New Forest Cycling Club held their traditional post Christmas Day 10 mile Time Trial event on Boxing Day again this year. The event was run on the P311 course from Ringwood towards Sopley and back. The largest field for years entered the event with 68 riders dragging themselves out of bed having overindulged the day before. A gloriously bright crisp winter’s morning greeted the riders with a gentle south westerly wind adding a bit of bite to the event. Several of the riders donned seasonal fancy dress outfits, and despite a particularly busy day before the event, Santa showed no signs of getting old and joined the riders on the start line.
The seasonal honours went to junior rider Sam Wadsley, representing Poole Wheelers in a mightily impressive 22:10 from Charley Calvert, Bournemouth Arrows in 22:27. NFCC rider Antony Green just missed out on the last podium position as Neil Mackley (Fareham Wheelers)pipped Antony by 2 seconds in 22:52 and 22:54 respectively.
Lou Dutch, riding for Synergie Coaching took the women’s honours in 25:46, Lizzy Campbell and Louise Cooper, both representing Bournemouth Arrows made up the top three in 27:22 and 27:49.
Two tandems participated in the event, Sean Williams and Nick O’Hara from 3CCC in 24:33 and Penny Cosburn and Mary Corbett (Sotonia CC) in 37:40, who were terribly misrepresented in fancy dress as Two Old Bags.
New Forest CC event organiser Stewart Ward was thrilled with the turn out for the event and commented that he was having to turn late entries away due to the high volume of participants.
I’ve had the following information from Bob Jolliffe, many of the long term members or older riders will remember Geoff racing as well as being involved in club organisation. Former long-term New Forest CC secretary Geoff Smith is in Southampton General Hospital with a broken leg after falling from his bike on the A337 at […]
Update from Bob Jolliffe with his weekend activities – New Forest CC’s 66-year-old Bob Jolliffe had a brilliant social weekend at the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists’ Track Championships at the Derby Arena Velodrome, even if his attempts at racing were lacklustre. Despite only finishing in one event of two entered, the Group F (age […]