New Forest CC held round seven of the 10 series after a few weeks of longer club championship rides. Round seven was held on the P164, Boltons Bench course on a stiflingly hot evening with little breeze to cool the riders down. Paul Lockyer did not display any of the fatigue he was describing before the start of the race as he clocked a mightily impressive time of 21:20 seconds in the conditions ahead of the rapid Andy Postlewaite in 22:37. Sasha Ring showed no signs of a disrupted season to make up the podium for division 1 in 23:18. Justin Priest held off Nick Buck by a slender two seconds in 23:40 and 23:42 respectively.
Only the brave participated in Division 2 with Dan Mitchell securing an impressive first divisional victory of the year in 26:42 ahead of Phil Underwood and Mick Anglim in 27:25 and 28:00. It can only be a matter of time before Mitchell gains the promotion he so craves as he takes the lead in the div 2 championship.
Andrew Weighill (26:01) took the convincing honours in div 3 by a clear three minutes ahead of Catherine Pascoe who produced a great ride in 29:18. Catherine commented afterwards that she had doubts about entering the race on such a warm evening and the allure of a cold beer in the back garden nearly won the day. “I’m really glad I came out tonight, I had a great ride…and now I deserve that drink”! Bob Joliffe had to dig deep to finish third in 29:42 to make up the top three.
For full results please visit the NFCC results page
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