With the easing of the governments Covid restrictions and the issuing of appropriate guidelines by the national Cycling Time Trial body, Witham Wheelers were able to start their evening Time Trial series on the 14th July. To ensure a safe event riders had to register and pay for the whole series in advance, thus enabling them to maintain social distancing before and after the event. Also by its very nature of riders starting at one minute intervals, the sport itself is inherently safe for all competitors.
With a good part of the year already gone there was still an excellent entry of 25 riders, including some new faces, eager for a chance to test out their fitness.
With a steady westerley breeze times were never going to be any particularly fast times but at least it was relatively warm and dry.Karl Baillie clicked straight back into the groove with 22.26 almost 2 minutes ahead of Triathlete Stephen Hobday 24.18 and Henry Gould 24.34 not far behind. Best result of the evening was probably Julie Clarks improvement to 28.18 to beat Louise George by just 4 seconds as fastest lady.Billy Reed was the fastest youth with 26.33 with Ethan Squires 29.26 just pipping John Hemmings 29.27 for second by the narrowest of margins. A good ride by Josh in his first event to break 30 minutes.
With regards other club activities, work is under way to restart the Go-Ride Youth coaching and details will be posted on the Facebook page when this is able to recommence.For club rides, these are still problematic with the current limits on numbers allowed for social gatherings but hopefully with further relaxations these will be able to restart in the not too distant future.