By Bob Jolliffe
Roadworks in Burley meant a change of course for the first of two events in New Forest Cycling Club’s Thorney Hill series.
The decision was made to return to the tough two laps of the Holmsley South-Bransgore circuit and club champion Gary Lock made no mistakes as he powered to the win in 23min 5sec to beat GA Cycles’ on-form Ray Claridge into second place by a 36 second margin.
Newcomer, New Forest CC junior rider Ali Rogers took third place with another quality ride of 24-55 while his triathlete clubmate Tony Rendell claimed fourth with 25-06.
Stewart Ward pipped a slightly off-form James Bannister by two seconds (25-10 against 25-12) for fifth, while schoolboy Tom Reid continued to impress with a 26-56 new personal best.
Other times (NFCC unless stated): Neil Richardson 25-17, Martin Plumb (Veralum CC) 25-23, Peter Wilson (Bournemouth Arrow CC) 25-35, Stuart Peckham 25-37, Keith Bradfield 26-32, Rob Brinsdon 26-36, Konnor Bracher-Walsh 26-53, Jono Parker Davis 26-55, raham Lenton 27-02, Gary Plumb 27-04, Sacha Ring 27-08, Neil Stevenson 27-51, David Wilson 28-00, Phil Underwood 28-07, Chris Conrath 28-23, Geoff Weller 29-12, Phil Jones 29-21, Peter Weaver 29-25, Peter Norris 29-34, Chris Mills 31-30, Peter Hawker 32-16.
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