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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Dorset Miles, Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 100 Mile Reliability Trial


Each ride in the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers winter reliability trial series is doable, the 50 easier than the 100 of course. To do all four trials across one winter is the challenge, ok not much of a challenge but enough to require focus and commitment and always pleasing to tick off. 35 signed on for the 100 this year, all aiming for that modest goal, a further 12 rode the 100km option on a damp, dull February morning. Too big to start with, the gruppetto would be thinned out by the rolling, relentless miles, those too eager on the front would pay for it later. Its not about the first 20 miles, its about the last 20, no problem getting it wrong once but learn from it, there is no excuse. Regular readers will know i like my place names, there are too many to list on the 100. There is a bird roasting in the oven along with some potatoes, I'm gonna have a beer, look them up on the BJW website if you really want too. The muddy lanes from Okeford Fitzpaine to Piddletrenthide are classic, the drop down Knackers Hole at Fifehead St Quentin could almost be done in a Kayak. We dont quite go to Fifehead Neville but i just like saying it, so there. Overcooking a corner, someone comes down, its his fault, he knows it, embarrassed more than hurt he is quickly up and on the bike, fair play! A few are unlucky to puncture, no surprise really, gravel, rain-washed from the verges covers the road like Brighton Beach. On to Puddletown, the stronger legs come to the fore, we are all feeling it, Tincleton to Worgret Heath is grippy as the pace quickens. There is talk of tea, there is talk of cake, we can almost smell it but we are not there yet. The climb up from Limberlost after 95 miles is about hanging on, the small knot of riders remaining proving their reliability along Merley Park lane, the final few hundred meters back to the HQ the only part of this wonderful route ridden twice. First back or last back, all earn their cuppa and their medal and can bask in the glow of something! The Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers reliability trial series will be back on Sunday 5th November with the 50 mile event.

6rhs 30 119 Miles

100M Finishers (provisional)

Cliff Berridge
Bill Day
Eamonn Deane
Mark Freeman
Rob Griffiths
Steve Groome
David Hammersley
Keith Hemming
Mark Hitchcott
Andrew Humphreys
Andrew Kahn
Gavin Kewley
Jud Kirk
Pete Kirk
Charlie Lowis
Mike Mackenzie
David Makepeace
Luke Monahan
Adrian Murray
John O'Brien
Dan Pearce
Bob Richardson
Matt Rollinson
Clifford Rowe
Phillip Scriven
Chris Simpson
Tim Smith
Bob Smith
Will Soloman
Steve Staniland
Michelle Walter
Richard Walter
Mark Westcott
Chris Wilson

100km Finishers

Bob Bennetts
Alan Brimecombe
George Creasey
Paolo De Luca
Catherine Fraser
Tim Harris
Dean Hersey
Hannah Hersey
Gary Johnson
Claire Johnson
Lyndon Thompson
Roland Tilley
Ian Turner
Paul West
Pete Wilson

Medal Winners

Cliff Berridge
Bill Day
Eamonn Deane
Mark Freeman
Rob Griffiths
Steve Groome
Keith Hemming
Mark Hitchcott
Andrew Humphreys
Andrew Kahn
Jud Kirk
Pete Kirk
Mike Mackenzie
David Makepeace
John O'Brien (Trike)
Dan Pearce
Bob Richardson
Matt Rollinson
Clifford Rowe
Phillip Scriven
Tim Smith
Bob Smith
Steve Staniland
Michelle Walter
Richard Walter
A special mention to John O'Brien who rode all four reliability trials on his trike.

5 comments:

  1. Hi Eamonn, great write up as always. Does the medal get posted out to those that completed the series? It was me btw that overcooked it!

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  2. Medals will be available later in the year, usually around November, to fit in with BJW prize giving.

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  3. Great ride guys, big shout out to the tri guys who led the front of peloton round for most the day even if they had ran 20 miles the day before and still gave the roadies a wheel! Top riding!

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  4. Alan Brimecombe. There's a blast from the past. He'd always beat me by minutes in a 10 and a 25, but I usually got him back in a 50. Pass on my regards to him if you see him.

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  5. Alan Brimecombe. There's a blast from the past. Anyone who sees him, please pass on my best wishes.

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