By New Forest CC press secretary Bob Jolliffe
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PAVEMENT-laying, strong winds and damp conditions could not curb the enthusiasm of New Forest Cycling Club members who lined up for the club’s 10-miler on Sunday.
The new kerbs being laid at Sopley meant a reversal of the planned course with the turn at the Castleman Way roundabout at Ringwood instead of the usual one-way system loop to the south where temporary traffic lights ruled supreme.
Short of another puncture, no-one looked likely to beat the flying John Heffernan. And he did not disappoint, cracking off a quick 23-31 and beating Bournemouth Arrow veteran Pete Wilson into second place by 1min 45sec.
New Forest’s James Bannister took third with 25-24, just beating clubmate, ace veteran duathlete Howard Doe by a two-second margin, while evergreen Nick Williams was fifth with 25-31.
Chris victor in battle of brothers
Veteran brothers Bob and Chris Jolliffe rode the Norwich Amateur Bicycle Club 10 at Bungay in Norfolk. Chris, who has been getting in the miles at weekends where he now lives in Suffolk, was riding in his first race of the year. But he still proved the stronger and clocked 26-37 with Bob trailing with a time of 28-31.
Other club 10 times (NFCC unless stated): Dave Hanbury (Sotonia CC) 27-03, Dan Mitchell 27-25, Jo Phillips 27-48, Stuart Peckham 28-26, Peter Weaver 29-13, Dave Wilcock 31-38, Martin Balk 33-52. Nick O’Hara and daughter Laura clocked 27-16 on the family tandem.
I’ve had the following information from Bob Jolliffe, many of the long term members or older riders will remember Geoff racing as well as being involved in club organisation. Former long-term New Forest CC secretary Geoff Smith is in Southampton General Hospital with a broken leg after falling from his bike on the A337 at […]
Update from Bob Jolliffe with his weekend activities – New Forest CC’s 66-year-old Bob Jolliffe had a brilliant social weekend at the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists’ Track Championships at the Derby Arena Velodrome, even if his attempts at racing were lacklustre. Despite only finishing in one event of two entered, the Group F (age […]