Thursday 15 September 2011

Local Cycling News

Sarah Storey (Horizon/Prendas Ciclismo) successfully defended both her world titles at the Para-Cycling World Championships in Denmark. Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 2nd claim member, Storey, stormed to victory in the 9.6km Time Trial her winning time of 20.52 for the twisting course was over a minute faster than silver medalist, Anna Harkowska of Poland. The Polish rider put up a strong fight in the road race but Storey proved just too strong in the sprint finish. It was a hatrick for the GB rider; having won both titles in 2009 & 2010 and laid down a marker for the Paralympic games in London next year.
Talent Team member, Crystal Lane was dissapointed with 9th place in the time trial. Lane, riding her first world championships produced a super ride in the road race to win the bronze medal.

Other GB medalists included Mark Colbourne silver in the C1 time trial, Simon Price, bronze C2 road race,

Shaun Mckeown C3 Time Trial Bronze, David Stone(Trike) Time Trial Silver, Rachel Morris, bronze hand cycle road race & Karen Darke bronze in the hand cycle TT & Road Race

Tickets for the 2012 games went on sale last week and are expected to sell out, a first for Paralympic sport. Verwoods Darren Kenny had a disappointing championship. Kenny finished well down in the time trial and crashed out in the road race.

PostScript: As a carer for the GB squad part of my duties included driving a team car to the championships. A flight up to Manchester and on to the Velodrome to load the vehicles, 2 vans & 2 cars. The Holiday Inn in Manchester, then drive down to Folkestone to the Channel Tunnel. On through France, Belgium,Holland and a hotel in Northern Germany. Up early the next morning for a 2 hour drive to catch a ferry across to Denmark. Another 2 hours to the Hotel then quickly over to the airport to pick the athletes up. The return journey was much the same, a greasy spoon on the Germany/Holland border provided supper. Checking into a hotel on the outskirts of Gent,Belgium, we had broken the back of the trip. Back through the tunnel the following morning, gaining an hour i was back in Dorset for lunch. Sleep was a welcome visitor that night!

Kobi Joyce (Bournemouth BMX) clinched the British BMX series title at the weekend. The 12 round, season long series came down to the last race with Joyce needing to win to take the title. The 8 year old who races in the 9 yr male category duly took the victory to top the national rankings.
Joyce is now a double British Champion, having won the under 8 title last year and is set to defend his title at the National Championships at Cheddar Gorge.

Bournemouth Jubilee Wheeler, Paul Jones had to settle for second place in the Bognor Regis 25 mile TT. Jones time of 54.46 was only 9 seconds adrift of in- form Sebastian Ader (a3crg). Winton-Based, Claire Day (Born to Bike) clocked a seasons best 57.09 at the VTTA 25 in Wales. Day is currently lying in 4th place in the British Best All Rounder rankings. Husband Tim recorded a lifetime best 58.03 in the same event.



H.Q. Downton Football Club
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October 2011

3 Stages under T.L.I. Cycling Rules

ENTRIES-: Members £18 Non Members £25 E.O.L. £28

Stage 1 Prologue 2.4km Saturday
Stage 2 Handicap Road Race 42km Saturday 2.30pm
Stage 3 Time Trial 37km Sunday 9.00am

Organiser Glenn Longland 32 Testlands Ave Nursling Southampton Hampshire SO16 0XG
Tel : 02380 731771/07917164064


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