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Lockyer manages the heat to win Club 25

 

A high quality field came out on a scorching early summer evening to participate in the New Forest Club Championship 25 mile TT. The course was two laps from Ringwood down the Winkton, Bransgore and Crow. Paul Lockyer managed his effort perfectly to record an incredible time of 56:04. At the half way point Paul held a slender lead of 20 seconds over eventual runner up Gary lock (57:24). Ben Boardman was in third place at the time, some 26 seconds adrift of Paul’s time. Strongman Antony Green clawed back his deficit over Ben and got within three seconds of Gary Lock to finish in 57:27. Ben faded towards the end of the event, as most did bar, Paul to finish a credible forth in 58:01.

Notable mentions go to Andy Postlewaite and Stewart Peckham who also managed to duck under the hour in 58.27 and 59.40 respectively. Josh Cole took the maximum of three handicap points in 1:07:48, Andy Postlewaite finished second in the handicap and Isabelle Parkes claimed the last point on offer in 1:16:08. Paul was thrilled after the race, and after his successes at The Tour of Cambridge where his qualified in both the Chrono and the Road Race. “Wow, I’m so tired after that!” Paul commented, “It was really tough in the heat and difficult to maintain your form”. Antony was pleased that his strategy of holding something back on the first lap paid off. “I just tried to be a bit conservative to the halfway point and then look to push on to see where it took me, finishing so close to a classy rider like Gary is really pleasing.”

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