Friday 28 January 2011

Weekly Round Up

Friday 28thJan 2011

· Stuart Bowers (Hargroves Cycles) was in imperious form as he cruised to victory in the final round of the Wessex Cyclo-Cross League. Bowers has had a successful winter season and topped it off with an easy win, beating teammate Andy Hargroves by over 4 minutes. Held in the grounds of Oxford Brookes University, Bowers enjoyed the technical course,” What a great course, that’s what Cyclo Cross used to be like back in the day” Said the Sturminster Marshall based Bowers. “A real mix and it played to my technical strengths, I was coping with riding, where others were floundering all over the place” Sponsor, Peter Hargroves worked hard the in pits, ensuring the bikes were kept clear of mud. Bowers, who works as a cycling journalist, finished 6th in this year National Trophy series and 5th in the National Championships.
· Newly crowned national under 23 Champion Luke Gray (Hargroves Cycles) will pull on Great Britain colours this weekend at the World Championships in St-Wendel, Germany. The 18 year old from Broadstone is under no pressure and the experience of top level racing will stand him in good stead for the future. Teammate and man of many talents, Stuart Bowers has not been selected but will be in Germany working as a mechanic for the GB team.
· Gordon Skillen (Poole Wh) had a string of 3rd places in the latest round of the Calshot Track league. Skillen had crashed heavily the previous week after a clash of wheels but rode consistently in the Scratch, points and the unknown distance to leave himself lying second in the overall standings. New Forest CC youngster Hugo Walters was also in the action with two 3rd places in the youth1km time trial and the point’s race and a 1st in the warm up race.
· This weekend’s 65 mile Purbeck reliability trial, promoted by the Bournemouth Arrow, has been cancelled.

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