Bob Jolliffe(NFCC) with his weekly round up from the New Forest………
IN a busy week of racing New Forest Cycling Club’s Hugo Walters took fifth place in the Southern juvenile time trial championship and then followed up with second in the national hill climb title race.The silver medal placing earned him gold in the South Regional over-15 championship.On Tuesday Hugo clocked a new personal best 10-mile time of 24min 11sec in the south district round of the George Herbert Stancer memorial competition, organised this year by Poole Wheelers on the Wool circuit in Dorset.
Harrison Fielding from the promoting club took first place with a ride just inside the 23-minute mark on a damp and breezy evening.Then on Saturday on the 2½-mile North Drive course at Ditcham near Petersfield, Hugo – riding for King Edward VI School in Southampton, where he is a pupil – was one of more than 100 young riders tussling for the British Schools’ Cycling Association National Hill Climb Championship.His dad, Patrick, said: “The event also doubled up as the South Regional Championship. Hugo came second in his age category in the National competition – won by William Hyde from King Edward VI School, Birmingham – and was the winner in the regional competition.”
Two “under” in club 25
New Forest Cycling Club’s Ben Boardman and second claim “Forest” member Martin Beale both took advantage of balmy weather conditions to dip below the hour on the Kingston 25-mile circuit.An elated Beale (VC St Raphael), who is now well on his way to a full recovery from a chest infection that kept him off his bike for several weeks in the spring, said it was not just the first time he had been under the hour this season, but it was also his first time “under” on the course, south of Ringwood.His ride, completed with a whoop of delight, provided him with a time of 59-40 on the two-lapper, not noted for producing fast times.Boardman, who started last, three minutes behind Beale, took second place overall with 59-58, earned himself three club championship points and beat his minute-man Kevin King (Sotonia CC) into third by a solid minute and 22 seconds.Bournemouth Arrow CC veteran Pete Wilson was fourth with 1-02-10 and his friend and work colleague, New Forest’s Stuart Peckham, was a single second slower in fifth with a new personal best of 1-02-11.New Forest riders Steve Roberts and Stuart Ward took sixth and seventh with 1-03-43 and 1-03-45 respectively, Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers’ Steve Groome was eighth with 1-04-12, while second claim New Forest member and fixed wheel specialist Stuart Grace (GA Cycles) was ninth with 1-4-37.Another rider to do particularly well was junior Konnor Bracher-Walsh, who is in training for the Land’s End to John O’Groats ride with his uncle Dug Hickin in early July. He clocked a new personal best of 1-09-09 which earned him first handicap award.Other times (NFCC unless stated): James Bannister 1-05-38, Andrew Hanley 1-06-31, Rob Ellis (VC St Raphael/second claim NFCC) 1-06-38, John Solomon (Primera) 1-07-08, Phil Underwood 1-08-01, Richard Mason 1-08-07 (second handicap), David Wilson 1-08-17, Richard Rajski 1-08-50, Keith Bradfield 1-08-50, Joe Philips 1-09-32, Hugh Roper 1-10-00, Nick Tattersall 1-12-02, Peter Weaver 1-12-13, Geoff Weller 1-15-37 (PB), Donna Shaw 1-15-49, Phil Jones 1-16-20, Antony Moyle 1-16-42, Richard Wills 1-17-21 (third handicap), Chris Mills 1-21-51.
John on track at Bournemouth
Meanwhile, current club champ John Heffernan was in form in the Track League at Bournemouth’s new 250 metre outdoor velodrome where, for the first time he was upgraded to the B group.“I managed fourth in the Devil, third in the 15 lap scratch and sixth in the 60 lap A & B scratch race,” he said. “The races are short and sharp with multiple sprinting opportunities. “They make a good alternative to those with a bit of track experience who, like me, don’t think they can manage two TTs in a week without becoming a bit ‘one paced’.
Hughes continues good run
New Forest’s Chris Hughes continued his run of form on Saturday when he clocked 23-16 – just four seconds off his best 10-mile time set the previous weekend at Poole – in the Newbury Road Club event at Kingston Bagpuize.Just hours after recording 26-09 in the Horsham Cycling 10, Chris Jolliffe finished with a time of 26-40 in the Newbury race while older brother Bob was more than a minute in arrears with 28-28.Victor at Horsham was Pete Tadros (In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT )with 20-07 while Jon Simpkins (drag2zero) was fastest in Oxfordshire with 20-13. Sotonia CC riders Colin Crocker and Chris Summers clocked 25-34 and 28-27 respectively in the Horsham promotion.
Yeates wins at Romsey
Sotonia CC’s Colin Yeates won his own club’s open 10 on the Kings Somborne to Romsey course in damp conditions last Thursday with a time of 23-52 from Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers’ Cliff Rowe (24-00) and second claim New Forest CC member Martin Beale (VC St Raphael) in 24-18.Other local times: 4, Stephen Wood (Antelope RT) 24-23; Philip Evans (Bournemouth Jubilee Whrs) 24-41; 6, Kevin Ridge (BJW) 24-58; 7, Jonathan Legg (Sotonia) 25-35; 10, Ed Gurney (Sotonia) 27-14; 12, Martin Ward (Sotonia) 27-37; 13, Alan Sharpen (Sotonia) 27-52; 14, Wendy Knowlton (Sotonia) 28-01; 15, Philip Nightingale (Sotonia) 28-15; 16, Mick Bradban (Sotonia) 28-20; 19, Juloia Baker-Beall (Sotonia) 33-23.
Poole rider Topham sixth in National 50
Poole-domiciled Adam Topham (High Wycombe CC) was best southern competitor in the National 50-mile Championship near St Austell, Cornwall with a time of 1-47-58 for sixth place. Contre la Montre’s James Gilfillan took ninth with 1-48-54.Winner was again multi-national champ Michael Hutchinson in a rapid 1-40-35 from Matthew Bottrill (drag2zero) with 1-42-03 and Jeff Jones (drag2zero) 1-44-24.
UK Half Ironman on Exmoor
New Forest members Rob Brinsdon and Gary Lock took part in the UK 70.3 Half Ironman event at Wimbleball, Exmoor on June 17.Gary went there in the knowledge he was not going to finish the event because of a “sciatic nerve issue” which would prevent him running.He said his swim and bike ride went okay and he was “fairly happy but a lot learnt as always”.“Rob did really well in his first half Ironman event which is described as one of the toughest 70.3 on the circuit.
“Starting with nearly 1,000 people in his swim wave, he came out of the swim in just under 36 minutes, a short but steep run of 400m into transition then started the bike leg.“It was important to pace and not race the bike leg and Rob completed the hilly two-lap course in just over 3hr 30min.“The final stage was a 13-mile run, again a hilly three lap circuit, which was competed in 2-20 (I think) which gave him an overall time of 6hr 40min.”