By Bob Jolliffe 01425 616525
RINGWOOD top triathlete James Gilfillan was the worthy winner of Reading Cycling Club’s annual Clive Pugh Memorial 25-mile time trial at Bentley on Sunday.
Gilfillan punctured while warming up on his turbo trainer but had time in hand to make the change before heading to the start.
Once on the course he was riding fluently and lost no time in catching his minute-man, New Forest CC’s Bob Jolliffe. Gilfillan’s aim was to beat his Contre la Montre veteran teammate Stephen Whitewick.
However, being midway through a block of training for the upcoming National Time Trial Championship, the Totton veteran pulled out of the event leaving the way open to Gilfillan to win in a sparkling 52min 8sec on a blowy morning.
Second place went to A3CRG’s Sebastian Ader with 53-56 and Newbury RC’s Ian Greenstreet was third with 54-13.
Sotonia CC’s Gawain Young (59-18), Jonathan Legg (1-02-10) and Colin Crocker (1-04-56) won the second team award. Other local times: Stephen Wood (Antelope RT) 1-00-03, Bob Jolliffe 1-14-48, Chris Summers (Sotonia) 1-14-56.
Second claim New Forest CC member Martin Beale (VC St Raphael) punctured at about 20 miles and retired.
Fenner first again
Nowra Velo’s Mark Fenner took another club event victory in the Bournemouth Arrow test south of Ringwood on Thursday clocking a rapid 20-49 and beating James Gilfillan into second place by 10 seconds.
VC St Raphael’s Bryce Dyer was a further 58 seconds in arrears for third.
Leighton Girling (Poole Whrs) was fourth with 22-49, Ian Diaper (Bournemouth Jubilee Whrs) next with 23-37 and Peter Wilson (Bournemouth Arrow) sixth with 23-59.
New Forest CC riders filled the next four places: Stuart Peckham clocked 24-12, Howard Doe 24-33, Geri Robinson 24-58 and Richard Rajski 25-32. There were 23 finishers.
Bryson victorious at Nomansland
Contre la Montre’s Andy Bryson claimed top spot in Sotonia CC’s 10 on the tough Nomansland-Redlynch circuit with a time of 25-41 from former Sotonia fastman, veteran Terry Gradidge (Sodbury Cycle Sport) with 28-32 and Richard Burch of the home club with 28-40.
Fourth went to New Forest CC’s Phil Wilks with 30-05 followed by a raft of Sotonia riders: Sam Harper 30-33, Phil 30-42, Cameron Taylor (mountain bike) 31-48, Jonathan Northcott 32-08, Andrew Jones 32-12, Ted Knowlton (MTB) 32-37, Keiron Batt 33-09, Phil Connell 33-54, Colin Crocker (MTB) 34-41, Martin Ward (MTB) 39-20. Come and Try It rider Donna Lovelock clocked 38-56.
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