CYCLING: JOHN Pitman made up for lost time when winning the Leamington C&AC ten mile event over John Herring and Tony Foster.
Pitman won the race by more than a minute to nearest rivals Herring while Foster picked up the final podium position after swapping his running spikes for a TT bike.
Steve and Chris Walker won the tandem battle, beating Roger Gardner and Tanis Hand by almost a half minute.
Elsewhere, with the first two opportunities to ride the 25 mile course lost to weather conditions, the riders finally got their chance to compete at the Princethorpe-based track.
Pierre Guern has taken fatherhood in his stride, showing off new baby Raphael while beating all-comers by 17 seconds.
Paul Harper and Tony Foster finished half a minute behind in second and third place respectively.
The race didn’t pass without incident though as one lane of the A45 was coned off after a vehicle was being recovered by a tow-truck.
Another vehicle had lost fuel onto the road surface in a collision, Johann Wiseman was unfortunate to lose control of his bike on the slippy surface and had to make up for lost time.
Tim Cadd beat Dan Gulliver in the accompanying 10 mile TT on a shorter course.
The Club’s second Princethorpe ten mile event a week later saw John Herring defeat Paul Harper by one minute, with Tony Foster once again finishing third.
And most recently, the weather cooled down for the second Club Championship race as John Pitman returned to sweep up the major honours in the Offchurch to Lighthorne race.
Pitman led Gavin Fowler by less than half a minute with veteran John Herring taking third spot.
Paul Harper was the only other rider to finish in under 40 minutes.
Pitman’s time was good enough to earn him 20 points in the handicap section of the club competitions, known as the Vaughan Trophy, but John Herring leads by one point after two events – with another five events remaining.