By press secretary Bob Jolliffe
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RINGWOOD School teacher Andrew Weighill became the first New Forest Cycling Club member to complete a 24-hour time trial since Peter Johnson in the 1960s when he recorded a solid 306 miles in the National Championships.
Merseyside ace Andy Wilkinson (Port Sunlight Whrs) smashed his own competition record of 525.06 miles in the East Sussex promotion last Saturday and Sunday when he was given a provisional distance of 529.65 miles.
But that could be updated to an amazing 541 when a potential miscalculation on the night circuit is sorted out.
Weighill, who was taking part in his first “24”, said he had a “rough patch during the night and stopped too many times” but started to speed up in the latter stages from 10am on Sunday. His “on the road” speed averaged 15mph.
Trackies in “demo”
While Weighill was tackling the super long distance event, Andy Betteridge and new New Forest CC rider, American Charlie Stocker, were among the “trackies” giving short demonstration rides at the opening of the new Olympic size 34 degree banked outdoor velodrome at Bournemouth Cycling Centre at Slades Farm on Saturday.
To ride the smooth 250 metre smooth Tarmac track, riders must have accreditation, which can be obtained by taking part in two-hour track craft training sessions there on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm. Bikes must be fixed wheel and have any protruding parts such as mudguard eyes taped over to prevent injury in the event of a crash. The address is Ensbury Avenue, Ensbury Park. There is ample parking.
Heffernan’s first win gets him three points
A few days earlier, John Heffernan showed his recently found speed was not restricted to 10-mile tests when he won New Forest CC’s evening 25 on two breezy laps of the Ringwood-Sopley-Bransgore circuit in a personal best time of 1-1-12, a seven-minute improvement on his best last year.
Salisbury Tri Club’s Lewis Andrews took second place, nine seconds slower. Steve Roberts was third and grabbed two club championship points with 1-5-47 and James Bannister picked up the remaining point with 1-6-11.
New record for P311
Utag-Yamaha ace veteran Steve Whitewick set a new course record for the Ringwood-Sopley 10-mile course in Bournemouth Arrow CC’s club event two evening later, seemingly ignoring the bone-rattling road surface on parts of the course and hurtling around in 20-38.
New Forest CC veteran duathlete Howard Doe was sixth with 25-06 and Jim Firth clocked 27-54.
Current New Forest CC club champion Martin Beale, now riding first claim for VC St Raphael, took 10th in the Bognor Regis 10 with 22-43. Graeme Stirzacker (A3CRG) won with 20-42.
Other club 25 times: Tom Butler 1-6-22, Martyn Dymond 1-6-54, Richard Mason 1-8-02, Jamie Pope 1-9-37, Phil Underwood 1-9-43, Hugh Roper 1-11-06, Dan Mitchell 1-11-21 (1st handicap award), Konnor Bracher-Walsh 1-13-21, Joe thespyexpert Phillips 1-14-41, Ellen Cameron 1-18-10.
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