Wednesday 30 March 2011

Weekly News Round up 01/04/2011

• Bournemouth based, Bryce Dyer (VC ST Raphael) picked up his second win of the season after a busy weekend of racing. First up for Dyer was the Sotonia 10 mile time trial in the New Forest, the Bournemouth University lecturer recorded a time of 22.29 to finish in 5th place behind winner Harry Bulstrode (Southampton RC). Fast improving Nick Spencer (BJW) just got inside the top ten in 23.13. Dyer then moved onto Swindon for the Corinium CC 2 day race and despite his efforts in the Sotonia event he placed third in the opening 2.4km prologue time trial. A 30 mile circuit race followed, Dyer avoided the crashes to finish safely in the bunch to leave himself 3rd on GC after day 1. Dyer teamed up with Neil Rutter (Swindon RC) for the third stage, a Two up 10 mile time trial. The pair rode strongly to win the stage by 24 secs, with a time of 23.10 and Dyer took the overall by 6 seconds.
• Gary Dighton (Poole Wheelers) took the honors in his own clubs Circuit of Poole Harbour race. The former Olympic Games rider got the better of Paul Jones (BJW) on the testing course,the Poole man finished behind Jones a week earlier in the BJW 42KM, Dighton’s time of 1.05 08 was 33 seconds quicker than Jones, the pair were well clear of Steve Birtwhistle (PW) in third. All three are in action this weekend in the East Dorset 24 on the Badbury Rings course. Adam Topham (High Wycombe cc) will start as favorite and will hope to avoid the punctures that have given him two DNFs already this year.
• Mountain Bikers, Mark Chadbourne and Roland Tilley ( were both in action at Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire. The opening round of the British cross country series saw the two Poole based riders struggling for form with Chadbourne salvaging 6th place and Tilley finishing in an uncustomary 16th position.
• Cambridge University student Dan Ahearn from Brockenhurst won the New Forest cc 16 mile time trial on the Beaulieu course. A clear winner the previous week, Ahearn did not have so easy this time, his time of 39.14 was only 38 secs up on the promoting clubs Colin Humm in 2nd place with Tony Green (GA Cycles) in 3rd with 40.19. Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist Julia Shaw (drag2zero) finished in 4th with 40.20.

Experienced roadman/sprinter, Steve Moss (Bournemouth Arrow/Hotel Collingwood) grabbed second place in the 3rd cat race at Thruxton Motor Racing circuit, Moss's young teammate, Will Stephenson salvaged 11th in the sprint with old campaigner, Pete Wilson in the bunch. Other locals in action included, Richard Horton (Bournemouth Jubilee Wh)in the E12s, Steve Crutcher (Off Camber) and Poole Wheelers, Gordon Skillen and Jordan Wade in the 3s. Richard Stephenson came 12th in the 4th cats event.

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