By Bob Jolliffe.
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RACE favourite Ben Cadie lived up to his billing and rode away from the Sotonia Cycling Club hillclimb at West Dean £150 to the good after beating last year’s victory into second place by a full 14 seconds on Sunday.
Cadie, 24, who lives at Up Somborne, earned his scratch status by dint of winning a shorter climb on Dean Hill in March.
This version started in the centre of West Dean and, for Cadie, finished a grinding, gut-wrenching five minutes and a single second later at the summit of Dean Hill a tortuous mile-and-a-quarter away.
It was an immense ride for the Sotonia member which finished on a bone-jarring surface with a 12 per cent gradient over the final section past the cheering spectators up to the timekeeper.
Last starter Cadie’s ride was 14 seconds too good for Brook Elgie (Peter Hansford Racing) who had another eight seconds in hand over third-placed Oscar White of Somerset Road Club whose 5-27 made him fastest junior.
Fourth place went jointly to Jahan Hunter of Manchester Wheelers and Elgie’s teammate Ollie Hitchings who both clocked 5-32.
Sotonia’s Phil Wilks took sixth with 5-34. His clubmate Graham Vail was first veteran aged 40 to 49 with 5-40 and tied for seventh with Ray Hughes (Clarence Whlrs) who was fastest in the 50-59 age group, while Sotonia’s Martin Ward was first 60-plus rider with 7-21.
Cameron Taylor was first home club junior in ninth overall with 5-43 while New Forest CC’s 16-year-old Hugo Walters was 11th with 5-50. Between the two juniors in 10th was Sotonia’s Jon Legg with 5-47.
Last rider inside six minutes was Legg’s clubmate Richard Burch with 5-57.
Others (Sotonia CC unless stated): Brian Minard 6-00, Sean Holehouse 6-05, Darren Sell 6-48, David White and Sean Withill both 6-53, Zondy Webber 6-58, Robert Smart 7-02, Julian Sheppard 7-10, Greg Vint 7-33, Daniel Sahota 7-43, John Sanchez-Bisson (Crabwood CC) 7-48 and Joanne Horsnell who took the women’s prize with 8-06.
Gridiron success in the sun
Eight New Forest CC members tackled the CTC’s annual Gridiron ride taking in as many cattlegrids in the New Forest as event organiser, New Forest CC’s very own John Jackson, could find.
David Wilson and Phil Underwood, both tackled the 65-mile ride, which began and ended at Boldre War Memorial Hall, in separate groups with friends.
Club president, super-tourist Roger Bacon, coach Barry Wootten, secretary Peter Weaver and wife Carolyn trundled around in the autumn sunshine along with juveniles Will Taylor and Ryan Seed.
Three members of the sextet suffered punctures, but that didn’t stop the group getting around in an enjoyable six hours, said Roger.
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