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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Mud,Sweat n' Gears (and ice) Monthly Reliability Trial!


Twenty Six riders signed on and set out from the shop. A nice easy group start pace in glorious sunshine, if a tad chilly. Out of Dorchester to Crossways via West Stafford there was a bit of frost on the road but nothing to deter an optimistic rider. At the level crossing a few riders wheels spinned as they put the power down and then behind the ominous sound of a pedal scraping across icy tarmac. Rider down. The extent of the damage was torn Lycra and dented pride - we were quickly back on our way again. But riding very tentatively. A car lying upside down in the hedge left even the most optimistic riders wondering what they were letting themselves in for today. A gritter headed in the opposite direction blasting all of us with gravel and salt. A few hours too late perhaps...
Gingerly we continued on through Dick o' the Banks, Redbridge, Moreton to East Burton where there was no let up with the icy conditions even where the sun was shining on the road. At the Seven Stars we turned towards the Winfrith Roundabout. The 'official' route was to the Lulworth Road via New Buildings. A few riders opted to avoid the ice on this road and take a longer detour via Wool. At least the long drag up to Lulworth Camp gave us a break from the ice. But the unsaid thought was 'how icy will Whiteways Hill be?'. Fortunately the climb up Whiteways and the descent down Grange were wet but not at all affected by ice. The views towards Kimmeridge and Swyre as we headed along the ridge above Tyneham were glorious. At the bottom of Grange we headed to Furzebrook via the Duck Pond and then sped down to Furzebrook Roundabout, where another slippery moment reminded us to be careful.
Heading into the slight Westerly breeze at Wareham the miles started to pass by more quickly along Puddletown Road as we worked together. More ice on the back roads from Hythe to Bere Regis, Briantspuddle, Tolpuddle, Puddletown and Waterston. Here the ice remained only where the sun hadn't reached the road. A final very icy reminder on the junction of Waterston and Slyers Lane what this day was all about before heading up the last hill and back to the shop.

24 riders completed the ride and got back to the shop to enjoy a large brew and slice of cake included in the £2 entry fee. A well organised Reliability Ride with a cracking route added 50 to the Winter miles base. Thanks to Andy and the MS&G team - perhaps they can guarantee better road conditions for next month?
Thanks to Mark Freeman for braving the conditions then writing about it!

Crawforths Christmas Cracker! Crabwood Cross/Wessex League


Jody Crawforth (Hargroves Cycles) stormed to a clear win in the Crabwood Christmas Cross, as he warmed up for bigger challenges in 2014. The 33 year old from Guildford had clear daylight on the field halfway round the first lap and never took his foot off the gas to win by nearly two minutes.
Mike Cotty (Wheelbase-Cannondale) has got the Wessex league wrapped up but could only watch Crawforth’s rear wheel quickly disappear. The Southampton Sports centre venue has seen a months’ worth of rain in a week, leaving the course thick with mud and suiting the better technique of the Hargroves man. Cotty could not compete with Crawforth but was clear in second place having seen off the brief challenge of Andy Hargroves (Felt-Colbornes). Hargroves had tried to follow Crawforth early doors but quickly fell back, before losing the fight with Cotty.
Meanwhile Stuart Bowers (Hargroves Cycles) had warmed up and had both in his sights as the race settled down. Bowers would catch Hargroves and threatened Cotty but the league leader always had too much. At the bell, Crawforth led by 1:40 from Cotty who had 30 secs on Bowers. Only on this lap did Crawforth ease up, crossing the line with a satisfied smile. The Crabwood Cross had moved from its traditional Boxing Day date, the new date understandibly suited the organisers but numbers were down on previous years as the race clashed with other events on the calendar.
Jody Crawforth…….
“The plan was to just smash it; I have not done much training in the last month but have done a lot in the last week or so, a lot of hard rides. I won’t start flying straight away but hopefully I will start going well, the next few races for me are Shrewsbury National Trophy and then the National Champs, a medal will be a good result. I come to these races for a good work out, enjoy it and try to get fit; I don’t find it quite as easy to get that top level of fitness. I am getting older and my eighteen month old daughter, Sienna; she is a lot of joy but at the same time a little terror!"


Provisional Result
1st Jody Crawforth Hargroves Cycles 49mins 59secs
2nd Michael Cotty Wheelbase Cannondale @2mins
3rd Stuart Bowers Hargroves Cycles @2mins 29secs
4th Andy Hargroves Felt Colborne Hargroves RT @3mins 41secs
5th Matthew Hargroves Hargroves Cycles 6mins 19secs
6th Chris Minter Pedal On 6mins 53secs
7th Daniel Bell Ellmore Factory Racing
8th James Cotty i-ride.co.uk
9th Karl Norfolk Pedal On @1lap
10th Matthew Taylor Pedal On

Wessex League Winner Mike Cotty

Friday, 27 December 2013

Topham Talks: British Best All-Rounder in Dorchester!


CC Weymouth is inviting local cyclists to a talk on training to ride fast by Adam Topham (High Wycombe CC), British Best All-Rounder 2012 and 2013.
The talk will take place at the Kings Arms Hotel, High East Street in Dorchester on Wednesday 29th January 2014 at 7pm for 7:30 followed by a question-and-answer session in which the audience are invited to ask questions regarding all aspects of cycle training.
Plenty of car parking spaces are available in the main Acland Road car park in the centre of Dorchester which is free after 6pm.
There is a Bar at the Kings Arms for those wishing to buy drinks to take into the talk and there will be a short break between the two sessions.
There will be a charge of £2 at the door to cover the cost of the event.
To attend this event please contact Justin Oakley, on 01305 266798 / 07968 213833 or justinoakley@hotmail.co.uk so that we can gauge numbers.
Website HERE

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Boxing Day 10, Xavier's Xmas Extra!


