By Bob Jolliffe
ON-FORM Ringwood-based racing cyclist James Gilfillan proved he has road racing prowess as well as the ability to ride against the watch when he took two wins and a third place in Glenn Longland’s Antelope RT Two-Day at Downton at the weekend.
Gilfillan started well, taking victory in the tough, hilly, 2.4 kilometre prologue time trial from Downton to Whitsbury on Saturday.
His time of 4min 1sec was four seconds too fast for Rowan Horner (VC St Raphael) who, in turn, was six seconds faster than Tony Kiss (Stratford CC) in third place.
New Forest CC’s Stuart Peckham took equal 26th position with 4-43 and clubmate Nick Williams was 51st in 5-20.
In the 42km road race between Downton, Bramshaw Telegraph and Redlynch, Stratford’s Kiss won the gallop from a bunch of eight which had a five second advantage over a chasing group of 13.
Phillip Reynolds of Peter Hansford Cycles took second and Gilfillan was third. Like the others in the lead group, they were credited with the same time as Kiss.
Colin Yeates (Sotonia CC) led in the 13 and New Forest’s Peckham crossed the line first in the second chase group a further five seconds in arrears while Williams was 41st at a minute.
There was no messing around from Gilfillan on Sunday when he won the second – 37km – time trial held on a circuit taking in Downton, Blashford and Fritham by a full 1min 45sec from Horner (55-56).
Peter Hansford Racing’s Harry Bulstrode took third with 56-23, while his teammates Andy Bryson and Olli Hitchins took fourth and eighth places with 58-36 and 1-00-08 respectively.
Other good time trial performances from Southampton riders came from Southampton University’s George Crammond, eighth with 1-00-15; GA Cycles’ Gary Allan and Ray Claridge, ninth and 10th with 1-00-31 and 1-00-40; and Sotonia’s Colin Yeates and Gawain Young, 12th and 13th with 1-01-08 and 1-01-47.
New Forest CC’s Peckham and Williams were 22nd and 40th with 1-03-16 and 1-10-21.
Overall (Southampton area riders only): 1, Gilfillan 2-17-12; 2, Horner 2-19-11; 3, Bulstrode 2-19-55; Bryson 2-22-04; 8, Crammond 2-23-53; 9, Allan 2-24-20; 10, Claridge 2-24-36; 11, Yeates 2-24-54; 12, Simon Barnes (GA Cycles) 2-25-43; 13, Steve Wood (Antelope RT) 2-25-56; 14, Gawain Young (Sotonia) 2-26-00; 15, Phillip Reynolds (Peter Hansford Cycles) 2-26-30; 18, Stuart Peckham (New Forest CC) 2-27-09; 22, Olli Hitchins 2-27-34; Stewart Ward (Ful-On-Tri) 2-28-38; 27, Thomas Nixon (Soton Univ) 2-29-16; 29, Thomas Kay (Soton Univ) 2-29-50; 30, Richard Blake (GA Cycles) 2-30-25; 37, Richard Burch (Sotonia) 2-35-22; Nick Williams (New Forest CC) 2-35-41; 41, Brook Elgie (Peter Hansford Cycles) 2-36-51; 48, Emma Bulstrode (Peter Hansford Cycles) 2-40-11.
Peter Hansford Cycles won the first team award from GA Cycles.
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