By New Forest Cycling Club press secretary Bob Jolliffe
Contact him on 01425 616525 or by email at email@example.com
NEW Forest Cycling Club veteran Martyn Dymond took a deserved 13th place in the Vets’, Juniors and Women’s race at the Pedal On Cyclo Cross at Basingstoke on Sunday.
“I’m well pleased. It’s really going in the right direction at the moment,” said a delighted Dymond, who finished his time trialling season on a high note with some quality rides.
There were strong fields for all events in the North Hants Road Club promotion in the town’s War Memorial Park.
Matt Hargroves of Hargroves Cycles was first junior and first across the line in a time of 49-16, followed by teammate Keith Sheridan who won the veterans’ award, 21 seconds in arrears.
Sean Williams of Wight Mountain was second veteran and Harry Franklin (Hargroves) was second junior 1-01 behind Hargroves. Swindon RC’s Claire Smith was first woman past the post.
The longer Senior race was won by Wheelbase-Cannondale’s Mike Cotty in 1-04-07 from the RAF CA’s Dan Lewis who finished 1-22 behind. Unattached rider Ben Sumner took third at 1-46.
Beale 10th in Rudy race
Second claim New Forest CC rider Martin Beale (VC St Raphael) took 10th place in the final round of this year’s Rudy Project series promoted by Poole Wheelers on two laps of a tough hilly 16-mile loop west of Wareham on Saturday afternoon.
Beale clocked 1-15-51 in his final time trial of the season, won by Tour of Britain competitor Wouter Sybrandy (Sigma Sport-Specialized) in 1-05-46.
Poole-based High Wycombe CC member Adam Topham, who won the New Forest CC Ringwood Brewery 10 the previous weekend, was second with 1-08-07 from Alec Baskaya of Bath CC with 1-08-54.
New Forest CC chairman Margaret Read’s grandson Matthew Golden (Farnham RC) clocked 1-28-32 while another former NFCC member, Stuart Grace (GA Cycles), was 17th in the one-lap Veteran’s race with 39-47.
VC Meudon’s Gabriel Martinez was fastest vet in 33-38 from Paul Jones (Bournemouth Jubilee Whrs) with 34-03 and Rob Weare (Leamington C&AC) with 34-26.
Ader wins in Sussex
A3CRG’s Sebastian Ader won Southdown Velo’s hardriders’ time trial at Goodwood on Sunday. Roadworks meant the usual Southern season-ending 28-miler had to be shortened to 18 miles.
Ader took 44-26 against second-placed Simon Berogna’s 44-56. Berogna’s VC St Raphael teammate Jez Ponting was third with 45-26.
Wide-awake trackies needed
Andy Betteridge wants to hear from track riders who want to take part in a New Forest CC team in the charity 24-hour marathon at Calshot on November 5 and 6. Contact him at 01425 474205 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Another Sunday ride option
Nigel Gemmell is organising regular Sunday rides in the eastern sector of the New Forest starting at the Heath Roundabout at Dibden at 8am. Nigel is also aiming to ride from Southampton to Barcelona in a week next June and wants to hear from anyone interested in going along with him on the sponsored ride to raise money for Southampton Hospital’s Eye Unit. Contact him on 07828 609763 or at email@example.com .
New kit for next summer ready now
Club President Roger Bacon has a supply of new kit in club colours available right now. Perfect to give (or receive) as Christmas presents, the gear includes short-sleeved tops, shorts, bib shorts and arm warmers. Contact him on 01590 683265.
Roller racing anybody?
South Coasts Sprints has offered New Forest CC the option of staging a fun Roller Racing night at the Tiptoe clubroom this winter with the best eight going through to compete at a Southern final at a date and venue yet to be decided.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? But there is one problem: the committee needs to be sure that enough members will participate to ensure the event breaks even as the club has higher than usual expenditure lined up for 2012.
The cost will be £100 to the club, which will foot the bill for the hire of the hall, and that means 20 competitors or more are needed to maintain the cost at a reasonable £5 a head.
The idea will be aired at the AGM (7.30pm for 8pm on Friday, November 4 at St Andrew’s Church Hall) and if enough interest is shown, we would like those interested to stump up their fiver, or whatever, at the conclusion of the meeting. Then we can contact South Coast Sprints to obtain a date, probably in December, suitable to one and all.
Fareham Wheelers and Sotonia CC have already signed up for an event, so we will not be alone.
South Coasts Sprints provide adjustable bikes with fixed forks, so balancing is not a problem.
If it is given the go-ahead, speak to Bob Jolliffe after the meeting with your wallets at the ready.
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