By Bob Jolliffe
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FRESH from his second consecutive win in British Cycling’s Southern Junior Championship on Sunday, Primera-Specialized’s Will Stephenson took the honours in New Forest CC’s latest 10 on a balmy Tuesday evening.
Seventeen-year-old Stephenson took advantage of the newly-arrived warmth and nipped around the Ringwood-Sopley course in 22min 18sec to beat the Forest’s John Heffernan into second spot by 32 seconds.
Heffernan’s nevertheless rapid 22-50 earned him 15 valuable League Division One points.
Table-leader Gary Lock was fifth overall and took 14 points with his 23-21. But he lost time after taking avoiding action when a coach turned across his bows and led to him taking a tumble onto the verge causing scuffing and bruising.
Third place overall went to Sotonia CC’s Kevin King with a fine 22-53 while GA Cycles’ Simon Barnes clocked 23-11 for fourth.
Ben Boardman was third New Forest rider with a quality 23-30 in sixth place while James Bannister went well with 23-59 for seventh.
The improved weather brought a rash of personal, or season’s, bests, with juvenile Konnor Bracher-Walsh improving his PB by more than 20 seconds to dip under 27 minutes for the first time, to 26-51.
Probably the ride of the night came from 72-year-old club stalwart Peter Hawker who clocked a remarkable 27-56 and setting a new age-related club record.
Donna Shaw bettered her previous PB of 29-21 to 28-56, while Nigel Gemmell turned in an excellent 26-34 to take 15 Division Three points.
Andrew Hanley took top Division Two points with a stunning 24-49 from Rob Brinsdon (25-07) and Barry Wootton (25-36).
Other times (NFCC unless stated): Geri Robinson 24-20, Tony Rendell 24-23, Pete Wilson (Bournemouth Arrow CC) 24-31, Stuart Peckham 24-52, Anja Heijnen (VO2) 25-09, Jon Brook (Come and Try It ride) 25-10, Ben Clifford 25-15, Dan Mitchell 25-44, Richard Rajski 25-45, Joe Phillips 25-51, Steve Dauncey (Southampton University RC) 26-01, Keith Bradfield 26-04, David Wilson 26-18, Julian Sheppard (Sotonia) 26-42, Peter Weaver 26-54, Nick Tattersall 27-00, Ian Draper 27-02, Stuart Martin (Sotonia) 28-17, Phil Cramp (Redditch Road & Path) 28-20, Michael Bird (Bikeworks UK) 28-29, Richard Mills (Come and Try It) 29-01, Aleksandra Burlinson 29-02, Chris Mills 29-00, Geoff Weller 29-23, Martin Balk 29-25, Antony Moyle 29-32, Roger Bacon 29-33, Phil Jones 30-02, Remi Bennett 31-50, Carolyn Weaver 32-13.
Chris kicks off
The same evening, Long Melford domiciled Chris Jolliffe got his racing season underway in Suffolk with 27-09 in the Godric CC club 10 on the B10/44 course between Bungay and Redenhall. Winner was Liam Gentry of the promoting club with a quick 21-51.
Lock tanking on in Beast
New Forest CC’s Gary Lock earned himself a Gold award in the Jurassic Beast Epic sportive over 101 very hilly miles in eastern Dorset the previous Sunday.
He completed the course, which took in some serious climbs in the Purbecks, past Bovington Tank Museum, through Milton Abbas and the Piddle Valley, in 6hr 3min 38sec.
Clubmates Mike Ahearn and Peter Weaver claimed silver awards with the respective times of 6-49-49 and 6-53-56, while Phil Underwood took a bronze award with 7-41-42.
Club president Roger Bacon, rode the 63-mile Standard Beast in 4-52-32 to take a deserved bronze award at the age of 72.
The NFCC’s Spring TT Series gets underway on the 4th March 2018 at 9.30am. The first event is the first leg of the two race Forest Circuit Aggregate on P334/10. Everyone is welcome. Please see our guide for more details on these events.
On the 8th July 2018, a group of riders from the club are taking part in Velothon Wales and we’d like to extend the invitation to all NFCC members. We hope this will be the first of a new series of “weekends away” and eventually a longer overseas training event. Later I’ll give a few […]