The New Forest Cycling Club held their annual awards dinner at Le Chanteclerc in Cadnam last Saturday night. The dinner was well attended by club members and the food was of a very high quality. Stuart Grace, who represents GA Cycles during the cycling season very kindly agreed to by the guest speaker and was accompanied by his Daughter Amy. Stuart raises vast sums of money for various charities and has a long standing friendship with recently retired professional cyclist Jens Voigt. Jens very generously donated a signed canvas photograph to the raffle of his World Hour Record breaking ride in September 2014. Jens successfully broke the record in a new distance of 51.115 km. Jens also supports Stuart in his fund raising activities by participating in a local cycle ride in the New Forest every September where riders have the opportunity to ride with Jens. The ride is limited to 100 riders and this year was in aid of the Epilepsy Society and the Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington. After the previous two years, the event has raised over £21,000 for charity.
The main awards of the evening went to the following recipients: Ben Boardman deservedly picked up the Club Champion award to cap a very dominant season. Ben also received awards for the fastest club 25 and 50 mile times as well as the Handicap Cup. Ben did not have everything his own way during the season as Sasha Ring took home the winner’s trophy for the 10 series in Division 1.
Stephen Skinner was triumphant in Division 2 as well as picking up the age category fastest time over the season. Darren Ridge was the winner of Division 3 in the 10 series. Last season’s club champion Stuart Peckham produced the fastest 100 mile time and the Veteran short distance Best All Rounder.
Paula Eardley won the female Best All Rounder trophy. Graham Lenton was rewarded for the considerable improvement made this season and was the most improved rider and Hill Climb Champion. Maggie Bracher was awarded Club person of the year for the fantastic effort and patience demonstrated throughout the season.
After disappointment due to the cancellation of the TT last week, this week Aron Kelly managed the win he’s been training for. After giving up triathlon to focus on the bike, he’s hoping to have more success this year. His partner Sonia Laurie was also fastest female, with a strong field of 5 NFCC female […]
Forget the hype of Wout Van Aert, the absence of Mathieu Van der Poel, the strength of Phillipe Gilbert and the bad form of Peter Sagan. From an idea 8 months ago, NFCC member Matt Cafferky (and Bill Mayes) tackled the event. Over to Matt in a fantastic report … here