There will be a new addition to the weekend rides this year, our first ladies ride will be on Sunday 2 June. Departing 09.30 from Wheels going to Shear water possibly longer with a coffee stop at one of the café on route. Ladies please come along and have a good ride hope the weather is good for all of you. Lead rider will be Lorraine Tuck. Gents not allowed on this one
There have been some more good results from the local riders this week. On Monday, Barney Cox won the bunch sprint for third at the first of the Ludgershall summer races. Two riders had already escaped the pack and were long gone by the finish but Barney was best of the rest, with Kim Little just behind in fifth.
Kim went on to win mid-week at the Mid-Devon CC mountain bike race at Haldon Hill near Exeter. Kim won his category in just under an hour, setting some Strava KOMs along the way.
At Thruxton, Charles Rees won the 3/4 cat race, going for a long break. His move paid off when the mid-race the organisers shortened the event by 10 minutes meaning Charles was in no danger of being caught. Charles came home alone, picking up a nice haul of points in his bid to get back up to 2nd cat.
One result which got inadvertently missed from the Southern XC write up was a win for Jerry Cooper. Jerry was riding in the Supervet category and led throughout, winning by nearly four minutes.
The second of the Offcamber time trials takes place tomorrow at 830am, meet at the Todber lay-by and sign in by 815.
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed changes to the GDW tt calendar, we're off to Frome on the 5th of June for the interclub event, then we'll be at Bruton which will be followed by a second outing at Sturminster Newton.
Total Buzz held their first Gillingham triathlon on Sunday, based at the Riversmeet Leisure Centre. It was a sprint distance event, made up of a 400 metres swim, a hilly tt based on the GDW Wyke course and a 5 kms run.
Jay Hookins and Vince Hounsome both made the podium, finishing in second and third with Vince also winning his age group category. Jay set the quickest bike section time, eventually losing out to overall winner Nick Berry by nearly two minutes with most of that time lost in the swim section and in transitions. Vince was second fastest on the bike and just 10 seconds down on Jay by the finish.
Simon Barfoot was 10 th overall (fifth quickest bike time) while Pete Dyer finished in 32nd. Carole Miller was 35th and was the winner in her category.
Full results are on the Total Buzz website and there are loads of photos on Charles Whitton's website.
Round two of the Southern XC series took place at Crow Hill near Ringwood at the weekend. The event also doubled up as the Southern regional championships so this guaranteed a large entry of riders at an already popular venue.
The Vets race was a very close affair, with nothing to choose between Lewis King, Marc Chamberlain, Paul Hopkins (riding for Merida) and Mark Chadbourne over the opening two laps. King was first to lose contact on lap three followed by Chadbourne, leaving Paul leading into the fourth and final lap. However, by the finish Chamberlain had nearly a minute's lead over Paul to win the Vets' title. Nigel Brown (Westbury Wheelers) was riding well and finished in 11th and Andy Parsons (Offcamber) was around a minute behind Nigel in 15th.
In the other races, Kim Little was very unlucky after puncturing whilst leading the four laps Masters race. In the four laps Junior race, Liam Teesdale (Offcamber) finished in ninth against some very fast opposition. James Chant (Offcamber) won the earlier two lap race, winning in just under one hour by nearly a minute after catching and passing Jim Gallagher early in the second lap.
At the Andover Wheelers 10 mile time trial, Chris Mullett came very close to a new pb for the distance on a new course East of Andover. Chris' time of 24.17 gave him 18th position and was just four seconds shy of a new best time. VC St Raphael dominated the event, taking a 1-2-3-4 overall with Simon Tout winning in 20.14 and Lesley Walkling winning the fastest lady prize in 22.19.
Some photos from Crow taken from the Southern XC website -
All Youth and Junior riders, ages 13 - 17 yrs. Monday Club training nights are starting, this will be on public roads for the next few weeks, hoping to get to Henstridge before the end of June. These are not coaching sessions just club training rides. Any Club riders wishing to join the rides are welcome (however this is not a race fest it is club trg for the youths to bring them on). Any rider wishing to join please feel free to do so. Venue Wheels/918 shop car park, 1820 for 1830 start Any further info please contact Mark Geddes on the Contacts page.
