Wednesday 23 March 2011

Bournemouth Daily Echo Cyclesport Column 25/03/2011

• Paul Jones (Bournemouth Jubilee Wh) clocked up his 4th win in 6 attempts in his own clubs 42km Hilly Time Trial. A tough south westerly breeze made the going hard on the long climb up from Wool village and Jones’s time of 1.04.21 was 4 minutes slower than his winning ride last year. Poole based, Adam Topham who rides for High Wycombe CC, was 30 secs up on the Jubilee rider at the hill prime after 5 miles but punctured on the descent to Lulworth. Former winner, Dave Dent (wightlink/offshore) finished 15 seconds down with Julian Thacker (VC St Raphael) a further 6 secs back in third place. “ I have only just started doing some speed work, in previous years I have been training hard in November and have felt burnt out by June” said Jones after his narrow victory. Dave Pickering, 5th in 1.06.36 and Les Pick, 6th in 1.06.47, backed up Jones to win the team award for the promoting club. Pick is making a comeback this season after a few years lay off and looked strong on the testing circuit. Chris Birch (East St Cycles) finished 4th after riding the Oxonian Hilly 30 the previous day, coming 5th.
• Racing on the motor circuit at Thruxton, Bournemouth Arrow youngster Ellie Gilham won the Under 16 girls race, mixing in with the boy’s race, Ellie rode strongly on the uphill home straight to win the girls event and even managed to finish 12th overall. Father David and promising junior Will Stephenson finished safely in the bunch in the main race.
• Sandbanks Mountain biker Gregg Shrosbree (Merida) has spent the winter training in Switzerland. The 19 yr old showed good form winning the sport category of the Gorrick Spring series at Porridge Pot Hill in Surrey
• Riding for Cambridge University, Dan Ahearn from Brockenhurst was nearly 3 minutes clear of the field in the New Forest cc Spring Time Trial. Ahearn covered the 12.8 mile sporting course at Holmsley in 29.52 well clear of Colin Humm (New Forest) 32.42 with Martin Leferve (BJW) 34.39, third.

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