By New Forest CC press secretary Bob Jolliffe
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AN emergency call for assistance has gone out from Maggie Bracher whose 16-year-old mile-eating son Konnor will be attempting the 960-mile Land’s End John O’Groats ride with his Uncle Dug next weekend.
Maggie said: “We’ve had a bit of a hiccup on the LEJOG front and have lost one of our support crew for Konnor due to a family crisis.
“I know that this is really short notice but we desperately need a third support crew member to be able to share the driving of the motorhome and preferably be comfortable with repairing punctures, changing tyres etc.
“So far Konnor’s crew are myself and one of Dug’s Marine colleagues.
“We are aiming to be in Taunton for about 5.00 on Friday evening (July 6) for a meal with everybody at Dug’s work ‘pad’.
“We are sleeping there and driving to Land’s End on Saturday morning with a view to starting the ride at 2pm on Saturday. We are aiming for the lads to finish the ride by Tuesday (July 10) afternoon or evening.
“We have a campsite booked for Tuesday night for those of us who want to stay there and are starting the drive back to Taunton on Wednesday (July 11).
“I know this is clutching at straws, but I live in hope that somebody might be able to get off work for a few days and would like a fleeting glimpse of the UK countryside albeit, some of it in the dark!”
Anyone who can help out with this worthwhile ride which will raise money for the University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust and the Go Commando charities should contact Maggie as soon as possible at email@example.com.
Beale on form
Second claim New Forest CC member Martin Beale clocked 23-19 for fourth place in Bournemouth Arrow CC’s 10 on the Ringwood-Sopley course in dry but windy weather on Thursday evening behind Simon Thomas of KTM, first with 23-07, and GA Cycles’ pair Simon Barnes (23-08) and Ray Claridge (23-12).
New Forest CC’s Colin Humm was eighth with 24-15, clubmate Stuart Peckham, who punctured in the club’s 15 two days earlier, was 11th with 24-36 and Howard Doe 14th with 25-24.
Stuart Peckham said he was “quite chuffed” to take fourth place in the 40 to 44 age category in the Derek Witt Memorial Road Race staged by the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists at Kilmeston at the weekend.
He and clubmate Stuart Ward are to take part in the first of the Heath Road Race series, organised by Sotonia CC on Tuesday evening.
Broken collarbone sidelines pusher-off Peter
Spare a thought for committee member and regular pusher-off Peter Norris who has broken a collarbone while coming a cropper on a cattle grid on his way to work.
Over to Peter who said: “I was riding to work on Thursday morning. It was a damp misty morning. I was nearing the last cattle grid on the B3054 heading towards The Heath roundabout at Dibden Purlieu.
“Glancing at my watch I decided to increase my pace a little up to 17mph so as to make it to work in good time.
“Crossing the cattle grid my front wheel suddenly went from under me on the last bar of the grid and I hit the road pretty hard.
“On impact I knew there was going to be some damage.
“I dragged myself and bike to the side of the road and sat there for a moment as the pain increased.
“I managed to call an ambulance with my mobile phone. A cyclist pulled up and stayed with me until ambulance arrived. His name was Ryan and he was on his way to work at Fawley.
“He has ridden for a short time with our club in the past and I encouraged him to visit our website and maybe try a couple of 10s.
“I would like to thank him for staying with me and seeing me safely on the ambulance. I hope we meet again at a New Forest 10.”
It turns out Peter had broken his right clavicle which was too awkward to join with plates and screws “so the surgeon could only wash it all out and try to line it up as best possible”.
There is a 70% chance the bones will fuse together. If they don’t another operation may be needed.
Peter said there is a moral to his story: “Be careful out there, it is easy to become complacent.”
But there is a bright side: “At least whilst I am off work recovering I can watch the Tour.”
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