The New Forest Cycling Club

Two gears good . . . “20 overrated”

By New Forest Cycling Club Press Secretary Bob Jolliffe

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NEW Forest Cycling Club champ John Heffernan overcame mechanical problems and stormed to second place in a 120-rider road race in Sussex on Sunday.
John collected 13 points in the 50-54 age group in the first race in the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists’ MStina Jersey series at Ellens Green, Horsham.
Problems arose halfway into the 55-mile race when his rear gear jammed on the 12 tooth sprocket, leaving him with a choice of riding on high gears in just the 53- or 39-tooth chainrings.
“Fortunately 39×12 was the perfect gear for the final uphill sprint and the lack of gears meant I wasn’t tempted to try my usual heroics on the last couple of laps,” he said.
“I just held my position near the front, let the others burn themselves out and when a gap opened with about 150m to go I jumped.
“The winner was already three bike lengths clear by that stage but it was nice to time the sprint right for a change so that I was still taking places in the final 50m.
“I always thought that having 20 gears was overrated!”
First place went to Paul Caton of Anders TMG Horizon RT and third was Graham Hindle of GS Henley. The event was organised for the LVRC by South Western Road Club.

Two riders good . . .

Closer to home, GA Cycles’ Gary Allen and Simon Barnes were the fastest pair in New Forest CC’s two-up 10-mile team time trial on the Lyndhurst/Ley Green/Ipley Cross loop.
They whistled past the chequered board after spending 23min 24sec on the road on a chilly but sunny morning to beat teammates Ray Claridge and Richard Blake by 32 seconds.
New Forest’s Nick Williams rode with GA’s Stuart Grace clocking 25-48 for third while the all-Forest pairing of Richard Rajski and Geri Robinson took fourth with 26-33.
Sotonia CC’s Stuart Martingale was the fastest of 19 solo riders with 23-53, beating Drag2Zero multi-national women’s champion Julia Shaw by eight seconds.
Other two-up times: Ted and Wendy Knowlton (both Sotonia) 28-14, Richard Mason (NFCC) and Adam Court (GAC) 28-41, John Danning and Simon Dobby (both NFCC) 31-24, Patrick Walters and Martin Balk (both NFCC) 33-02.
Solos (NFCC unless stated): Colin Yeates (Sotonia) 24-29, Martin Beale (VC St Raphael) 24-45, Chris Hughes 25-30, Steve Wood (Antelope RT) 25-40, Steve Freeman (Hardley Runners) 26-10, Chris Grant 26-25, Max Holloway (Royal Navy) 27-04, Gary Plumb 27-14, Barry Wootten 27-52, Phil Underwood 27-54, Tony Strickland (Bournemouth Arrow CC) 28-07, Dan Mitchell 28-35, Geoff Weller 30-08, Chris Summers (Sotonia) 31-32, Norman Harvey (Sotonia) 31-47, Chris Mills 32-33 and Mary Corbett (Sotonia) 33-21.

Too good . . .

In Dorset, Poole Wheeler Gary Dighton was 42 seconds too fast for the nearest opposition in the East Dorset Cycling Association 24-miler promoted by Wessex Road Club on Sunday.
Class act Dighton clocked 54-17 for the hilly circuit starting and finishing at Wimborne and taking in Horton Inn, Pimperne, Blandford and Badbury Rings on clear and a frosty morning which produced a crop of top quality rides.
VC St Raphael’s Simon Berogna was second with 54-59 and Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers’ Dave Pickering third with 55-25.
New Forest CC’s Stuart Peckham went well catching two-minute man, clubmate Bob Jolliffe (1-18-08), at about four miles and finishing with a fine 1-02-21.

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