By Bob Jolliffe
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IT might have been a parkland course but, according to New Forest CC’s Martyn Dymond, some steep climbs in the Bill Higson Memorial Cross at Reading, made it a bit of a brute.
Martyn, who is currently the only New Forest member riding cyclo cross, took 16th place from the 73 competing in the veterans’ event in the Reading CC promotion at Prospect Park on Sunday.
“It was all grass with some hilly climbs. It was the toughest course I’ve done all season by a long way,” said Martyn.
Matt Woods of Hargroves Cycles took first place in the vets’ race from Sean Williams of Wight Mountain. Swindon Road Club’s Crispin Doyle was victorious in the senior race.
The events were part of the Wessex League series.
High hills equals high heart rates
Martyn was not the only New Forest CC member taking on some rigorous climbing on Sunday.
Club president Roger Bacon, secretary Peter Weaver and up-and-coming time triallist Gary Lock tackled the 73 miles distance in the South Downs Sportive, while Mike Ahearn and Phil Collins took on the even bigger challenge of the 100-miler.
According to Roger, Butser Hill was brutal, with a strong headwind for its full length while the one in six clamber up South Harting Hill was close to being a killer, sending heart rates soaring.
But as a tired-sounding Roger reported: “We got up there. I’m still alive . . . just.”
Pub ride Thursday
New Forest CC’s monthly pub ride will take place on Thursday (October 27) meeting outside the Wheel Inn, Sway Road, Pennington and pedalling off at 7.30pm around a circuit taking in Walhampton, Sowley, Lodge Lane, East Boldre, Hatchet Pond, Bull Hill, Pilley, Boldre, Shirley Holms, Pitmore Lane and back to the Wheel Inn for a refreshing and well kept pint or two and a chat before heading our separate ways for home sometime after 10pm.
All members are welcome, but remember, this is not a race, nor is it training: it’s a social ride. (But that doesn’t stop the presssure being put on in a few places!)
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