Wednesday 8 February 2012

Local Riders,Local Races

The road racing season gets underway this weekend (ice permitting) with the 47th Perfs Pedal race. As usual this traditional season opener has attracted a top class field including last year’s winner, Ben Stockdale. Team UK Youth, the squad backed by former F1 world champion Nigel Mansell have a strong team including former Tour de France rider, Magnus Backstedt.

Local hopes for the £150 first prize lie with Richard Horton (BJW). Horton has been training hard over the winter and is in good form. The 18 year old from Winton is not just good on two wheels; he recently won the Poole Park 5km run.
The 46 mile race starts at 11:00am from Southwick in Hampshire and includes 6 climbs of Portsdown Hill, above Portsmouth.

Jordan Wade, (Poole Wheelers) continues to impress at the Ludgershall winter road race series. Wade snatched third place in the latest round on the tank testing Army circuit in Wiltshire. Backing up his second place of the previous week, 17 year old Wade is handily placed in the 8 race series.
( This Saturdays race has been called off due to snow)
Darren Kenny will defend his three Para-cycling world titles in Los Angeles this weekend. Verwood based Kenny will ride in the Kilo, the individual pursuit and the team sprint.

Tandem Pilot, Barney Storey from Corfe Mullen is also in the USA and will ride in the 1 kilometre TT and the sprint with visually impaired stoker, Neil Fachie.

Do you fancy trying out your race legs? Bob Jolliffe sends an invite..... If you do, multi-talented veteran all-rounder Glenn Longland has laid on a pair of open 10-mile time trials on the Kings Somborne to Romsey road on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 to mark the 40th anniversary of his first race. Glenn, who started with Crabwood CC and went on to form Antelope Racing Team, has done it all, and well: cyclo-cross, road racing, track racing and time trialling, at which he excelled, taking the 12-hour competition records in 1983, 1986 and 1991 when he became the first rider to beat 300 miles with a day-long tally of 300.08 miles. He was also National 12-hour Champion in 1978, 1984-6 and 1989; 100-mile champ in 1984 and 50-mile title-holder in 1986 and 1987. He also won the British Best All-Rounder competition in 1986 and again in 1991.And he can still turn in some cracking times against the watch, even on his hack bike complete with pannier rack. Glenn is promoting a solo 10 on the P140, which starts at Compton just south of King’s Somborne and turns at the Greatbridge mini-roundabout at Romsey (take care here) starting at 3pm on the Saturday, and on Sunday is staging a two-up team time trial on the same course with the first pair due to set off south at 9.02am. Entries are £8 per rider for both events. Send them to Glenn Longland at 32 Testlands Avenue, Nursling, Southampton SO16 0XG by February 21. New-style Cycling Time Trials entry forms can be downloaded from the CTT website. New Forest CC’s first club time trial is the traditional pipe-opener on the Holmsley-A35-Burley-Holmsley 10-mile circuit the following Sunday. Event HQ is Goatspen car park and the first rider will be away at 9.31am. The second in the series, over 12.8 miles, will take place seven days later..

Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers popular series of reliability trials concludes with the 100 mile ride on Sunday. The series has been running for many years and numbers are on the increase, nearly 200 turned out for the 50 mile event in November,. Non-members are welcome and the £5 entry fee includes associate membership of BJW. Start and finish is at Merley Community Centre. Parking facilities and refreshments are available. First riders off at 08:30.

We have seen an increase in the number of client’s who have been injured on their bike’s. As a result, we have now developed a cycling accident specialist department within the Personal Injury Department dedicated to the needs of injured cyclists.
The Head of the Personal Injury Department, David McWilliam is a keen cyclist and triathlete. He spends many hours a week training and recognises the dangers caused by Britain’s roads and other road users when out on his bicycle. He and his team have links with many local bike shops and can assist with getting a bike repaired or replaced.
In view of the ever increasing cost of fuel, more and more people are using their bicycles as their main form of transport not just for leisure purposes. Riding a bicycle makes you particularly vulnerable to injury from even the most minor of accidents. Approximately 230 cyclists are killed or seriously injured every month on Britain’s roads. Many more suffer less serious injuries but over 16,000 cyclists are suffering injuries in Britain’s roads every year.
Many accidents involve collisions with HGV’s and the Government are now looking at legislation to require hauliers to fit the 450,000 lorries in Britain with sensors and emergency braking systems to help prevent accidents with cyclists when in vehicles’ blind spots.
If you have been injured in a cycling accident, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation. Ellis Jones can act on a No Win, No Fee basis and you will receive 100% of the damages.
Contact us now for a free assessment of your case on 01202 525333 or email

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