The New Forest Cycling Club

Weekend Round-up 6th August


Ray Claridge rode the National 25 championships and came 102nd with a time of 55.20. For those interested, it was won in a time of 44.22, two minutes clear of the second placed rider!

Catherine Pascoe rode another of the summer Cyclo-cross events and came 5th female.

Report from Barry on last week’s chain gang:

‘Chain Gang 2nd July Everybody remembered the change of time for August (1845) apart from Phil H who was unfashionably early!

Six riders assembled for the chain gang. Lyndon, Phil G, Phil H, Don, Neil and Barry. Nice tight group enjoying a breezy and sunny evening. As usual the pace gradually increased as the ride progressed and the group managed to stay together until the top of Wilverley.

 Then the two strongest riders, Phil G and Lyndon broke away and the other 4 formed a second group for the fast return to Brockenhurst. Good group riding throughout and a good quick ride.’

Report from Barry on the Saturday ride:

’10 riders joined up for the club ride, unsurprisingly a number of the regular riders were on holiday this week but it was a good mix of regular and occasional riders that assembled for the 120Km planned loop to the Chalke Valley and back. All went largely to plan for the first 70Km or so to the coffee stop at the Community Shop in Broad Chalke. Although we did have a bit of excitement when another cyclist came down a road on the wrong side and was very surprised when he got shouted at. Phil H managed to track him down on Strava and explain road etiquette to him in a constructive fashion.

Excellent coffee and cakes as usual at Broad Chalke then all remounted ready for the climb over Knowle Hill. Unfortunately, Barry wasn’t paying attention to the route and went on a diversion to Bowerchalke instead. This found a nice new climb but meant riding a few miles on the A354 which was less than pleasant and added about 10Km to the route. The route was changed slightly to return through Cranbourne and complete a 130Km loop back to Brockenhurst.

This was not enough for Phil G who added another loop around Lepe and completed a magnificent 228Km in very trying temperatures. Chapeau Phil. (editor’s note – there has to be an award for these efforts!)

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