Pardoe leads Peterborough CC to team award

Kevin Hobbs (left) and Paul Pardoe.
Kevin Hobbs (left) and Paul Pardoe.
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There was a great end to the time trial season for Peterborough Cycling Club on Saturday.

They won the team shield as the Northampton and District Cycling Association Time Trial Series drew to a dramatic finish on the Sawtry 15-mile course.

The Peterborough riders used their local knowledge of the demanding course, which includes a number of roundabouts and a final climb, to good effect.

Paul Pardoe led them hone in first place in a rapid 32:17, averaging an impresive 28mph for the full 15 miles. That was his second open win of the season and also meant he was crowned N&DCA long and short course champion for 2018.

Kevin Hobbs backed him up with a course personal best of 33:54 for third place and his best finish of the season on a day when it really mattered. Richard Lamb was the next Peterborough rider over the line in 15th place in 36:08 which also gave the club the team win on the day.

Nick Hitchens finished in 36:18 and Phil Jones in 38:40. James Boardley picked up a time penalty and was recorded a time of 49:26.

Simon Pitchford once again led the Fenland Clarion contingent home in sixth place in 34:31.

Other Clarion times were: Ian Waddilove 35:19; Steve Maile 36:59; Malc Jacklin 37:10; Phil Merritt 40:27.

The Clarion junior team have provisionally won the youth team award while their senior team have provisionally finished in third place.

In the third round of the Central Cyclo-Cross League hosted by Kettering CC, the Fenland Clarion youngsters achieved some fine results.

In the Under 8s there were excellent debuts for Austin Richardson with a sixth place and Jenson Garland finished strongly to take 11th place.

In the Under 10s there were debuts for Archie Gordon in 12th place and Jocelyn Garland in 22nd place.

Unluckiest rider of the day was Evander Wishart, who dropped his chain on the last lap forcing him to run to the finish with his bike which meant he narrowly missed out on a podium finish, instead having to settle for fourth.

Fearne Starr made a promising start to cyclo-cross with 22nd place and seventh girl despite being one of the youngest riders.

In the vet 50 category Michael Stegeman finished in 43rd place and Malc Jacklin in 53rd.

In the junior category Thomas Stegeman finished 11th.

In the opening round of the Lincolnshire Cyclo-Cross League hosted by Sleaford Wheelers it was Benjamin Robinson leading the local challenge with 11th place in the Under 9s.

n This Sunday (October 7), Peterborough Cycling Club and Fenland Clarion are jointly holding an open hill climb event.

The first climb starts at 10.30am from the bottom of Collyweston Hill near the bridge. The second climb is up Ketton Hill.

Peterborough CC riders will be competing for the Slater Cup and the Corrigan Trophy.