By New Forest CC Press Secretary Bob Jolliffe
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THE weekend brought successes to New Forest Cycling Club riders despite inclement conditions on Sunday.
Saturday morning saw Ben Boardman capitalise on his form, which saw him crack off a 22-04 in a Lancaster CC club 10 on the quick Levens course on August Bank Holiday Monday, by taking second place in the Reading CC 10-mile at Aldermaston in a time of 22-44, just 24 seconds behind winner Jonathan Hobby’s 22-20.
It was Boardman’s first top placing in an open time trial and the best “open” placing by a New Forest CC rider this season.
The following morning he was in action again at Upton in the rain-drenched Poole Wheelers’ 25 where he clocked a personal best 58-08, improving 1-49.
Heffernan hews 3-45 from his PB
But a far larger improvement came from his clubmate John Heffernan, who upped his game by reducing his PB from 1-01-12 to a rapid 57-27.
Second claim New Forest member Martin Beale (VC St Raphael) finished 20 seconds down on Boardman while New Milton’s Stuart Grace (GA Cycles) rattled off a classy 1-00-45.
Winner was VC St Raphael’s Simon Tout in 52-27 from A3CRG’s Sebastian Ader who was two seconds slower.
Wet, windy . . . and fast
The rain poured too for the 20 riders who lined up in front of the timekeeper in New Forest CC’s club 10 on the Lyndhurst-Leygreen-Ipley loop.
But, as sometimes happens, the wet conditions and a helpful wind on the long leg, improved conditions and led to a round of personal and season’s bests.
Most notable were those of Gary Lock and Hugo Walters.
Following his 24-08 in the last Bournemouth Arrow CC evening 10, triathlete Lock, from Pennington, lopped 15 seconds from his best to yet again be the fastest home-team rider in third overall with 23-49, while Walters, who has just celebrated his 15th birthday, hacked a huge 1min 7sec from his best to take fifth place in 24-41.
James Bannister, who has improved consistently during the season, took fourth with 24-36 and Nick Williams returned to form with 24-57.
Dad and daughter Nick and Laura O’Hara powered around in 27-08 on the family tandem.
Winner was Southampton Road Club’s Harry Bulstrode in a rapid 21-51 from New Milton’s Tony Green (GA Cycles) in 23-11.
Other club 10 times (NFCC unless stated): Martyn Dymond 25-07, Terry Jefferies 25-12, Chris Hughes 25-13, Rob Branston 25-58, Dan Mitchell 26-05, Richard Mason 26-43, Gary Plumb 26-59, Nigel Gemmell 27-21, Konnor Bracher-Walsh 27-32, Claire Fraser (Army CU) 27-51, Nick Cooper (private trial) 29-02, David Wilcock 31-46, Martin Balk 32-42. Reading CC 10: Bob Jolliffe 29-50.
Lock has the key
Gary Lock proved he is New Forest CC’s top descender when he took victory in the classic finale of New Forest CC’s evening events: the “Downhill” at Hincheslea, between Wootton and Brockenhurst.
Unlike last year, there was a good turnout for the fun freewheel.
Regular winner and first man off, club secretary Peter Weaver, set the standard and was first past the traffic sign warning of pinch points.
Then Morgan Williams arrived to take the lead. Chris Hughes did his utmost to stay upright and outdo PC Williams . . . and fell off in his unsuccessful effort. Two inches was the tiny gap.
“How the hell did they get up there?” was the question posed by Martin Beale as he finished well out of the placings.
“It’s the aero tuck,” was the response from one of the top trio, probably CH.
Another fancied contender, president Roger Bacon, also ended up way down the field and was left wondering what had happened to his famed aerodynamicism.
Then late starter Lock hove into sight and proved he had the key to undo the derring-do of the flying threesome, outclassing them by about 5ft 6in, more than a bike’s length.
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