Friday 16 December 2011

Local Cycling News

Jordan Wade (Poole Wheelers) rode to his first victory in the latest round of the Wessex league Cyclo-cross. The Wareham-based, 17 year old triumphed in wet and muddy conditions at Didcot in Oxfordshire, winning the junior race with ease.
Wade will be in action this weekend and will start as favourite on his home ground. Round 9 of the Wessex league will be held in Wareham Forest and with father Dave, promoting the race, Jordan will have “inside knowledge” of the course.

Christmas Cracker Cross Start Times.
UNDER 12s 10:30
YOUTH 11:00
V/J/LADIES 12:00

The senior race at Didcot was won by runaway series leader, Mike Cotty (Wheelbase/Cannondale). New Forest based Cotty has won 4 rounds so far in the league and the title is his to lose.

New Forest CC have taken the decision to cancel their traditional Boxing Day 10 mile Time Trial. Only 13 entries had been recieved when the event closed and the club decided to cancel. Next years event is now in doubt. Last weekends Manchester & District TTA Christmas 10 attracted 49 solo entries, 28 fancy dress entries, 8 tandem & 2 tandem fancy dress entries. Winner was Steve Burke (Macclesfield Wh) 22.54

It’s a busy weekend for the Poole Wheelers. In addition to the Cyclo-Cross event at Wareham, the club have a track session at Calshot on Saturday. Then on Sunday morning they run their traditional “Mince Pie” 10 mile time trial. Run on the Gallows Hill course, entry is on the line with the first rider off at 10:00am.(Event Cancelled)

New Forest CC will promote a round of the prestigious Rudy Project circuit time trial series next August bank holiday. The national event will be on a circuit (p163) based around Hatchet Pond in the New forest. Racing for all categories including disabled cyclists. Poole Wheelers hosted the final round of this years 8 round series in October.

A Forest View

BEING a member of New Forest Cycling Club is not all about getting the miles in and powering along eyeballs out. There is also some serious eating to be done, too.More than 20, of mainly more senior members wearing cracker hats, tucked into some top fare at the annual Christmas lunch at the Old Farmhouse in Burley on what turned out to be a bit of a soggy Sunday afternoon.Ecologically it was sound meal: unwanted veggies were often passed to neighbouring plates to be devoured by hungry bikies trying hard to top up on their vitamins and banishing waste. However, with all those sprouts and parsnips, one has to question whether it did a lot of good to the ozone layer.As well as the traditional turkey and cranberry sauce, there were alternatives in the form of beef and trout; and I believe there was a vegetarian option, though once I caught sight of the word “turkey” on the menu, I looked no farther.For those with room to spare (or eyes bigger than their bellies,) after the starter and mains there was also traditional Christmas pud with brandy sauce among the sweets on offer.The vast majority of those there did their cycling in the morning then took the easy option and drove to Burley after taking the wet weather forecast into consideration.But there was a trio of toughies who opted to pedal: Ann and Pete Hawker who rode their tandem to Lyndhurst before climbing into the car and heading home to Winchester and club president Roger Bacon who forewent a tailwind home by giving away all his parsnips and sprouts. Thanks for organising the event, again, Roger. (Now we know why he has that beard.)Top turboBarry Wootten, who is going to go on a British Cycling course and become club coach, is already getting some members revved up for next season with his turbo training sessions at the clubroom in Tiptoe Church Hall on Wednesday evenings.Two have taken place already with seven members attending the first and six the second. The third session is due to take place tomorrow (December 14) with Chris Hughes in charge because Barry is busy.Idea is to take your own turbo, towel, mat and bike along . . . and be prepared to put in some hard work.Barry is not one of those coaches who stands on the sideline and shouts. He actually does the exercises as well. At the moment they are based on the pyramid system of building speed and they fit in well with his Saturday morning training rides which are being run off at between 15 and 16mph to build a broad base at the bottom of the pyramid to allow lots of layers to be built up.Cost is £3 a session to help pay for the hire of the hall. There is room for up to a dozen turbo trainers at a time, so contact Barry at or club secretary Peter Weaver at ( 01202 822001) to book a spot first.No decision has yet been made whether to stage turbo training on December 21 because of the close proximity to the Christmas festivities.There will definitely not be a session on December 28, but it will be “all systems go” from January 4.

Bill Suttie 1920-2011
Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers President, Peter Boston remembers Bill Suttie, who sadly passed away last week.

Bill Suttie, a long serving member of the Jubilee has died aged 91. My memory of him only goes back to 1972 when I moved down here. He was an inveterate long distance rider and completed no less then 24 24 hour races, many of them on a trike. He held club records of 418 miles in 1958 and 381 miles on a trike in 1964. Bill and Barbara lived in Kinson and two of their children, William and Jean were themselves fast riders with the club in their day. When Jean went to Italy to run a guest house in Tuscany Bill sold up and moved out there to be with Jean and her husband. However it was a brave move and the remoteness and hilly nature of Tuscany didn't help and eventually they came back to the UK in 2004 to live near their other son Alan in Fife, Scotland. I think they were happier there. I rode a lot with him with the Sunday "Scrumpy Wheelers" and in vets events.He was a great companion and friend and we shall miss him. The club's condolences go to his family Barbara, Jean,William and Alan.
Peter Boston.

Funeral to take place at Dundee Crematorium on Tuesday 20th December at 14:45

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