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Humm hammers around short course

By Press Secretary Bob Jolliffe

Contact him on 01425 616525 or at bob.jolliffe@btinternet.com

TRIATHLETE Colin Humm took top honours in New Forest Cycling Club’s latest championship-counting competition clocking 53min 23sec on a course reduced from 25 miles to 22.4 because of road works.
Humm hammered around two laps of the Kingston, Sopley, Bransgore, North Kingston circuit to beat his nearest challenger Steve Roberts by more than four minutes.
The course had to be diverted along Derritt Lane because of road works at Winkton which meant riders missed out on the part of the course to the Crown Crossroads at Bransgore.
Roberts, who finished with a time of 57-19, beat third placed Chris Hughes by three seconds.
Geri Robinson, who like Hughes has turned in improved performances this season, was fourth with 57-47 from Hugh Roper (58-19) and Richard Mason (58-36).
Other club 25 times (NFCC unless stated): Ian Matthews (private trial under the Come and Try It scheme) 59-10, Jamie Pope 59-25, Dan Mitchell 59-36, Richard Rajski 1-00-18, Dave Wilson 1-00-46, Tony Strickland (Bournemouth Arrow CC) 1-01-06, Brian Garrard (BACC) 1-01-14, Keith Bradfield 1-01-40, Phil Underwood 1-01-48, Konnor Bracher-Walsh 1-02-49, Joe Phillips 1-03-43, Denise Bennett (Come and Try It) 1-04-29.

Bognor 50 cancelled
With the Bognor Regis CC 50 incorporating the Wessex Veterans’ Time Trial Association championship cancelled because of road works, it was a quiet week for time trialling in the South.

Two on Le Tour
On Monday, July 11 Hugh Roper and James Bannister took part one of the toughest challenges of their cycling lives in Act 1 of the Etape De Tour from Modane to Alpe d’Huez in France.

The route is 109.5km taking in three significant climbs: the Col du Telegraphe, the Col du Galibier and finishes with the famous 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez.

James said: “For me personally it was the hardest cycling event I’ve participated in, it was hot, my Garmin recorded 107.6F at the bottom of Alpe d’Huez with an average temperature of 86F for the whole ride.

“Ten thousand riders started in batches every five minutes from Modane in what was a very well organised if brutal event. I’m not sure of the exact figure but something like 3,000 didn’t finish!

“Unfortunately I cramped three hours into it at the top of the Galibier, which is the highest climb in the Tour de France reaching 2650m at the summit.

“Hugh at this stage was going great guns and left me behind as I had to take some time to get some salty foods on board and do some vigorous rubbing.

“Hugh’s cramps struck him six hours into the ride as he flew up Alp Duez; corner nine was his undoing . . .

“Alpe d’Huez was brutal as it was mile 60-70 of the ride. All I could do was a mile at a time and crawl up, Hugh after corner nine was in a similar position.

“I finished in 8hr 38min and Hugh was around 50 minutes faster.

“Lessons learned? Train harder!”

I reckon we will see the benefits of these two epic rides coming through in a club event soon. BJ

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