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John heads the B League

WHILE the majority of New Forest Cycling Club’s racing cyclists have been clocking up the miles, John Heffernan has been keeping the speed in his legs on the indoor track at Calshot.

Veteran John, from Brockenhurst said that with one week left of the winter track series to go he had “an unassailable lead” in the B League.

“We have 5 to 8 races a week from 700m sprints to 5km points races. I usually do better in the longer races with a fairly straightforward tactic of “go from the gun,” he said.

“It doesn’t always work, the sprinters often get the better of me, but it has earned me enough points to win the B league with a week to spare.

“The races are as much about tactics as they are about speed, though it is much easier to be a tactical genius if you have good legs! The atmosphere is very relaxed with a strong youth category.

“It would be good to see some more NFCC riders there next year. It certainly beats riding in the rain and snow in December and January.”

John amassed 72 points from his six league outings beating second-placed Mark Moss (Poole Whlrs) by 28 points.

New Forest CC clubmate Andy Betteridge was doing well with 17 points from two meets but was forced out through injury, while second claim Forest member Rob Ellis (VC St Raphael) was fourth.

CLOCK up the miles, see some super scenery and help send transplant athletes off to the World Games in South Africa this summer by taking part in New Forest CC’s Charity Reliability Trials on Sunday (FEB 17).
There are 50-mile and 75-and-a-bit-mile routes from East Boldre Village Hall near Beaulieu at 9am and 9.30am. Choose between 50 in 3hrs, 3-30 or 4hrs and 75 in 4hrs, 4-30 or 5hrs. Entries, £5, will be taken from 8.15am.
Organiser is Bob Jolliffe, a TSUK GB&NI transplant team member who will be taking part in the time trial and road race in Durban in late July. Contact him on 01425 616525 or email bob.jolliffe@btinternet.com for more information.

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