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Ex-Wisbech rugby player Richard Pepper takes cycling British Masters silver in 750m TT at Newport Velodrome

By Pete Woodhouse

Ex-Wisbech rugby player turned track sprinter, Richard Pepper, has only been competing as a cyclist for three years but has achieved podium positions in the British Masters Championships every time.

His silver in the 750m TT at Newport Velodrome on Thursday, along with bronze in the Match Sprint on Friday, continued that unbroken run and although the top step eluded him once again one feels that that attainment of first place is inevitable within the next year or so.

In news just received, Wisbech Wheeler Jason Kierman – coming back from serious injury – seems to have arrived. With a gold medal in the scratch race and bronze in the points race he is the new British Masters Scratch Race Champion for 2019.

Richard Pepper riding the boards at Newport 6.19. (13215523)
Richard Pepper riding the boards at Newport 6.19. (13215523)

Outdoors the rain has gone and Wisbech riders have been competing almost daily. On Saturday the blistering heat was so extreme that nearly half of the 86 people on the start sheet of the CC Breckland 50-mile event failed to complete the course. Neil Empson managed to stay on board when he hit a bump and lost the end of his tri-bars but could not carry on, which put the team prize out of reach and Phil Lee, one of the two Wisbech riders remaining, had only finished a night shift that morning.

Lee said: “After Becky passed me I had nothing left to give and got off the bike for a moment, drank everything I had then wobbled to the finish. Chuffed to bits with Becky (Taylor), she passed me quickly, shouting encouragement, and rolled away looking calm and professional.”

On Sunday in the re-run of the postponed East District 10-mile championships at Tottenhill, new Wisbech signing, Jemma Redhead, was third in the women’s section and also worthy of mention is 60+ lady vet, Denese Hallahan, who raced three times in the last four days, including St Ives in the heat on Saturday.

• Cycling results.

Wisbech Wheelers, Tue, June 25, Wisbech Club‘10’: M McClure 22.09, A Ward (50+) 24.24, J Bates (60+) 25.40, S Emmett (40+ no t/bar) 26.16, A Bye (60+) 26.17, P Baldwin (70+) 28.37, M Gordon (60+) 30.01

Thurs, June 27, VTTA ‘10’: A Bye (60+) 24.10, D Hallahan (60+ lady) 30.02

Sat, June 29, Breckland Open ‘50’: B Taylor (40+ lady) 1.57.33, P Lee (40+) 2.05.49. St Ives CC Open ‘10’: D Hallahan (60+ lady) 32.48.

Sun, June 30, EDCA ‘10’ (re-run): J Redhead (40+ lady) 26.08 (3rd lady), D Hallahan (60+ lady) 30.35

British Masters Track Champs: Thu, 750M TT: R Pepper (40+) (Black Line Racing) – silver, Fri, Match Sprint: R Pepper – bronze.

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