Bob Jolliffe reports.....A GRADUALLY rising wind on Sunday morning led to a raft of rapid times in the rescheduled Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers’ 25 at Upton.Former 25-mile competition record holder, Poole Wheelers’ Gary Dighton produced the winning ride of 52min 39sec, 44 seconds faster than second-placed Simon Berogna of Velo Club St Raphael, while Tom Alliban of Revo Racing claimed third, four seconds adrift.Second claim New Forest CC member Martin Beale (VC StRaphael) finished in ninth place in 56-40, his fourth 56-minute ride of the year.
First claim New Forester Stuart Peckham went sub-hour for the second time with 59-47, 27 away from his best, set two weekends previously. It earned him 22nd place.
Another second-claim Forest rider Stuart Grace (GA Cycles) was 23rd with 1-01-27.Sotonia CC veterans Colin Crocker and Norman Harvey clocked 1-03-17 and 1-12-24 respectively.
A small field of six faced timekeepers Roger Bacon and Margaret Gannaway in New Forest CC’s pair of hill climbs on Buddle and Ogdens hills at Hyde near Fordingbridge.Junior Hugo Walters repeated his win of last year, nipping up Buddles Hill in 1-49.20, 4.5 seconds slower than his climb last year.But in the shorter, sharper climb of Ogdens which followed he was 1.4 seconds faster than 12 months previously, sprinting up in 37.02 seconds. Stewart Ward ran him a close second in both events with times of 1-52.09 and 38.16 for an aggregate time of 2-30.25 against 16-year-old Walters’ 2-26.26.Walters’ dad Patrick took a deserved third place with 1-57.42 and 41.92 (agg 2-39.34).Richard Rajski was fourth on Buddles with 2-08.32 beating Nick Williams, who had ridden from Andover to compete, by more than six seconds.But Williams turned the tables on Ogdens, taking fourth with 49.09 against Rajski’s 51.83. Rajski clocked the faster aggregate of 3-00.15 against Williams’ 3-03.45.Martin Balk propped up the field with respectable rides of 3-15.57 and 1-02.92 for an aggregate time of 4-18.49).