By New Forest CC Press Secretary Bob Jolliffe
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IN-FORM Poole-based tester Adam Topham won New Forest Cycling Club’s Ringwood Brewery sponsored 10-mile time trial in a course record 21min 34secs on Saturday.
Topham, who rides for High Wycombe CC, beat the old record, set in 2002 by Clarence Wheelers’ Ray Hughes, by nine seconds.
Hughes, who finished fourth in the solo race this year with 22-37, also won the tandem competition with his partner Wendy Pails in a time of 23-43, while New Forest’s own Nick O’Hara and daughter Laura took second in the tandem event with 26-00.
Second placed solo rider was Poole Wheeler Gary Dighton with 21-57, while third went to Drag2Zero’s 25-mile competition record holder Julia Shaw with 22-13.
Ride of the chilly morning on the Ringwood-Sopley-Bransgore-North Kingston course came from New Forest CC’s John Heffernan who improved his personal best by another 17 seconds to 23-04 for eighth place.
With the brewery company again providing sponsorship, New Forest CC will donate £100 to Lymington’s Oakhaven Hospice.
Other NFCC times: Martin Beale (second claim) 23-36, Chris Jolliffe (veteran) 27-36, Patrick Walters 28-47, Konnor Bracher-Walsh (juvenile) 28-57, Bob Jolliffe (vet) 31-21. Juvenile Hugo Walters who was firing on all cylinders and aiming for a 23-minute time was disappointed after mechanical problems with his gears put an end to his ride midway.
Whitewick wins again
Top veteran time triallist Stephen Whitewick, riding for GA Cycles instead of Utag-Yamaha, won Antelope Racing Team’s Downton Two-Day organised by Glenn Longland in the New Forest at the weekend.
Whitewick did not figure in the top ten in the 2.4km prologue time trial, won by Bournemouth Arrow CC junior Will Stephenson in 4-04 from Southampton University CC’s Tim Wallis with 4-10, but finished in the leading group in Saturday’s 42km handicap road race and followed up by smashing the field in the 37km time trial on Sunday.
Stratford CC’s Tony Kiss won the sprint to take the road race on the Downton-Bramshaw-Landford circuit from Wallis and Stephenson, while Whitewick was placed ninth with the same time.
On Sunday Whitewick was in his element and reigned supreme, powering south through the lanes to Moyles Court, before heading east to Stoney Cross, north to Fritham and back into the breeze to the finish at Downton to finish with a time of 53-32.
Second place went to Harry Bulstrode (Cannodale RT) with 56-06 from Stephenson (56-47).
Overall: 1, Whitewick 2-7-54; 2, Bulstrode 2-10-16; 3, Stephenson 2-10-36; 4, Ollie Emmans (Antelope RT) 2-10-54; 5, Wallis 2-11-02; 6, Tom Alliban (Revo Racing) 2-11-19; 7,Alex Clayton (Durham University) 2-12-11; 8, Kiss 2-12-47; 9, Richard Barnes (GA Cycles) 2-14-01; 10, Gary Allan (GA Cycles) 2-14-05.
Among the competitors was New Forest CC veteran Nick Williams.
Gridiron a New Forest fest
Seven New Forest Cycling Club members – Roger Bacon, Peter and Carolyn Weaver, Dave Wilson, Chris Mills, Phil Underwood and Dan Mitchell – were among the 840 riders taking part in the Cyclists’ Touring Club Gridiron tourist trial organised on Sunday for the first time by New Forest CC’s John Jackson.
The 60-mile event, which starts and finishes in Pilley, takes in Burley, Crow, Hyde, Godshill, Bramshaw Telegraph, Nomansland, Bramshaw, Cadnam, Woodlands, Colbury and Bucklers Hard, includes crossing numerous cattle grids; hence the name.
New Forest CC also had a stand at the event headquarters in Boldre War Memorial Hall, Pilley in order to promote the club and what it provides to members.
My apologies to any other New Forest CC members who took part in the Gridiron, but whose names have not been brought to my attention.
Forest to stage prestigious Rudy Project round
Boldre War Memorial Hall will also be the event headquarters for Round Six of the Rudy Project National Time Trial Series to be run on behalf of Cycling Time Trials by New Forest CC on the morning of August Bank Holiday Monday next summer.
The club will be using an extended version of our East End/East Boldre circuit taking in Portmore and South Baddesley taking each lap to 8.9 miles, with seniors completing three of them.
As this is a prestigious event, run to championship standards, as well as timekeepers, pushers-off, runners etc, we will be looking for lots of volunteers to marshal and sweep grit from corners to prevent accidents and/or punctures.
And, of course, we want to see a large contingent of New Forest Cycling Club entrants to fly the flag for the home side.
Make it a red letter day for NFCC. Please make notes in your 2012 diaries.
I’ve had the following information from Bob Jolliffe, many of the long term members or older riders will remember Geoff racing as well as being involved in club organisation. Former long-term New Forest CC secretary Geoff Smith is in Southampton General Hospital with a broken leg after falling from his bike on the A337 at […]
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