Bob still collecting the medals
As a member of the Portsmouth Transplant Squad Bob Jolliffe took silver in the 5km time trial which was won by Graham Strugnell from Kent,and gold medal in the 10km road race (both 60-69 age categories) in the UK Transplant Sport Games on Friday evening at the UCLan sports centre Preston, Lancs.
Bob had to settle for second place was beaten by Graham Strugnell of Kent in the time trial. However, in the “go-from-the-gun” road race Bob stayed in fourth place during the first three of seven laps of the 1.5km circuit, did a long stint on the front for almost a full lap on lap four which probably cost him dearly as he started to struggle after that, especially after a big breakaway effort by eventual winner Richard Smith. The riders reaching road race speeds of 45 km per hour. Nine riders, all in younger age categories finished about 15 seconds ahead of Bob who was also pipped on the line by in the sprint for 10th by half a wheel.
Overall winner of the road race was Richard Smith (40-49 yrs) of Bridgnorth, Shropshire while fellow Portsmouth teammate Tim Jenkins (who is a member of Fareham Wheelers) took second in the sprint and gold in the 30-39 yrs category to add to his gold in the time trial.
Bob is celebrating his fifth anniversary of a kidney transplant that took place on August 25th 2009. Last year he took bronze medals in the time trial and road race in the World Transplant Games in Durban, SA and the year before took two silvers in the UK games in Medway, Kent.
I’ve had the following information from Bob Jolliffe, many of the long term members or older riders will remember Geoff racing as well as being involved in club organisation. Former long-term New Forest CC secretary Geoff Smith is in Southampton General Hospital with a broken leg after falling from his bike on the A337 at […]
Weekend Round-up 28th Oct – Updated!!
Update from Bob Jolliffe with his weekend activities – New Forest CC’s 66-year-old Bob Jolliffe had a brilliant social weekend at the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists’ Track Championships at the Derby Arena Velodrome, even if his attempts at racing were lacklustre. Despite only finishing in one event of two entered, the Group F (age […]