The wet and particularly blustery conditions meant that that only the brave and somewhat foolhardy ventured out to participate in the New Forest CC 2 up event on the popular P164 course, starting at Boltons Bench, heading to Beaulieu, before turning left to Ipley Crossroads and left again to Beaulieu Road Station. The committee decided that the conditions were not conducive for a safe 2 up event, so the reduced field of 13 riders went out individually. The windy conditions battered the riders with a gusting side wind on the first leg to Beaulieu, but it was the last leg from Ipley cross roads to Beaulieu Road Station that really tested the resolve and fitness, as a brutal headwind reduced speeds to barely over 10 mph. The pick of the field was again the duet of Steve Whitewick and Julian Jenkinson on the tandem in 23:17, whilst a titanic battle ensued between NFCC riders Andrew Hanley and Graham Lenton, with Andrew Hanley prevailing by a mere 7 seconds in 26:03 from Grahams’s 26:10. Richard Mason worked hard by break under the 30 minute barrier and made it in 29:42. Dave Eardley was fourth, followed by Paula Eardley and Catherine Pascoe made up the top NFCC six places.
For full results please visit the NFCC web site
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