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Andrews and Buck battle to the end

Tuesday night saw the first round of the New Forest Cycling Club Championship season over the longer distances take place on the P164/25 course. The course loops round from Matley Wood, Ipley cross roads, up to Colbury, along the A35 to Lyndhurst, twice. A limited field of 22 riders took to the start line in very benign overcast conditions. It was Ben Boardman and Primera rider Joseph Andrews who set the pace both equal on time at the first intermediate timing point at 8km. Nick Buck was a further 5 seconds back, with James Bannister and Stuart Peckham 42 and 45 seconds behind the leading pair respectively. One of the pre-race favourites, Sacha Ring had to abandon due to serious injuries sustained in a separate “cycling” activity. Disaster stuck Ben Boardman who was the leader on the road as his arm rest broke on the second lap. This opened the way for the pair of youngsters, Buck and Andrews to battle it out for the win. After the second intermediate timing point at 30 km, it was still neck and neck between the pair with the 5 second gap being maintained by Andrews. Peckham and Bannister started to fall back to over a minute off the leading two riders. It was Andrew greater endurance that was the deciding factor as he pulled out a further 25 seconds over Buck to claim and impressive victory by 30 seconds in 59:15. Both riders were only participants to record times under the hour. Stuart Peckham came in third in 1:00:36 ahead James Bannister in 1:01:30. Boardman was understandably disappointed that a technical failure had prevented a potential victory, but vowed that “I’ll be back!”. For full results please view the NFCC results page.

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