New Forest Cycling Club held the first of two hilly time trials on the attritional Thorney Hill P341 circuit on Tuesday this week. The course starts at Thorney Hill, descends into Burley, heading off towards Crow before the final sting in the tail of the Braggers Lane climb is tackled before the finishing line. If the course wasn’t testing enough, classic spring time British weather added to the event in the form of showers and a stiff south westerly. It was Ben Boardman who overcame Gary Lock by 23 seconds in times of 23:42 and 24:05 respectively. Ben commented after the race that he knew he had to save a bit before the Braggers Lane climb, as time can easily be lost there, you know the end is near so you can empty the tank and hang on til the finish. Previous winner of the Hill series, Stuart Peckham came in in third place, but has a lot of work to do to close the gap on the leaders to regain the title. It looks to be a two horse race between Ben and Gary to claim the series win in a few weeks’ time. For full results please go to the NFCC web site.
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