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Cycling: Podium finish for Malton Wheelers at Beverley
3:12pm Wednesday 6th March 2013 in Sport
MALTON Wheelers are optimistic of a good season after a podium finish in a team event at Beverley.
A three-man team time trial was set on a 25-mile course from Beverley to Driffield and back.
The return leg is rather lumpy but Malton’s Steve Kneeshaw, Matthew Enticknap and Paul Hickman kept the riding tight, a team technique that has been refined over the last year, to finish third. Said spokesman Enticknap: “Clocking a time just over the 56-minute mark was a surprise to us, especially as I was getting over a cold and Steve hadn’t been training on the road.”
Meanwhile, two Malton Wheelers members, Tom Atkinson and Mark Ellwood, have been competing in mountain bike races in Lanzarote against riders from around the world. Ellwood has been invited to race in South Africa this month.
The Wheelers' first event of the season will be the Sledmere Monuments 10-mile Time Trial, starting at 2pm on March 9. Fifty riders from all over Yorkshire and further afield will be taking part. Race headquarters are at the village hall.
Although Malton Wheelers are mainly a road cycling club competing in time trials, road races and cyclo cross, the club are also inviting new members to join in club rides. Membership is £10 or £5 for juniors.
Club rides take place on Sundays and Fridays at 9am from Malton Station, usually returning at 12.30pm after about 50 miles. Faster chain gang rides take place during winter on Wednesdays at 6.25pm from Swinton. Average speeds are about 16mph with easier “chairman’s rides” in the warmer weather.
Club time trials will be held from May 1 to August 28.
The Wheelers also host other events during the year including two evening road races on June 13 and 25 July 25, the Malton Criterium on July 26, and the Scarborough Cycling Festival on September 1. They are also hosting a family fun bike ride at Sledmere House on July 14.