By Bob Jolliffe
FOLLOWING two open wins this season, CC Weymouth rising star Greg Parker was relegated to second in Poole Wheelers’ 27km test near Bere Regis by former 25-mile competition record holder Gary Dighton.
Parker, winner of the Bournemouth Arrow CC’s Good Friday 10 and last week’s Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 24-miler, cocked a rapid 36min 49sec on the shorter Gallows Hill circuit. But the older and far more experienced Dighton took seven seconds less tto ride to victory in 36-42.
VC St Raphael’s Bryce Dyer was third with 38-15 and super-veteran Terry Icke was another three seconds in arrears for fourth.
New Forest CC’s Stuart Peckham did well to finish the previous weekend’s Bournemouth Jubilee event in a rapid 1-01-50 and second claim Forest member Rob Ellis (VC St Raphael) clocked 1-4-10.
Walkling wins at Andover and Jones at Yeovil
VC St Raphael’s Steve Walkling led teammates Jake Prior and French-domiciled Mick St Leger to an outright win in Andover Wheelers’ 10, wrapping up first, second and third places in 20-48, 20-56 and 21-00 respectively.
Waterside rider Ray Claridge (GA Cycles) finished with an excellent 21-25, being beaten into fifth by East Street Cycles’ Chris Birch with 21-07.
Poole Whlrs’ Paul Jones took seventh with 21-38, former British Best All-Rounder Glenn Longland (Antelope RT) showed he has not lost a lot of speed taking ninth with 22-10 and beating Sotonia CC’s Stuart Martingale by 14 seconds.
Sotonia’s Philip Connell clocked 23-57 and clubmate Chris Summers 27-48.
2011 British Best All-Rounder, Jeff Jones was the rapid winner of the Yeovil CC 10, just breaking 30mph with 19-58. Poole Wheeler Darren Lewis was 26th with 22-52.
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