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Quick rides denied

By Bob Jolliffe

A BRISK cool southerly breeze meant superfast times were not on the cards for three New Forest Cycling Club testers in the Poole Wheelers’ 10 on the Upton bypass.
But the damp conditions on Sunday could not stop CC Weymouth’s Greg Parker from clocking a rapid 20-36 to win from Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers’ Simon McLaughlin who was nine seconds slower in runner-up spot. Third went to Poole’s Steve Birtwhistle with 21-43.
New Forest’s Stuart Peckham finished with a time of 23-34, Chris Hughes 23-47 and Bob Jolliffe 28-28.
Crabwood CC 69-year-old veteran Dave England from East Boldre clocked 23-44 in the event, three weeks after setting a new Wessex Veteran Time Trials age-related record for 100 miles in the East District Cycling Association event with a time of 4-28-55, which also won him the best on standard award.
While the New Forest trio was at Upton, second claim members Martin Beale and Rob Ellis (both VC St Raphael) suffered a thorough soaking in the Farnham Road Club two-up 25 at Bentley. Their 56-23 earned them fifth place. Winning pair were Charlie Mitchell and Phil Bowley of Owen Cycles with 54-05.
Three members of the Southampton-based Contre la Montre team – Stephen Whitewick, Harry Bulstrode and James Gilfillan – won the four-up team time trial held on the same course in a cracking 48-46.
The Poole Wheelers’ squad of Terry Icke, Paul Jones, Gary Dighton and Andy Buddle finished in 50-32, despite losing Icke who suffered a puncture. Four-up times are based on the third rider past the post.

John wins “Devil”

New Forest’s John Heffernan is continuing to do well at the Bournemouth Track League – which unfortunately clashes with club Tuesday evening time trials – winning the Group B Devil Take The Hindmost, or the elimination race as it’s also known, last week.
He said: “As well as winning the Devil I was fourth in the points race.

“We were mugged by a three rider combine who, with obvious pre-planning, attacked us after the first sprint. I am still getting the hang of track tactics, but it is the tactics that make it so much fun.”

Green back in action

Former New Forest CC member Antony Green (GA Cycles) was in action last week, taking second place in the latest Bournemouth Arrow CC 10 on the Ringwood-Sopley course in 23-10 on a tough windy Thursday evening.

The only rider able to beat him was Poole Wheeler Leighton Girling with a sterling 22-54. Third place went to Bournemouth Jubilee Wheeler Ian Diaper with 23-36 from the Arrow’s Pete Wilson (24-28), New Forest CC’s Stuart Peckham (24-48) and VC St Raphael’s Rob Ellis 25-15.

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