By New Forest CC press secretary Bob Jolliffe
DO you fancy trying out your race legs a week before New Forest CC’s club events kick off on Sunday, March 11 with the first of the pair of Forest Circuit Aggregate events based on Holmsley?
If you do, multi-talented veteran all-rounder Glenn Longland has laid on a pair of open 10-mile time trials on the Kings Somborne to Romsey road on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 to mark the 40th anniversary of his first race.
Glenn, who started with Crabwood CC and went on to form Antelope Racing Team, has done it all, and well: cyclo-cross, road racing, track racing and time trialling, at which he excelled, taking the 12-hour competition records in 1983, 1986 and 1991 when he became the first rider to beat 300 miles with a day-long tally of 300.08 miles.
He was also National 12-hour Champion in 1978, 1984-6 and 1989; 100-mile champ in 1984 and 50-mile title-holder in 1986 and 1987. He also won the British Best All-Rounder competition in 1986 and again in 1991.
And he can still turn in some cracking times against the watch, even on his hack bike complete with pannier rack.
Glenn is promoting a solo 10 on the P140, which starts at Compton just south of King’s Somborne and turns at the Greatbridge mini-roundabout at Romsey (take care here) starting at 3pm on the Saturday, and on Sunday is staging a two-up team time trial on the same course with the first pair due to set off south at 9.02am.
Roger Bacon will be riding the two-up with yours truly. I guess New Forest CC can make up a few faster pairings, judging by the enthusiasm for training both on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
Entries are £8 per rider for both events. Send them to Glenn Longland at 32 Testlands Avenue, Nursling, Southampton SO16 0XG by February 21. New-style Cycling Time Trials entry forms can be downloaded from the CTT website.
New Forest CC’s first club time trial is the traditional pipe-opener on the Holmsley-A35-Burley-Holmsley 10-mile circuit the following Sunday. Event HQ is Goatspen car park and the first rider will be away at 9.31am. The second in the series, over 12.8 miles, will take place seven days later.
See you there.
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