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Dymond kicks off cross season in Brighton

By New Forest Cycling Club Press Secretary Bob Jolliffe
Contact him with your news on 01425 616525 or at bob.jolliffe@btinternet.com

NEW Forest Cycling Club veteran all-rounder Martyn Dymond kicked off his cyclocross season with 35th place in a substantial field of 93 at Brighton on Sunday.
Dymond, 48, who has been turning in some good time trial performances towards the latter part of the season, was the only Wessex League rider to make the journey east to the London League event promoted by Preston Park Youth Cycling Club at Happy Valley Park.
Winner was VC Londres’ Jules Birks who finished 2-46 ahead of Jack Finch of VC Deal, who also picked up the junior award.

Heffernan defies wind to clock new pb

New Forest CC 50-year-old veteran John Heffernan powered his way through the stiff southerly wind to win Sotonia CC’s club 10 on the Lyndhurst/Ipley Cross course on Sunday morning.
Despite the tough breeze on the long outward leg to Leygreen, Heffernan nipped another eight seconds from his best reducing it to 23-21.
Second place went to the promoting club’s Colin Yeates with 24-16, while New Forest’s Gary Lock took third with 24-35 from GA Cycles’ Richard Blake (24-54).

Cluster collapse

Mechanical problems put paid to the chances of a fast time by New Forest’s Terry Jefferies and VC St Raphael’s Martin Beale in the Wessex Veteran Time Trials Association Grand Prix des Gentlemen 25 organised by Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers near Wool in Dorset.
Jefferies calculated they were on a 58-minute ride when he looked around to find Beale had disappeared after exiting a roundabout at about 15 miles. However, after turning and making running repairs to Beale’s collapsing gear cluster, the pair still returned a time of 1-3-14.
Fastest team in the two-up, in which a younger rider paces a veteran partner, was Poole Wheelers’ super-vet Terry Icke and former Olympian Gary Dighton with 54-46.

Bunch finishes at Pompey

At the Mountbatten Centre in Alexandra Park, Portsmouth, New Forest CC’s crack juvenile Hugo Walters finished in the bunch in the 50 minutes plus two laps Elite/First and Second Category circuit race.
Andy Betteridge and John Heffernan also finished in the main field in the Third and Fourth category race over 40 minutes plus two laps.

The lady’s not for turning (in the rain)

Bramshaw’s multi time trial champion Julia Shaw (Drag2Zero) eventually managed to get selection for the World Championship race in Copenhagen, despite being dropped from the GB short list in the final week.
But rain and sharp bends on the course meant she did not feel comfortable and she finished in an unaccustomed 17th place 1min 49.88sec behind winner Judith Arndt from Germany. Linda Melanie Villumsen of New Zealand took silver while GB’s defending champion Emma Pooley collected the bronze medal 24.13sec behind Arndt.

Dibben best GB rider in World’s TT

Former New Forest CC juvenile Jon Dibben (Hargroves Cycles) from Totton was best British performer in the junior time trial taking eighth place, 48.04sec behind gold medallist, Denmark’s Mads Wurtz.
Dibben finished the 126km junior road race in the main field in 34th position, just three seconds behind the small group containing winner Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier of France.

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