By New Forest CC press secretary Bob Jolliffe
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VELO Club St Raphael’s Andy Rivett was the only rider to better 25-mph in New Forest Cycling Club’s first 10-mile time trial of the season.
He was on the rivet right around the tough Holmsley-A35-Burley Lawn-Burley loop which this year was made even more difficult with a cyclo-cross element thrown in for good measure where a cattle grid is being replaced in Lyndhurst Road.
Veteran club member Chris Gannaway took charge of the adjoining access gate to ensure livestock did not get onto the A35 while competitors took to the mud for a few yards.
Despite the short delay, Rivett took full advantage of the sunny but cool conditions to clock 23-55.
His time was 29 seconds faster than those of New Forest CC’s Gary Lock and GA Cycles’ Ray Claridge who tied for second with 24-36.
Sotonia CC’s Stuart Martingale was a further 24 seconds off the pace with 25-00 for fourth, while Rivett’s teammate Bryce Dyer took fifth with 25-20.
There followed a trio of good times from NFCC riders with John Heffernan clocking 25-30, Ben Boardman 25-37 and Colin Humm 25-41.
Women’s 25-mile competition record and multi-national champion Julia Shaw (Drag2Zero) followed up her winning ride in the recent Mersey Tunnel time trial with 26-09 for ninth place, while New Forest CC’s Stuart Ward made a welcome return after a broken wrist kept him out of competition last season with 26-15 for tenth.
There was a record turn-out for the event, with 40 signed on and one non-starter.
Other times (NFCC) unless stated: Peter Wilson (Bournemouth Arrow CC) 26-25, Chris Grant (private trial) 26-35, Chris Hughes 26-40, Stuart Peckham 26-42, Geri Robinson 26-52, Steve Roberts and Lee Hookem tied with 27-13, Rob Brinsden 27-32, James Bannister 27-50, Richard Mason 27-51, Ben Saunders 27-57, Gary Plumb 28-21, David Wilson 28-40, Richard Rajski 28-44, Phil Underwood 29-01, Nick Williams 29-06, Konner Bracher-Walsh 29-23, Mike Ahearn 29-31, Stuart Grace (GA Cycles) 29-44, Nigel Gemmell 30-22, Antony Moyle 30-26, Peter Weaver 31-21, Bob Jolliffe 31-35, Donna Shaw 32-23, Chris Mills 32-26, Peter Hawker 32-45, Nick Cooper 33-19, Martin Balk 34-34, Andrew Bunch 35-09.
Nick takes to the hills
New Forest CC’s Nick Tattersall beat “evens” (20mph), clocking 29-34 in the Fareham Wheelers’ hilly 10 on the P829A course starting at Wickham and taking in the grinding climb of Portsdown Hill on Sunday.
“It’s a long old hill up to the top of Portsdown Hill, that’s for sure,” said Nick.
First place went to VC St Raphael’s Simon Berogna with 23-15, a time which beat the old course record by 1-04. Second place went to Chris Birch of East Street Cycles with 23-35.
Nick will be taking part in a 500-mile in five days charity sportive between the Naval Dockyards in Portsmouth and Rossyth in Scotland at the end of this month. The Beat the Block ride will raise funds for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines charity.
Sign up for Sunday
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