NFCC New Forest duo of Stewart Ward and Graham Lenton both represented the club at the Tour of Cambridge event at the weekend. The ToC is the GB qualifying event for the UCI Amateur World Championships….this year held in Perth, Australia.
The event started in the East of England show ground in Peterborough, and fast times were expected due to the pan flat nature of the terrain. Stewart recorded 3:19:47 and Graham got home in 3:39:59
Stewart thought he would make a break for home with 15 kms to go, and as he broke from the pack laid down a big effort to extract himself from the peloton he was…..unfortunately for Stewart, as with so many other attempted break-aways, he was aggressively chased down by the group, with qualification at stake were in no mood to allow such an occurrence at this late stage of the event. Stewart rolled in with the group, but the hard work had been done earlier in the event maintaining his position to finish in 3:19:47
Stewart almost left it too late on the Chrono event, and made the qualification by the skin off his teeth. “I laid down everything I had during the event, not sure if my pacing was as controlled as it could have been, but it’s a great feeling and relief to have qualified again”. Stewart’s time was 41:05 to cover the 16.9 mile TT course.
Graham had been involved in a nasty injury during the start of the year which had put his training back by several months. It is testament to Graham’s resolve that he got himself back into a position even to participate the in the event, let alone qualify. Graham stated afterwards, “I’m truly thrilled to have qualified for the Worlds, it was my aspiration before the event and I can’t believe that I’ve done it after the disrupted preparation. I was bitterly disappointed not to get through in the TT, finishing one place outside qualification by 19 seconds (42:02), but it was no surprise. The road qualification more than made up for it”.
Well done to both riders!
NFCC 83rd Annual Dinner 2017
We are sad to report that unfortunately Geoff Smith’s wife, Joan recently passed away. The funeral will be held on Friday 20th October, 3:45PM at Bournemouth Crematorium. Our sympathies go out to Geoff and his family.