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.
I’ve had the following information from Bob Jolliffe, many of the long term members or older riders will remember Geoff racing as well as being involved in club organisation. Former long-term New Forest CC secretary Geoff Smith is in Southampton General Hospital with a broken leg after falling from his bike on the A337 at […]
Update from Bob Jolliffe with his weekend activities – New Forest CC’s 66-year-old Bob Jolliffe had a brilliant social weekend at the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists’ Track Championships at the Derby Arena Velodrome, even if his attempts at racing were lacklustre. Despite only finishing in one event of two entered, the Group F (age […]