By New Forest CC press secretary Bob Jolliffe
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NEW Forest CC’s Chris Hughes hacked a huge 1min 8sec from his personal best 10 in the Andover Wheelers’ event on Sunday morning, reducing it to 23-38.
Hughes put it down to some serious gym sessions while working in Norway the previous week, though he has trained hard all winter and his smashing of the 25mph barrier was well deserved.
Buoyed-up by his ride, later in what proved to be a damp day, he said: “It was cold but it was perfect. There was no wind and we missed all this showery rubbish.”
VC St Raphael’s Stephen Walkling and Simon Tout took first and second places with 20-37 and 20-46 respectively. Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers Dave Pickering and Paul Jones were third and fourth with 20-57 and 21-00, while Sotonia CC’s Stuart Martingale slotted into eighth with 22-02.
Second claim New Forest member Martin Beale (VC St Raphael) was unlucky to puncture at three miles at which point he had averaged 27.4mph. His teammate and second claim Forester Rob Ellis had better luck and finished with 24-45.
Another Forest rider benefiting from winter training is Stuart Peckham who claimed victory in Bournemouth Arrow CC’s first evening event on the Ringwood Sopley course, clocking 24-52 in the cool conditions.
Second claim New Forest member Rob Ellis (VC St Raphael) took second with 25-22 while Poole Wheeler Mark Valentine took third with 25-26.
Contre la Montre one-two
Southampton-based Contre la Montre’s James Gilfillan beat his teammate Julian Jenkinson into second place in Alton CC’s 50km test on Sunday.
Top triathlete Gilfillan powered around the hilly course starting at West Meon and taking in Chawton, Four Marks, Ropley, the A272 and Cheriton and Bramdean in 1-10-28 against Jenkinson’s 1-13-38.
Bob Jolliffe struggled on the gradients and was Tail End Charlie in the small field with 1-42-12.
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