Thursday 10 February 2011

Weekly Round Up


· Mark Chadbourne ( had to settle for second place after a race long battle with Paul Hopkins (Merida) at the Gorrick spring Mountain Bike series. Held at Crowthorne Wood Berkshire, Poole based, Chadbourne and Hopkins swapped the lead several times on the fast, dry woodland course. Hopkins pulled away on the final lap to win by 20 secs. Roland Tilley (ridebike) took third in the veterans race with wife Carol also third in the ladies race.

· A bad crash caused the final round of the Calshot Winter Track League to be abandoned after just two races. Fourteen year old Max Steadman (Palmer Park Velo) was treated for concussion after a clash of wheels on the high banking. With no points being awarded, Gordon Skillen (Poole Wheelers) held onto second place in the “B” league

· The Road Racing season gets under way this Sunday with the 46th Perfs Pedal Race. As usual this traditional season opener has attracted a top class field, winner previous winner William Bjergfelt returns but Oli Beckingsale, Colin Parry and former Tour de France rider, Swede, Magnus Backstedt are all expected to challenge for the £130 first prize, local hopes will lie with Richard Horton (BJW) and Rowan Horner (VC St Raphael). The 46 mile race starts at 11am and includes eight climbs of Hundred acres Hill above Portsmouth.

· The charity UK YOUTH has secured funding to build an exciting new off road Cycle track at Avon Tyrrell, Bransgore, along with offering cycle coach training. A community consultation meeting is planned for 26th February and local people will be encouraged to help fine tune the build plans. Project director, Louis Bonney, said “We are particularly interested in getting local young people and clubs involved. For more information, contact
· Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers promote the last of their four winter reliability trials this Sunday. Starting from Merely Community centre, two routes are on offer, 100 miles or 100km, with the first riders off at 08.30.

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