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Hugo on ascent

By Bob Jolliffe 01425 616525 or bob.jolliffe@btinternet.com

NEW Forest CC crack juvenile Hugo Walters took a deserved fourth place in a third category adult circuit race at Alexandra Park, Portsmouth and followed through with a win in his club’s hill climb competition.
Having gained special permission to race with the seniors, Hugo, who is now 15 years old, has raced against Elite and first and second category riders at Alexandra Park, his best in those quality bunches being a 27th place.
Then last week he competed in a third cat event, over 40 minutes plus three laps. In the final minutes Mitch Webber of Andover Wheelers broke away from the main field. Hugo and two others launched an attack to bridge the gap.
Despite gritting their teeth and giving their all, they could not catch the flying Webber. But Hugo ended up fourth, his best placing in an adult field.
In the third category race, New Forest CC teammates, dad Patrick Walters took 10th place and Graham Jones seventh.
Flyweight Hugo had wings on Buddles Hill and then Ogdens Hill near Fordingbridge in New Forest CC’s hill climb on Sunday.
He clocked 1min 44.7sec on Buddles to beat Jamie Pope by 13.3sec. Sam Jackson was third with 2-2.6. Shortly afterwards Hugo nipped up Ogdens Hill in 37.2sec to beat his father into second by four seconds.
Pope, last year’s overall winner, failed to start at Ogdens.

Heffernan eighth in open

In the Sotonia CC open 25-mile between Andover and Popham on Sunday, John Heffernan recorded another personal best of 56-25 for eighth place, beating second claim member Martin Beale (VC St Raphael) into ninth by 25secs.
Gary Lock, who has recently produced a crop of fast 10 times, also clocked a “personal”, dipping under the hour for the first time with 59-42 for 14th.
Spare a thought for Forest veteran Terry Jefferies who punctured twice, once while warming up and then again six miles into the competition. Unsurprisingly, he did not finish.
Utag-Yamaha’s Julian Jenkinson took top honours with a quick 51-56 from Paul Jones (Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers) with 52-36 and Terry Icke (Poole Whrs) 55-32.
Hill climb times, Buddles Hill: Hugo Walters 1min 44.7sec, Sam Jackson 2-2.6, Stuart Peckham 2-6.0, Patrick Walters 2-16.7, David Wilson 2-24.8; Ogdens Hill: H Walters 37.2secs, P Walters 41.4, S Peckham 43.6, S Jackson 46.2, D Wilson 53.0; Aggregate for overall: H Walters 2-21.9, Jackson 2-28.8, Peckham 2-49.6, P Walters 2-58.1, Wilson 3-17.8.

Julia misses out on World Champs but former Forest juvenile Jon makes junior road team

Despite setting a new British competition record for 25 miles and taking second place in the women’s event in the joint Cycling Time Trials/British Cycling time trial championships this year, Bramshaw’s Julia Shaw has failed to make the World Championship squad.
At the last minute, British Cycling selectors cut Shaw and Sharon Laws from Tuesday’s time trial championship race, leaving last year’s World Champion Emma Pooley as the only GB contender.
Only last week Pooley had expressed doubts as to whether the pan-flat circuit would suit her, suggesting a heavier and more powerful rider would do better. Certainly, the terrain would be perfect for Shaw who had made the event her target for the season.
The good news though, is that Ashurst’s Jon Dibben (Hargroves Cycles), a former New Forest CC juvenile, will represent Great Britain in the 126km junior title race to be held on Saturday.
His teammates will be Owain Doull, Matthew Holmes, Sam Lowe and Alistair Slater.

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