By New Forest CC press secretary Bob Jolliffe
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NEW Milton racing cyclist Tony Green was the deserved winner of New Forest Cycling Club’s hotly contested Boxing Day 10-mile time trial from Ringwood to Sopley and back.
Starting a minute behind VC St Raphael top seed Bryce Dyer, there were just 43 seconds separating them at the finish at Moortown Green, with GA Cycles’ veteran Green clocking a rapid 22min 59sec to Dyer’s 23-16, which earned him fourth place.
Twickenham CC’s Ian Palmer took second with a time of 23-09, just three seconds faster than New Forest CC ace Gary Lock who took third in a rattling good 23-12.
Lock, from Lymington, was pleased with his ride and said he took particular care on the corners at the turn. Before leaving home he watched footage of a triathlete falling on a slippery white road marking as a reminder of what can happen if a corner is overcooked in the wet.
As it happened, none of the 42 competitors came to grief in the damp, though Sotonia CC tandem pair John Radford and Nick Wisby were unlucky to puncture at Sopley and clocked 42-19 after carrying out a repair.
Fastest tandem team award went to Sam Humpheson and Charlotte Easton (Look Mum No Hands) with 23-28, while Sotonia’s Julian Gee and Penny Cossburn were second with 29-10.
Fifth place went to Bournemouth Jubilee Wheeler fixed wheel exponent Nick Frewin with 23-50 which earned him second veteran award behind Green.
Sixth went to Andover Wheeler Robert Ward (23-54) and seventh to the Royal Navy and Royal Marine CA’s Andrew Phipps (24-02).
New Forest CC’s Konnor Bracher-Walsh, whose mother Maggie promoted the event, took the junior prize with 26-51 while Southdown Velo’s Aaron Smith was best juvenile with 28-32.
Poole Wheelers’ Louise Dutch was fastest woman with 26-36 and, dressed in a Santa cape, won the fancy dress award.
There was a crop of good times from New Forest CC members. Stuart Peckham clocked a quick 25-06, Chris Hughes was not far behind with 25-24, Gary Plumb 27-04, Phil Underwood 27-16, Graham Lenton 27-26, Justin Dix 27-48, juvenile Tom Reid 29-20, Chris Shimman 30-44, Chris Mills 32-43 and Martin Balk 34-49.
Other local times: Stuart Martingale (Sotonia CC) 24-03, Pete Wilson (Bournemouth Arrow CC) 26-09, Cliff Rowe (Bournemouth Jubilee Whlrs) 26-41, Nick Best (BJW) 26-34, William Soloman (BJW) 27-52, Jon Chapman (Sotonia) 28-11, Tony Strickland (BACC) 28-50, Brian Garrard (BACC) 29-35, Dan Loveless (BJW) 30-16.
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