By Bob Jolliffe
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A3 Cycle Racing Group’s Sebastian Ader clocked a race-winning 51-59 in the Farnham Road Club 25 at Bentley on Sunday morning.
There was a raft of non-starters for the event – which had attracted 117 men, a trio of tandems, a duo of juniors and 11 women to the H25/8 course between Farnham and Alton – many put off by the thought of riding in the rain and some who had turned up and decided not to compete when the downpour set in for the early starters.
However, for the later competitors the sun came out, dried up the roads and sent temperatures soaring.
The three top places were taken by those who enjoyed the warmth: Ader started last man at number 119, Richard Prebble of Node4-Giordana Racing Team who finished second with 52-18 started two minutes in front of him and third man with 54-38, Farnborough & Camberley CC’s James Goward, started at 109.
Best Southampton area rider was VC St Raphael’s Andy Rivett, sixth with 55-47, followed by GA Cycles’ Ray Claridge who took 16th with 57-21.
New Forest CC’s Chris Hughes, who is targeting a first sub-hour ride, was slowed by the cold, lack of visibility and flooded hardtop to 1-01-58, a minute away from his PB; while clubmate Bob Jolliffe, off No 2, struggled in the conditions to 1-16-16.
Sotonia CC’s Jonathan Legg finished with 1-02-24.
Bottrill takes 100 Gold
Former Bournemouth Jubilee Wheeler Matthew Bottrill (Drag2Zero) took Gold in the National 100-mile Championship in the Merseyside District with a sparkling 3-37-13.
Silver went to Team Pedal Revolution’s Andy Bason with 3-38-58 while Drag2Zero’s Derek Parkinson was Bronze medallist with 3-42-45. Poole-based High Wycombe CC rider Adam Topham took fifth with 3-44-05.
London Dynamo’s Rebecca Slack became the Women’s 100-mile Champion in the absence of Bramshaw’s Julia Shaw (drag2zero) who was a non-starter.
Washed out BJW 25 postponed
Standing water on the Upton course led to Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers’ 25 at Upton being postponed until September 16. Sunday’s event had attracted 51 entries.
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