By Bob Jolliffe 01425 616525
SATURDAY’S forecast rain stayed away from the rescheduled Crabwood Cycling Club 10 south of Ringwood.
The time trial was originally due to take place on April 13, but was postponed at the last minute because of torrential rain.
Following last weekend’s event, thankful organiser Claire Newman said: “I couldn’t believe our luck with the sunshine – while just a couple of miles away the skies were black with heavy rain and thunder.”
Regular southern time trial scene visitors Ray Hughes (Clarence Whlrs) and Wendy Pails (Farnborough & Camberley CC) won the tandem event in 24min 2sec from Sotonia CC’s John Radford and Nick Wisby (26-18).
Poole Whlrs’ Mark Valentine and Bournemouth Jubilee’s Simon McLaughlin won the two-up team time trial in 22-34 from Poole’s William Clark and Gary Dighton (22-43).
Bryce Dyer (VC St Raphael) and Leighton Girling (Poole) were third in the category with 22-50 while the Waterside’s Ray Claridge (GA Cycles) and New Forest CC’s James Bannister were fourth with 23-03.
VC St Raphael’s Simon Berogna was only two seconds slower than the winning two-up pair to take victory in the solo race with a fine 22-38.
CC Weymouth’s Greg Parker was second with 22-51 and ace veteran Terry Icke (Poole Whlrs) was third with 23-04.
Tandem winner Hughes had another go around and ended up fourth with 23-23 from Bransgore’s Cliff Rowe (Bournemouth Jubilee Whlrs) with 23-23 while Nursling’s Glenn Longland (Antelope RT) was a second slower in sixth.
Other Southampton and New Forest area results: Two-up – Stephen Wood and Oli Emmans (Antelope) 23-26, Pat Lafford and Alan Bigwood (Crabwood) 25-46, Penny Cossburn and Colin Yeates (Sotonia) 29-58; solos – Colin Yeates (Sotonia) 23-37, Gary Allan (GA Cycles) 23-40, Simon Barnes (GA Cycles) 24-06, Jonathan Legg (Sotonia) 25-26, Richard Blake (Antelope) 25-38, Dave Hanbury (Sotonia) 26-43, Daniel Edwards (Sotonia) 26-55, John Sanchez-Bisson (Crabwood) 31-17, Martin Napier (Sotonia) 32-09, Chris Jolliffe (New Forest CC) 34-01 riding a tricycle.
Rain hits Sunday racing
The rain may have stayed away from the Crabwood event but led to the cancellation of the Poole Wheelers’ 25 at Upton the following morning.
Meanwhile at Ringwood, New Forest CC’s damp club 10 attracted only nine starters with the club’s Stuart Peckham coming out top with 24-59.
Bournemouth Arrow CC’s Peter Wilson was next with 25-56 from New Forest’s Graham Lenton (26-16).
Others (NFCC unless stated): Phil Underwood 27-19, Mark Jefferies 27-21, Paul Shields 28-09, Phil Jones 29-03, Mark Woodgate (Come and Try It) 29-17, Peter Hawker 31-30.
Wind in Wales
New Forest CC’s Bob Jolliffe clocked 27-55 in the dry, but windblown Velo Club Melyd 10 in North Wales on Sunday. Winner was Fibrax-Wrexham Road Club’s David Crawley with 20-15.
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