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Wick Wheelers dominate in annual inter-club cycling event

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Wick Wheelers and Caithness Cycling Club ended their racing seasons with their annual inter-club event. This is primarily a get-together between the county’s two cycling clubs and is held as a time trial between the two towns.

This year it was hosted by the Wheelers and run from Thurso to Wick.

The weather forecast for early heavy rain came on cue but it stopped just before the first rider set off at 10.30am to give excellent mild conditions, with little wind and remarkably dry roads. Wick dominated the racing with the five fastest riders, led by Graeme Clyne with the superb time of 43 min 24 sec for the 19.1 miles, an average speed of 26.4mph.

First Caithness CC rider was Colin Earnshaw in 50 min 6 sec, with team-mate Debbie Larnach the first lady in 53 min 28 sec.

Although the main raison d’etre is taking part there is also a more serious side, with a trophy for the fastest team and one relating to the number of team riders. So as to be more inclusive, the team award is based on the first seven or eight riders rather than the usual three riders.

This year both trophies were won decisively by Wick Wheelers.

After the racing riders and friends retired to the Rosebank gardens to socialise and sample the excellent home baking provided by the Wheelers.

Results: 1 Graeme Clyne (WW), 43 min 24 sec; 2 Ian Nicholson (WW), 46.26; 3 Danny Miller (WW), 46.56; 4 Alun Arnold (WW), 48.24; 5 Hamish McAllan (WW), 48.32; 6 Colin Earnshaw (CCC), 50.06; 7 George Ewing (WW), 50.32; 8 Iain Miller (CCC), 51.14; 9 Mark Munro (CCC), 53.11; 10 Debbie Larnach (CCC), 53.28; 11 Brian Grant (WW), 54.53; 12 Alasdair Washington (CCC), 55.34; 13 Gordon Robertson (WW), 56.06; 14 Lisa Coghill (WW), 1.0.46; 15 Graeme Angus (CCC), 1.2.30; 16 Louise Sinclair (WW), 1.4.05; 17 Chelsea Durrand (WW), 1.5.14; 18 Martine Hughes (CCC), 1.8.51.

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