The Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers held their 50 mile time trial this morning in ideal conditions. The course is made up of a hilly first 25 miles from Organford to Sturminster Marshall and back followed by three laps of the Poole bypass for the second half. Vince Hounsome was by far the quickest of the GDW riders, but was a little disappointed with his time of 2 hours one minute and 10 seconds for ninth place. James Chant really struggled with his ongoing hip injury from about mile 25 to 35 but felt better towards the end and finished with 2.10.14 for 19th. Chris Mullett was pleased with his first ever 50 miler with a time of 2.19.56. The overall winner was Terry Icke (Poole Wheelers) who set a new age group category record of 1.50.29 (he’s 68…the rest of us can’t be trying hard enough).
The final TLI handicapped road race of the season took place last week at the usual Moreton venue. The race was shortened down to 45 minutes due to bad light and this played into the hands of the early starting groups as the scratch group would have little chance of making up their time deficit. Liam Teesdale, in his first road race event, and James Chant were on course for a clear 1-2 finish as they had two-upped their way into what looke dlike an unassailable lead over the field. Unfortunately, the third and fourth placed riders were towed back to them by none other than Nigel Brown, who was a lap down and hadn’t realised the what the situation was. Undeterred, James and Liam got clear again with half a lap to go but were then caught once more and missed out in the final sprint with James second and Liam fourth.
TLI’s annual two up event takes place this Saturday (25th) at Timsbury near Stockbridge. It’s a great event on a challenging 20 kms course. It’s too late to pre-enter but you can still enter on the day, though it will cost slightly more at £20 per pairing. HQ is the Old Malthouse Inn on the main road to Romsey, sign in by 1430 for a 1500 start. The pre-entry includes a very strong list of rides this year, plus James and Chris.