By Bob Jolliffe
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CURRENT New Forest Cycling Club champion Gary Lock secured
his first victory of the season in his club’s 12.8-mile time trial around the
arduous Holmsley-Brockenhurst-Rhinefield circuit on Sunday.
Clocking 31min 11sec in cool, damp, but relatively still
conditions, he beat last year’s winner, VC St Raphael’s Andy Rivett, into
second place by a handsome margin of 25 seconds.
Third place was taken by New Forest’s Ben Boardman, winner of
the club’s 10-miler the previous weekend, in 32-09.
After prolonged heavy rain, the event was held in a short
dry window. However, the inclement conditions reduced the field to just 10
Fourth place was taken by the Forest’s ever-improving James
Bannister who, after being caught for a minute by Lock, fought hard to be
dropped by only a further 11 seconds.
Stuart Peckham took fifth in 35-16 and newly signed-up
Forest member Sacha Ring did well to finish just 11 seconds adrift with 35-27.
Another new member Jon Brooks clocked 36-33, old hand Phil
Underwood 39-28, another newbie, Chris Conrath took ninth with 40-30 and “Come
and Try It” rider Ros was tenth with 42-55.
In wet and windy weather in the Farnborough & Camberley
CC event at Bentley the previous afternoon New Forest veteran Bob Jolliffe clocked
his season’s fastest 10 of 29-01, while second claim member Martin Beale (VC St
Raphael) was almost five minutes faster with 24-04.
Sotonia CC’s Stuart Martingale was on form with a cracking
22-33 while his 60-years-plus clubmate Dave Hanbury finished with 26-55 to his
Last year’s winner Adam Topham (High Wycombe CC) failed to
finish after breaking his chain within the first couple of miles.
Victory went to the RAF Cycling Association’s Justyn Cannon
win a sparkling 20-47 from Kingston Wheelers’ Steve Irwin (21-17) and John McClelland
of Prestige Velo Club (21-22).
It may seem a bit early to be talking about cyclocross but, to quote the organiser of the first race “it is only 32 sleeps to the first race of the season!” The New Forest Cycling Club is now affiliated to the Wessex Cyclocross League for the 2019/2020 season. This means that NFCC riders will […]
Ray Claridge won last night’s TT with a 36:04, a very good time that would likely have had his 3 minute man and second placed rider Stuart Peckham just in sight on the last rise to the finish. The evening had an unhelpful wind direction, but was warm and at least rain free. A further […]