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NEW Forest Cycling Club was victorious again in the annual inter-club competition against Southampton’s Crabwood CC winning both first and second legs.
Crabwood fielded a severely depleted team of just three of the half-dozen required for the second round. That problem was compounded when on-form veteran Dave England punctured and retired at about half distance in the 10-mile time trial on the Beaulieu Road/Ipley Cross loop on a soggy Tuesday evening.
Forest riders filled the top six positions, ably led by Gary Lock who clocked 22-08, just 14 seconds away from his personal best set just the previous week.
Visitor Ollie Hitchings (Peter Hansford Racing) was second overall with 22-40 and Ben Boardman took third, but more importantly was second in the New Forest team, with 23-03.
GA Cycles’ Ray Claridge was fourth overall with 23-18. He was followed by three other New Forest team counters: Chris Grant (24-36), juvenile Hugo Walters (24-37) and James Bannister (24-49).
Southampton Tri Club’s Mike Zollo was eighth overall with 24-54 and Geri Robinson completed the winning squad with 25-07.
Forest riders Rob Brinsdon and Howard Doe filled the next two slots with 25-13 and 25-15, unattached rider Alistair Rogers was 12th with 25-19 followed by Crabwood’s first counter, Pat Lafford, with 25-21.
Other times (NFCC unless stated): Peter Bolke (Sholing All Stars) 25-24, Dan Mitchell 25-49, Joe Phillips 25-51, Nick Williams 26-08, Tom Butler 26-12, Hugh Roper 26-17, Richard Rajski 26-23, Richard Mason 26-44, Gary Plumb 27-42, Andy Evans (unattached) 27-29, Tom Smith (Soton University RC) 27-33, Ryan Blake (Soton Tri Club) 28-12, Steve Gordon (unattached) 28-13, Andy Stevens (Crabwood CC) 28-22, Geoff Weller and Rosie Hillary (Soton TC) tied with 28-32 and , Chris Mills 28-37, Chris Summers (Sotonia CC) 28-54, Donna Shaw 29-10, Phil Jones 29-41, Ryan Seed 29-44, Pete Hawker 29-51, Martin Balk 30-14.
New Forest CC won the first leg with 23 points and the second with 21 against Crabwood’s 55 and 57.
Konnor completes End-to-End ahead of schedule
New Forest CC juvenile Konnor Bracher-Walsh and his uncle Dug Hickin completed their arduous 960-mile Land’s End John O’Groats charity ride with more than two hours in hand over their 72-hour target.
Konnor emailed the following message back to Hampshire: “Just to let you know we finished the ride yesterday morning in 69 hours and 23 minutes. That’s 2hr 37min ahead of schedule.
“Very tired and there’s not one part of our bodies that don’t hurt, but it was worth it in the end.”
Konnor is raising money for the University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust and his uncle for the Go Commando charity.
Club president and racing secretary Roger Bacon wants to remind all members that next Tuesday’s 25 has been rescheduled as a 30 with the earlier start time of 6.45pm. Event headquarters are still North Kingston triangle, south of Ringwood.
NFCC 83rd Annual Dinner 2017
We are sad to report that unfortunately Geoff Smith’s wife, Joan recently passed away. The funeral will be held on Friday 20th October, 3:45PM at Bournemouth Crematorium. Our sympathies go out to Geoff and his family.