Update from Bob Jolliffe with his weekend activities –
New Forest CC’s 66-year-old Bob Jolliffe had a brilliant social weekend at the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists’ Track Championships at the Derby Arena Velodrome, even if his attempts at racing were lacklustre.
Despite only finishing in one event of two entered, the Group F (age 65 to 70) 500 metre time trial, he felt the journey had been worth the effort.
He took 51.086 seconds to complete the two laps of the track on the Saturday, but failed to finish Sunday’s 2000m individual pursuit after tying up badly at the start of the sixth lap and pulling out.
“This was the start of my attempt to get a gold medal in the 2019 World Transplant Games, which is a home games, being held in Newcastle next August,” said Bob, who had a life-saving kidney transplant in 2009.
“I need to develop more speed and power if I’m going to succeed. In both this year’s British and European games over-60s’ road races it was in the last kilometre that I failed in my bid for gold. Silvers are okay, but I think I’m capable of going one better. The power training should also help me improve my time trial efforts over 5km too.
“I had been training on the turbo since mid September specifically for the LVRC Champs, but against some top opposition in my age group, I obviously have a long way to go.
“My start let me down in both events. I had only one outing on Calshot before the weekend and I’ll admit to being petrified starting out of the saddle straight into the bend. More track time is needed. I’ve got a few training sessions at Calshot in mind for the winter and I really need to get down to Bournemouth next season.”
Socially though, it was fun, Bob stayed in the same hotel as many of the riders including former top UK pro Geoff Wiles, met veteran World Champion Geoff Cook and set up camp at the velodrome in the same pen as a couple of great Scottish riders and Drew McDonald, brother of fellow British Transplant Sport rider Steve, who was located in a nearby pen.
Stewart Ward and Stuart Peckham were in action this weekend, as I believe was Bob Jolliffe, although I haven’t had a result from Bob. Both Stus raced in the Test Valley weekend, quick report from each below:
Stuart Peckham said ‘The weather was cold,with a crosswind on a out and back course didn’t make it feel that bad,24 DNS out of sixty odd riders ,I was satisfied with my time. ‘
Stewart Ward – ‘I rode with Ian Patterson (Team New Forest) who was part of the winning 4man RAAM team from June this year. We were racing as a composite 2up as part of the Glen Longland Test Valley weekend. This was the event rearranged from earlier in the year originally postponed due to Snow. On the new and testing P730, a rolling out and back course starting from the outskirts of Stockbridge. We rode well and finished 2nd overall, only being beaten by John Sibley and Nick Buis (2 further members of the RAAM team) by the narrowest of margins (4 seconds), and ruing the time lost when we caught our 2 min men and lost a bit of time in traffic. Second overall though and first composite made the outing worth braving the cold and windy conditions.’
Catherine Pascoe took second place in the Women’s V50 event at Sparsholt College in the combined women’s event, where she finished 20th out of 26. The weather was cold and dry with some damp off camber technical sections. Antony Green tried his hand at the event and finished 19th from 49 finishers.
Seven riders braved deceptively sunny but very chilly, windy conditions. Barry Hards in full TT kit came home in first place, Phil Jones the only other rider to come close to his time. George Weller (Junior) took part in his first TT and chose a tough day to do so. See Gerry’s photos in the […]
In spite of a good number of volunteer marshals, the wind prevented the first club TT of the year taking place due to a fallen tree on the course. Hopefully the weather will improve for next weekend.