By Bob Jolliffe
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BEN Boardman claimed his second victory in a New Forest Cycling Club time trial this year on Sunday when he beat GA Cycles’ Ray Claridge by 16 seconds.
Flooding under the railway bridge in Balmer Lawn Road, Brockenhurst meant the scheduled 16-mile distance could not be completed, so instead the 15-mile version of the same course taking in Beaulieu and Lyndhurst was employed.
Boardman, looking forward to “doing a ride” in the Bournemouth Arrow CC Good Friday 10-miler west of Poole, finished Sunday’s 15 in a time of 36min 13sec with visitor Claridge clocking 36-29 for second.
Boardman’s New Forest CC clubmate James Bannister, climbing ever upwards, went home happy after taking third place with a sparkling 36-39.
GA Cycles’ proprietor Gary Allen claimed fourth with 37-40 from Neil Richardson of Fulton Tri Club (39-15).
Sixth – and third New Forest CC rider – was newcomer Jono Parker Davies with 39-33, while clubmate Stuart Peckham was seventh with 39-47.
Toughest stretch of the course on a bitterly cold and blowy morning was on the exposed section between Stockley Inclosure and Hatchet Pond.
Other times (NFCC unless stated): Tim Childs (Westerley RC) 40-29, Konnor Bracher Walsh 40-35, Peter Wilson (Bournemouth Arrow CC) 40-57, Jon Brooks 41-29, Sacha Ring 41-34, Stewart Ward 42-09, Nigel Wilson 42-10, Stuart Grace (GA Cycles) 43-45, Phil Underwood 44-08, Chris Conrath 45-36, Peter Norris 47-49, Chris Summers (Sotonia CC) 48-51, Martin Balk 54-31.
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