By Bob Jolliffe
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SPILLS on a wet cattle grid marred the latest New Forest Cycling Club 25 but did not stop Ben Boardman from winning the event in tough conditions in a time of 1-3-47.
Boardman, who collected three championship points for his victory and first handicap award, was one of two competitors who took a tumble immediately after crossing the Rhinefield Drive grid before joining the A35.
The other was juvenile Konnor Bracher-Walsh who, like Boardman, remounted and completed the course despite the resulting abrasions.
Second place and two points went to consistent Steve Roberts in 1-6-19 while GA Cycles’ Stuart Grace took third overall with 1-7-37. Tom Butler collected the remaining championship point with his ride of 1-7-53.
Top vet Terry
Second claim New Forest CC member and current club champ Martin Beale (VC St Raphael) took 12th place in Sunday’s Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers’ 25 on the Upton bypass with a rapid 56-55.
New Forest CC’s top veteran Terry Jefferies clocked 1-1-12 and clubmate Phil Gates, who is having a quiet season this year, finished with 1-6-26 to his credit.
James Gilfillan of Team Feat won with a super-quick 52-28 from Tom Alliban (Revo Racing, 54-25) and Gary Dighton who, backed by sup-vet Terry Icke and Steve Burtwhistle, led the Poole Wheelers’ team to victory with his 54-38.
Wet but happy
Despite being one of about 30 early starters who got caught in a downpour, New Forest CC comeback veteran Bob Jolliffe improved 35 seconds to 27-56 in the East London Velo 10 during an East Anglian visit to his brother Chris on Saturday afternoon.
Other club 25 times (all NFCC): Richard Mason 1-9-17, Martyn Dymond 1-9-22, Dan Mitchell 1-10-45, Jamie Pope 1-10-48, David Wilson 1-14-35, Konnor Bracher-Walsh 1-17-09.
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