unfortunately Bacon had to return home with a mechanical problem, but chased back onto the main group, while Mynett and Mayne took a short cut home at Pontefract.

The café stop at Howden broke the journey and a tailwind made for a quick return.

Club President Christine Minto completed a solo 65 mile loop to Selby and was glad of the tailwind home.

The previous day John Woodhouse rode the 103km “Charnwood in the Spring” Audax, setting off with 180 riders from Trowell through Stapleford, Kegworth, Mountsorrel, Sixhills, Sawley and back to Trowell,  climbing 750 metres over the course of the ride and finishing well within the nine- hour time limit.

On Saturday Wheeler Mayne rode in the BDCA 25 mile time trial on the A50 at Etwall. His time of 54m 09s was a new club age record at 55. On Sunday Paul Heggie rode in the VTTA(Yorkshire) 25 mile time trial at Topcliffe. With an early start on a cold and windy day his time of 1h 6m 45s was also a new club age record at 65.

Dave Scargil completed his first road race of the season in the LVRC’s Percy Stallard series. At the end of the 45 mile race near Bletchley, a bunch sprint saw Scargill finish 4th in his age group.

The destination for Easter Sunday’s club run is yet to be decided. Meet at Brewers Fayre roundabout

Wombwell at 9am. Visitors are welcome.

More details on this and all the above can be found on the club’s website: “

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