A full field of 50 riders took to the start line in the third of the New Forest Cycling Clubs 10 series. A beautiful warm spring evening greeted the riders but they were hampered by a mild North Easterly breeze which hampered their progress for the first half of the course towards Beaulieu from Lyndhurst. NFCC rider Ben Boardman secured his first victory of the year in Division 1, edging out Sasha Ring by twelve seconds in 23:26 and 23:34 respectively. Ben used his power to weight ratio count in full on the final drag up to Ferny Croftys near the end of the course. Antony Green shook up the podium positions with a strong ride pushing James Bannister into fourth place. Ben was delighted with his victory and is confident that there is more to come after early season illness. Lyndon Thompson again held all the cards in Division 2 with a closely fought victory ahead of the improving Richard Mason and Bob Dowling who are breathing down his neck. With only twenty one seconds separating the riders, Division 2 promises to be a tight affair all season. Richard Mason commented that all the hard work undertaken during the winter is clearly paying dividends and is thrilled with the results.
Division three continued the close contest theme as Adrian Hunt prevailed over Adam Conti by a mere ten seconds in 28:47 and 28:57 respectively. Peter Hawker came in a bit further back in 32:14 to take third place.
Dave Dent representing Offshore RT was the quickest of the private entries with the fastest time of the evening in 23:04, Phil Wilks riding for Sotonia CC (23:24) just held off Ray Claridge from GA Cycles (23:33). Local cycling club 3CCC also provided a strong continent of riders with half the 3CCC ladies race team participating in the event.
After disappointment due to the cancellation of the TT last week, this week Aron Kelly managed the win he’s been training for. After giving up triathlon to focus on the bike, he’s hoping to have more success this year. His partner Sonia Laurie was also fastest female, with a strong field of 5 NFCC female […]
Forget the hype of Wout Van Aert, the absence of Mathieu Van der Poel, the strength of Phillipe Gilbert and the bad form of Peter Sagan. From an idea 8 months ago, NFCC member Matt Cafferky (and Bill Mayes) tackled the event. Over to Matt in a fantastic report … here