Barney Cox took his first road race win at Moreton on Thursday night, sprinting clear from a group of around 20 riders at the finish. The early starting groups in the handicapped race benefited from the organisers holding the scratch group back for a lap until releasing them. Once the remains of groups one and two had merged, they never looked like being caught. Barney was well positioned throughout the closing stages and burst clear in the final metres. James Chant was just behind in eighth, frustrated by being boxed in and unable to join in the sprint while Liam Teesdale was a few places further back from that. Rowan Birch lost contact with the leading bunch over the last lap or so and came home in between them and the scratch group. Josh Day headed them to the line while Matt Thorpe finished his first ever race a lap down.
There are photos from Moreton on Eamonnn Deane's blog here
Paul Hopkins was the winner at the latest GDW time trial, held on the Bruton course, which was slightly shortened again due to the roadworks on the first hill. Vince Hounsome set a quick time for second and Kim Little was third. There were several riders who improved their times from the previous outing at Bruton, the biggest improvers were Mike Donovan, Sarah Roberts, James Howell and Liam Teesdale, who was fastest junior. Results here
Vince Hounsome couldn't have got closer to breaking the hour on Sunday, recording exactly 60 minutes for the 25 mile Bournemouth and District Women's CA event at Poole. Chris Mullett finished on 65.53, a good time on what was a tough morning and far from good conditions. James Foster was taking part in his first 25 miler and set a time of 69.45.
Tomorrow is the final day to enter the Gillingham Tri event on Sunday 19th May. If you're not racing then you are more than welcome to come along and support the competitors - for many this will be their first event...
The Gillingham Triathlon Organisers: Total Buzz Events, are offering free entry to a future Total Buzz Event for anyone who wishes to marshal the Bike or Run leg of this years Gillingham Tri event. Please contact Jody Foy on 07904 668682 or email him: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
It was a fine though windy evening for the the club's first time trial on the new Sturminster Newton course. The tailwind over the final couple of miles made for a fast finish with plenty of riders topping 40 mph coming down to timekeepers.
Paul Hopkins was fastest of the 28 riders, beating Charles Rees and Jay Hookins. Neil Mackinnon was an excellent fourth and quickest of the juniors. Full results here
At the latest hillclimb on Bank Holiday Monday, Josh Day beat Kim Little by ten seconds so it looks like Kim has a title challenger this season. Third went to James Chant, just ahead of visiting rider Jake Coward. Rowan Birch knocked lots of time off of his pb for fifth, while there were pbs for Liam Teesdale and James Howell as well. Paddy Dunne made a big time improvement and Sarah Roberts was over two minutes faster than last time out. Results here
There are still a few people who have yet renew their membership for 2013, if you want to keep the tt/hillclimb points you have earned so far this season please bring your subs and membership form to the Sturminster Newton tt on Wednesday or renew through the BC website. I'll be taking out the non-members' scores after this week's event
Next week's tt is on the new Sturminster Newton course which Roger Limerick proposed a few months ago. The HQ will be at the North Dorset Business Park on the A357, look for the Olives et al shop on the road from Stur to Lydlinch. There is a course map on the 'Gillingham Wheelers Time Trial Courses' page, the link is at the bottom of the page.
It's a 7pm start this week, sign in will be closing earlier than normal so that timekeepers etc have enough time to get to the start on time, sign in by 1840 at the latest.
Please allow enough time to get to the start which is at the footpath entrance on Bath Road directly opposite the North Dorset DC Social Services building. It's just over a mile from the HQ to the start and there are traffic lights at the town bridge in between.
No warming up on the course, please wait to start on the pavements or in the NDDC entrance, not on the road. No u-turns after the finish.
Some points to note about the route -
The road surface at Hindgaston Hollow is very rough, particularly at the entrance to Chippel Lane
The only turn is at Marnhull church, it's a blind turn and very tight, please slow down enough so you don't swing out and cross the white line on the exit
For some reason the residents of Marnhull think it's acceptable to use the Sackmore Lane/Chippel Lane crossroads as a car park. Any traffic exiting these junctions is probably not going to see a cyclist so take extra caution here
Traffic at Bagber crossroads and Thornhill House crossroads also has limited visibility