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NEW Forest Cycling Club track ace John Heffernan followed up a great eighth place in the European Masters Championships on the Newport Velodrome with a deserved win in his club’s hillclimbs near Fordingbridge.
Heffernan, who bet Hungarian Sandor Szilagyi in the heats of the 50 to 55-year olds’ 2,000-metre pursuit in South Wales by more than two seconds, had a 1.42sec lead over last year’s club anti-gravity champ, junior Hugo Walters in the hillclimbs.
Setting off first man in both sprints up Buddles Hill and then Ogdens Hill, Heffernan clocked a provisional aggregate time of 2min 17.42sec against young Walters’ 2-18.84.
Third place went to Graham Lenton with 2-29.82 while Mark Jefferies was pleased to claim fourth with 2-38.18.
Others (all NFCC): Stuart Peckham 2-41.91, Archie Holgate 2-51.16, Patrick Walters 2-55.97, Will Taylor 3-05.77, James Wadsworth 3-12.92, Peter Holgate 3-16.53, Martin Balk 4-17.21. Ryan Seed suffered a mechanical problem and clocked 36.35sec for the shorter, steeper, Ogdens climb.
On the 250-metre Newport Velodrome the previous weekend, Heffernan clocked 2-35.170 in the heat against Szilagyi’s 2-37.413 for eighth place.
“He was well up on me over the first few laps but by the bell I had pegged him back to neck-and-neck and in the last lap I took out a two second lead,” said Heffernan.
“Only the fastest four qualify for the ride off for the medals.
“The pursuit is a much more technical event than it seems.
“You have to go full gas for the first half lap to get up to speed, then it is a matter of managing the lactic in the legs for the next 7.5 laps whilst holding a good line around the bottom of the track.
“I still have a lot to learn about this event and I hope I can get closer to the medals in the future.”
He has quite a lot of work to do: Gold went to Frenchman Pascal Montier who qualified in 2-20.385 and then clocked an even faster 2-19.501 to beat Brit Peter Ettles in the final. Ettles’ times were 2-24.12 in the heat and 2-24.660 in the final.
Newbury RC’s Ian Greenstreet, who qualified with 2-25.842, took bronze against fellow GB rider Stephen Clayton who was seven seconds in arrears.
The NFCC’s Spring TT Series gets underway on the 4th March 2018 at 9.30am. The first event is the first leg of the two race Forest Circuit Aggregate on P334/10. Everyone is welcome. Please see our guide for more details on these events.
On the 8th July 2018, a group of riders from the club are taking part in Velothon Wales and we’d like to extend the invitation to all NFCC members. We hope this will be the first of a new series of “weekends away” and eventually a longer overseas training event. Later I’ll give a few […]