By Bob Jolliffe
CLUB members who fancy taking on the tough challenge of riding the “Round the Forest” open time trial need to get their entries to organiser Jim Pascoe by Tuesday, May 15.
The event, on Sunday, May 27, starts at 7am in Caird Avenue, New Milton (that’s near the town’s Tesco superstore) and takes in Lymington High Street, Walhampton Hill, Beaulieu, Lyndhurst, follows the A35 to the Cat & Fiddle pub, Walkford and finishes on the A337 near New Milton football ground.
That’s 32 miles of fabulous Forest scenery, or 32 miles of suffering on heavy roads, depending on your point of view, how fit you are and the weather.
If you haven’t got any entry forms, they can be downloaded off the CTT website: www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk. Go to “information”, then “organiser info”, then “open events” where “entry form” in either Adobe or Word formats is top of the list.
Send your completed entry form to: Jim Pascoe, 24 Highlands Road, Barton-on-Sea, New Milton BH25 7BL with a cheque for £7.00.
Several marshals have “volunteered” – that’s shorthand for coerced – to keep riders safely en-route so far: Chris Gannaway at Lymington one-way, Terry Baker at Gosport Street/Bridge Road, Martin Balk at Lyndhurst fire station, Chris Mills and wife at Lyndhurst Goose Green, Peter and Carolyn Weaver at the Cat & Fiddle and “Budge” (John Burridge) at the Chewton roundabout near Highcliffe.
To be confirmed: Geoff Weller and Richard Rajski look likely to share turns at pushing off and Barry Wootten is likely to be at Hatchet Pond.
Jim is lining up the timekeepers and Margaret and Gerry Read will be in the kitchen brewing up the teas and coffees and dishing out the cakes.
Anyone else who wants to volunteer should contact me, Bob Jolliffe on 01425 616525 or Jim on 01425 612868 and I am sure we can find something for you to do.
IT’S RUDY TO ASK . . . BUT
I know it’s a long way off, but riders and volunteers (lots of them) will be needed for the Rudy Project time trial New Forest CC is staging on the morning of August Bank Holiday Monday – that’s the 27th.
Starting at Bull Hill near Norleywood, it’s a course with several junctions to marshal and, as it is round six of an eight-round national competition, the club needs to get it right, and that means keeping competitors on course and keeping the event incident-free and accident-free.
Pencil it into your diaries today and keep the morning available to help out, compete or just to turn up and cheer on the participants.
Contact me, Bob Jolliffe, for more info: on 01425 616525 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Second claim New Forest CC member, fixed wheel enthusiast and renowned charity fund raiser Stuart Grace has been in contact with former World Hour Record holder Graeme Obree who has donated various items to raise money for the Piam Brown Oncology Ward at Southampton General Hospital.
Stuart said: “As some people may remember towards the end of last year Jens Voigt and a number of his team mates at www.radioshacknissantrek.com signed a number of photos as part of the ward’s Christmas raffle. I’m pleased to say that we made over £7,000, which is a good amount in the present economic climate.
“The items Graeme has sent are a signed race number from Jonny Helms two-up; he reckons it’s the last number he will wear; two artist prints, signed by the artist and Graeme, measuring 200mm by 300mm and a large canvas print, again signed, measuring 400mm by 600mm.
“There is a copy of a letter sent to me regarding the items which will accompany each sale.
“This will be a closed auction and people can e-mail me with there bid or contact me by phone or text, it will close at the end of May and there will be no postal charge. I may deliver the canvas print as I’m worried it may get damaged.”
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