Thursday 3 March 2011


• Bournemouth based Bryce Dyer got his season off to a flying start with victory in the Andover WH 10.2 mile hilly time trial. Riding for his new team, VC St Raphael, Dyer recorded a time of 27.27 for the technical course beating team mate Jake Prior into second place by 50secs. Former New Forest rider, Martin Beale backed up Dyer and Prior in 5th place with 28.51 to give the Raphael trio the team award. Dyer, who is a senior lecturer in engineering at Bournemouth University, is better suited to flatter roads but road strongly in the cold conditions “It’s the only time you will see me win a hilly race this year” Joked Dyer after the race.
• Paul Jones (Bournemouth Jubilee) opened his account for the time trial season with a win in the Poole Wheelers Hardriders event at Clouds Hill. Jones clocked 38.42 for the 27km course, beating the promoting clubs Leighton Girling by just 16 secs. Jones will be riding the East Surrey 30 mile event this weekend and as a former winner, will be hoping for a share of the £1,000 prize fund on offer. Meanwhile, ex triathlete Nick Spencer (Bournemouth Jubilee) finished in 13th place behind former British Best All Rounder, Nik Bowdler (Team Pedal) in the A3CRG 10 mile event at Petersfield. Spencer recorded a time of 27.14 nearly 4 minutes adrift of the winner but picked up the Target Time award.
• This Saturday sees Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers open their season with their 10 mile mountain bike event at Furzehill. Club points are on offer for those who ride the “on- road” course on “off- road” bikes. Signing on is at 15.00 at the council offices, Furzehill and the Jubilee would remind all competitors that the new rear light ruling will apply. All machines must be fitted with a working rear light that must be switched on.

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