Friday 30 September 2011

Local Cycling News

It's Exciting times here at "E D" with Primera Sport, Bournemouth, becoming our first partner. Primera are very keen to support all aspects of the local cycling scene. Its great to have Bill and the guys at Primera on board and with their support "E D" will continue to bring you the local news. We have also managed to negotiate a 10% discount for "ED" readers (use online or quote code in-store)

Terry Icke "Goes to the Well" to hang onto to Gary Dighton's wheel

Terry Icke & Gary Dighton (Poole Wheelers)won the VTTA (Wessex) Grand Prix Des Gentlemen 2-up 25. Icke & Dighton were clearly "up for it" with Dighton making his racing partner, 67 year old Icke suffer just to hold the wheel. The pair deserved the win and with only a few more races left, it was a timely result. The Poole Wheelers duo will both finish their seasons with the final round of the Rudy Project national circuit series,on the 15th October, promoted by their own club. Bryce Riglar (CC Weymouth)clocked 22.18 for 8th place in the Yeovil CC 10,

team mate Pat Dunn finished 6 secs back in 10th spot. Darren Lewis (Poole Wh) 23.05, Loiuise Burman (A3crg) 25.55 & Stuart Carrington, 26.31, were the other locals in action.

Will Stephenson (Bournemouth Arrow/Hotel Collingwood) came 5th in the Stockbridge Down Road Race. The tough 65 mile race was won by Ben Stockdale (Team Qoroz) who book-ended his year nicely having won the Perfs Pedal race way back in February.

Shaftsbury-Based Paul Hopkins (Merida) wrapped up the Veterans title in the final round of the British Mountain Bike XC series.

Held at Newnham Park Plymouth the tough, technical course put paid to the hopes of many including Winton’s Carol Tilley ( who crashed and was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury.

Team Mates Roland Tilley, Mark Chadbourne & Steve Moors also struggled with the course and finished well down on Hopkins.

Kobi Joyce (Big Daddy/Avent) successfully defended his British BMX title at the National Championships in Cheddar, Somerset. 8 year old Joyce, who recently won the National Points series, seems to thrive on the pressure of the big events and secured the title in front of a 3,000 strong crowd. Having won all 4 qualifying rounds and the semi-final, the Branksome youngster led from the gun in the final. As well as his two titles, Joyce is now ranked No1 in his age group in the UK. After his winning ride Kobi was keen to thank his Team Manager, Martin Baxter. Baxter took on Kobi and his younger brother Ryder this year and "has helped us loads"


The Cycle & Tri Expo is coming to Bournemouth on November 12th at the Bournemouth International centre

Brands attending are:
Lynskey, Sportful, Specialized, Bike-Fit-UK, Cannondale, Trek, Argon18, Eddy Merckx, Assos, Gore, USE, Parlee, Pinarello, Lightweight, Zipp, Garmin, Shimano, Campagnolo, Cervelo, Newton, LOOK, Tacx, Go-Pro, Zone 3, 2XU, Blue, Kuota, UK-Cycling, Giro, Fox, Met and many more to follow!

Roller racing contest on the day! Special guests attending during the day!

As we get more news we will let you know.

A Forest View, Bob Jolliffe writes..........

NEW Forest Cycling Club veteran all-rounder Martyn Dymond kicked off his cyclocross season with 35th place in a substantial field of 93 at Brighton on Sunday.Dymond, 48, who has been turning in some good time trial performances towards the latter part of the season, was the only Wessex League rider to make the journey east to the London League event promoted by Preston Park Youth Cycling Club at Happy Valley Park.Winner was VC Londres’ Jules Birks who finished 2-46 ahead of Jack Finch of VC Deal, who also picked up the junior award.New Forest CC 50-year-old veteran John Heffernan powered his way through the stiff southerly wind to win Sotonia CC’s club 10 on the Lyndhurst/Ipley Cross course on Sunday morning.Despite the tough breeze on the long outward leg to Leygreen, Heffernan nipped another eight seconds from his best reducing it to 23-21.Second place went to the promoting club’s Colin Yeates with 24-16, while New Forest’s Gary Lock took third with 24-35 from GA Cycles’ Richard Blake (24-54).

Mechanical problems put paid to the chances of a fast time by New Forest’s Terry Jefferies and VC St Raphael’s Martin Beale in the Wessex Veteran Time Trials Association Grand Prix des Gentlemen 25 organised by Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers near Wool in Dorset.Jefferies calculated they were on a 58-minute ride when he looked around to find Beale had disappeared after exiting a roundabout at about 15 miles. However, after turning and making running repairs to Beale’s collapsing gear cassette, the pair still returned a time of 1-3-14. At the Mountbatten Centre in Alexandra Park, Portsmouth, New Forest CC’s crack juvenile Hugo Walters finished in the bunch in the 50 minutes plus two laps Elite/First and Second Category circuit race.Andy Betteridge and John Heffernan also finished in the main field in the Third and Fourth category race over 40 minutes plus two laps.Former New Forest CC juvenile Jon Dibben (Hargroves Cycles) from Totton was best British performer in the junior time trial taking eighth place, 48.04sec behind gold medallist, Denmark’s Mads Wurtz.Dibben finished the 126km junior road race in the main field in 34th position, just three seconds behind the small group containing winner Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier of France. (Dibben won Bronze in the mens 4km pursuit at the National Track Championships in Manchester this week with 4.34.201)

French Letter PT3

They tell me it is a fashionable problem for racing cyclists. I broke my collar bone in a Kermess race in Belgium on Saturday 17th September.
The race was at Ertvelde, 50 m 14 laps, for over 70s. I touched a wheel after coming out of a corner on the fifth lap. It was a concrete road, and although I managed to roll over to ease the fall the road was harder than me. Two other riders came off with me including one woman.

The surgeon at Ghent said "six weeks off the bike" The surgeon in France said "Ce n'est pas une grande chose." (It is not a big thing.) It will heal in three weeks. Obviously surgeons are better in France.
I was lying second on points in the over 70's classification in Belgium, but as I cannot finish the season I should end up third or fourth now.
As you can imagine there were a few problems being carted off to hospital from a bike race in a foreign country when you are on your own. One of the questions from the ambulance man was "Have you a woman?"
There were three English lads riding at Ertvelde, they and a friendly Dutchman rallied round sorted out my possesions, moved my car, picked me up from hospital, and put me up for the night.
Next day I drove gently the 260 km to my flat in France with one arm.
Now I am trussed up like a chicken ready for the oven, but the bone appears to healing and movement is returning.
After 71 years of being a serious cyclist apart from cracking a rib, this is the first time I have broken a bone.
I hope to be competing next season, but will see how it goes.
In Belgium they send a bill for the use of the ambulance. It has been known for riders to hide in a ditch after they came off to avoid having to go in the ambulance and pay.
Best wishes,

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