Xavier Disley (RST Sport/Aero Coach) won the New Forest CC Boxing day 10 mile time trial for the second time in three years, clocking 22.11 on the Ringwood –Sopley course. Disley won by 55 secs in 2010 but was pushed all the way this year by Andrew Langdown (Hants RC) who finished just 3 seconds adrift. Local favourite Gary Dighton (Poole Wheelers) has been riding 300 miles a week in training but had to settle for third place with 22.26 in what proved to be a very competitive race despite the festive occasion. Adel Tyson-Bloor (Team Mule Bar), making her debut for her new team won the ladies race in 26:23. Sam Humpreston & Charlotte Easton (Look Mum no Hands) recorded 23.57 to win the tandem event. Boxing Day regulars, Ray Hughes (Clarence Wh) & Wendy Pails (Farnboro & Camb cc) rode round as Worzel Gummidge & Aunt Sally to win the fancy dress award. Heavy rain on Christmas day had put the race in doubt but the fifty starters plus six tandem pairings, were rewarded with clear, cold blue skies and near perfect conditions, .
Provisional Results
1 XAVIER DISLEY RST SPORT/AERO COACH 22.11
2, ANDREW LANGDOWN HAMPSHIRE RC 22.14
3, GARY DIGHTON POOLE WH 22.26
4, GREG PARKER VC ST RAPHAEL 22.30
5, PAUL JONES POOLE WH 22.43
6, NICK O’HARA NEW FOREST CC 22.46
7, SIMON BEROGNA VC ST RAPHAEL 23.06
8, IAN PALMER TWICKENHAM CC 23.34
9, NICK FREWIN BOURNEMOUTH JUB 23.35
10, CLIFF ROWE BOURNEMOUTH JUB 23.52
11, BEN KEIGHTLY BOURNEMOUTH JUB 23.55
12, JAMES HORTON POOLE WH 24.14
13, ANDREW PHIPPS RN&RM 24.20
14, STUART PECKHAM NEW FOREST CC 24.56
15, PETE WILSON BOURNEMOUTH ARROW 25.23
16, TONY STRICKLAND BOURNEMOUTH ARROW 25.32
17, TOM REID (J) NEW FOREST CC 26.10
18, ADEL TYSON BLOOR (L) TEAM MULE BAR 26.23
19, COLIN WHITE BOURNEMOUTH JUB 26.26
20, GRAHAM LENTON NEW FOREST CC 26.27
21, MICHAEL COURAGE BOURNEMOUTH JUB 26.40
22, DEAN JEWER BOURNEMOUTH JUB 26.53
23, JOANNE MACRAE LOOK MUM NO HANDS 27.14
24, CATHERINE PASCOE GA CYCLES 27.28
25, BRIAN GARREARD BOURNEMOUTH ARROW 27.30
26, NEIL STEVENSON NEW FOREST CC 27.57
27, ADAM TUREL BOURNEMOUTH JUB 28.03
28. JOHN HEWSON BOURNEMOUTH JUB 28.05
29, PHILLIP UNDERWOOD NEW FOREST CC 28.09
30, MATTHEW GOLDEN A3CRG 28.20
31, BARRY WOOTEN NEW FOREST 28.27
32, LUKE BUTLER BOURNEMOUTH JUB 28.33
33, MARK MCHALE NEW FOREST CC 28.34
34, CHRIS BARRETT (JUV) BYNEA CC 28.36
35, ROBERT YORK CHRISTCHURCH BC 28.54
36, DAVE HOLLOWAY CHRISTCHURCH BC 28.59
37, SCOTT PARTRIDGE PORTSMOUTH NORTH END CC 29.03
38, PHIL BETTANY 100%ME 29.05
39, ROY O’CALLAGHAN 29.24
40, JONATHAN PARTRIDGE NEW FOREST CC 29.44
41, MARTIN BALK NEW FOREST CC 30.01
42, MARTIN WOODGATE BOURNEMOUTH JUB 30.24
43, PAUL DASHWOOD CHRISTCHURCH BC 30.37
44, JACQUELINE YORK (L) CTC SOUTH HANTS 32.22
43, CLAIRE GRENOW (L) NEW FOREST CC 32.23
44, HELEN MCHALE (L) NEW FOREST CC 32.54
46, SEAN WILLIAMS NEW FOREST CC 33.00
47, ROBERT MOORE BOURNEMOUTH ARROW 33.54
48, ALEXANDER JEFFERIES POOLE WH 34.08
49, PETE SUMMERS FARNHAM RC 35.39
50, MARIA GOLDEN FARNHAM RC (LV) 43.11
TANDEMS
1,SAM HUMPRESTON & CHARLOTTE EASTON LOOK MUM NO HANDS 23.53
2, COLIN YEATES & PENNY CROSSBURN SOTONIA CC 27.31
3, RAY HUGHES CLARENCE WH & WENDY PAILS FARNBORO & CAMB CC 28.09
4, JULIAN GEE & MICK BRADBAN SOTONIA CC 28.29
5, JOHN REDFORD & NICK WISBY SOTONIA 28.56
6, SIMON HALL ADDOVER WH & MARY CORBETT SOTONIA 35.08