By New Forest Cycling Club press secretary Bob Jolliffe
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NEW Forest Cycling Club’s Ben Boardman and second claim “Forest” member Martin Beale both took advantage of balmy weather conditions to dip below the hour on the Kingston 25-mile circuit.
An elated Beale (VC St Raphael), who is now well on his way to a full recovery from a chest infection that kept him off his bike for several weeks in the spring, said it was not just the first time he had been under the hour this season, but it was also his first time “under” on the course, south of Ringwood.
His ride, completed with a whoop of delight, provided him with a time of 59-40 on the two-lapper, not noted for producing fast times.
Boardman, who started last, three minutes behind Beale, took second place overall with 59-58, earned himself three club championship points and beat his minute-man Kevin King (Sotonia CC) into third by a solid minute and 22 seconds.
Bournemouth Arrow CC veteran Pete Wilson was fourth with 1-02-10 and his friend and work colleague, New Forest’s Stuart Peckham, was a single second slower in fifth with a new personal best of 1-02-11.
New Forest riders Steve Roberts and Stuart Ward took sixth and seventh with 1-03-43 and 1-03-45 respectively, Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers’ Steve Groome was eighth with 1-04-12, while second claim New Forest member and fixed wheel specialist Stuart Grace (GA Cycles) was ninth with 1-4-37.
Another rider to do particularly well was junior Konnor Bracher-Walsh, who is in training for the Land’s End to John O’Groats ride to be undertaken with his uncle Dug Hickin in early July. He clocked a new personal best of 1-09-09 which earned him first handicap award.
Other times (NFCC unless stated): James Bannister 1-05-38, Andrew Hanley 1-06-31, Rob Ellis (VC St Raphael/second claim NFCC) 1-06-38, John Solomon (Primera) 1-07-08, Phil Underwood 1-08-01, Richard Mason 1-08-07 (second handicap), David Wilson 1-08-17, Richard Rajski 1-08-50, Keith Bradfield 1-09-28, Joe Philips 1-09-32, Hugh Roper 1-10-00, Nick Tattersall 1-12-02, Peter Weaver 1-12-13, Geoff Weller 1-15-37 (PB), Donna Shaw 1-15-49, Phil Jones 1-16-20, Antony Moyle 1-16-42, Richard Wills 1-17-21 (third handicap), Chris Mills 1-21-51.
John on track at Bournemouth
Meanwhile, current club champ John Heffernan was in form in the Track League at Bournemouth’s new 250 metre outdoor velodrome where he was upgraded to the B group.
“I managed fourth in the Devil, third in the 15 lap scratch and sixth in the 60 lap A & B scratch race,” he said.
“The races are short and sharp with multiple sprinting opportunities. They make a good alternative to those with a bit of track experience who, like me, don’t think they can manage two TTs in a week without becoming a bit ‘one paced’.”
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