By New Forest CC Press Secretary Bob Jolliffe
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NEW Forest Cycling Club triathlete Gary Lock got his time trial season underway with a new personal best 10 in the Antelope Racing Team event on the King’s Somborne to Romsey course on Saturday.
Gary, who seems to thrive in tough conditions, clipped seven seconds off his “personal” reducing it to 23-42 on a warm and sunny afternoon which was only spoiled by the stiff westerly which blew away the hopes of many other competitors in the first of two events promoted by former British Best All Rounder Glenn Longland to mark the 40th anniversary of his first-ever time trial.
Stuart Peckham, who has been putting in some sterling work during New Forest CC’s Wednesday evening turbo training sessions, reaped the rewards with an impressive 25-35.
Gary Plumb was next best of a six-man “Forest” squad with 26-50 followed by new member Robert Brinsdon (28-00), returnee Martin Balk (30-32) and Bob Jolliffe (31-23).
Winner with a course record 21-38 was Harry Bulstrode riding for the new Contre La Montre team.
Bulstrode who is hitting top form early also took top honours in Sunday’s two-up team time trial on the same course.
Riding with team-mate Andy Bryson he clocked 21-57 in heavy rain which produced huge puddles on parts of the course.
Bulstrode said: “It was quite frightening. I couldn’t see. I had on this silly visor and it got steamed up on the inside.
“I like this course. I thought yesterday it did have a bit more of a tailwind back; but I think it comes down to whether you feel comfortable.”
Bob Jolliffe and New Forest CC president, 72-year-old Roger Bacon, finished the event in the lantern rouge position in a time of 33-34.
Promoter Glenn showed he is still fighting fit clocking 25-30 in the solo race and 24-48 with former End-to-End record holder, John Woodburn in the two-up.
Other top times, solo: 2, Richard Prebble (Node4-Giordana RT) 22-05; 3, Andy Bryson (Contre La Montre) 22-10, Gary Dighton (Poole Whrs) 22-23; 4, Terry Icke (Poole Whrs) 22-48. Two-up, club teams: 2, George Crammond and Tristan Grigalis (Southampton University RC) 23-09; 3, Andy Rivett and Adam D-Arcy-Wykes (VC St Raphael) 23-31; top composite teams: 1, Chris Birch (East Street Cycles) and Rowan Horner (VC St Raphael) 22-17; 2, Gary Allan (GA Cycles) and John Sibley (Contre La Montre) 23-38.
NFCC club season starts
New Forest CC kicks off its full programme of club time trials on Sunday with a 10-miler on the testing Holmsley-Burley circuit on Sunday (March 11). Event headquarters are at Goatspen car park. The first rider will face the timekeeper at 9.31am.
Book early for six-day action
Roger Bacon is taking bookings for this year’s Ghent Six-Day which takes place the weekend after the annual club dinner in November.
Track action starts at 7pm and comes to a rousing climax at about 2am. In addition to enjoying fast and furious racing the weekend will provide ample opportunity to sample several of those famed Belgian beers.
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