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Guy_Watson

In Janurary 2004 I was asked by The Portsmouth Evening News if I would think about taking over from Chris Davies and write some weekly news columns about local cycling events. I was honoured to be considered, as I had grown up reading Chris's reports in 'The News' and had read about his exploits cycling around the world, having ridden 10,000 miles every year for 50 consequtive years and amassing nearly 1 million miles in his lifetime! Chris was a familiar site at local cycling events and would talk to riders, collect results and write a weekly column for a nominal fee.

Chris had kept cycling in the back pages of our local paper, despite Pompey doing well in their first Premiership season. Cycling was then yet to rise anywhere near the level of popularity it has enjoyed post 2012, I was concerned about cycling loosing it's spot, so I agreed to step in on a temporary basis until someone was found to do it permenantly.

My main source of information back then was going to be talking to friends and promoters on the phone - there was precious little online to cut and paste in time to meet print deadlines, so most things, including results lists had to be typed in to an email. I was passionate to spread the word to those outside the cycling club community about the number of events that were going on largely under the radar, and so I was happy to volunteer my time for free, as I saw it as a way of putting something back in to the sport that had given my so much pleasure.

For just over a year I spent a few hours every Thursday morning and Sunday night, submitting a weekend preview, followed by reports and results. It was a real labour of love, and it was with genuine regret that I had couldn't keep it going any longer than I did. But a young family, busy job, running i-Team, coaching and trying to train enough to keep my 2nd Cat license was taking up more and more time, meant that something had to give, so my preview for the 2005 Perf's Pedal Race, was my last submission.

I was glad I did it though because I think it captured something of what the local cycling scene was like back in 2004. A decade later, after finding all my old articles in Word documents on an old laptop, I thought I'd published them as an archive, so that new generations of club cyclist could have a snapshot of the sport in the Portsmouth area as it was in 2004. From my perspective, the main changes from 2004 to 2014 are the number of club Road Races that were being promoted back then - and a distinct lack of sportives on the calendar!

Some of my highlights from that year were:

  • 22-03-04: i-Team promoted the then South Coast’s biggest ever cycle race for women, the 75km i-Team Trophy
  • 25-07-04: Richard Heathcote finished 18th behind a young Dan Martin & Ian Stannard in the National Junior RR Champs
  • 07-08-04: Havant Grand Prix
  • 16-08-04: Yours truly winning an 80km Cat3 race at Goodwood from a 6 man break :)
  • 23-08-04: Junior Richard Heathcote wins 2nd Cat Barnsfield Heath race to land his 1st Cat license

N.B. Results & Reports in Black below were printed on Monday / Tuesday, while in Blue are the Previews and Event Diaries that were printed on Friday / Saturday


Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 22-05-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

Instone Mounts Local Challenge

Hantspol Cycling Club promote their open 10 mile time trial this evening, on the A3, North of Petersfield, with the first rider starting at 18.01. Starting near Greatham village on the B3006, the riders race to the Liphook roundabout and then return to Greatham. Course record is a 30mph, 19 minutes and a second, set by Michael Hutchinson in May 2001. 64 riders have entered, with top seed, Ray Hughes of Clarence Wheelers off at 19.00. Local fastman, Ben Instone (A3CRG) will be looking to maintain the form that won him the Hampshire Road Club ‘10’ at the beginning of the month. This year has been a breakthrough year for the popular Instone and on his home course; he will be hard for Hughes to beat. The other seeded riders are Simon Berogna (V.C. St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles, Tony Harvey & Pete Pickers (Northovers VT,) Brian Molloy (Epsom CC) and Steve Geran (GS Stella.)

Instone rides again on Sunday and is top seed in the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 30 mile event at Lytchett Matravers in the New Forest. Portsmouth riders, Simon Berogna & Aaron Stanton (VC St. Raphael,) plus veteran, Ray Robinson (Velocity/Off The Record) are also riding and are set for high placings.
 
DIARY DATES:

SUNDAY 23 MAY:
Bournemouth Jubilee Whs Open 30 Mile Time Trial – Lytchett Matravers – 07:30
Sun 23 May Bognor Regis CC Club 30 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 07.00
Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides.
Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00
i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 07:30 for 80 mile training ride to Stockbridge and New Forest.
Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15 for ride to Liss and Waggoners Wells.

TUESDAY 25 MAY
Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - U16 - 18:20
E.1.2.3.4.W.J 60Km - 19:00
Goodwood Gallops, Goodwood Motor Circuit - U16 4-16km 18:30 - E.1.2.3.4.J.W 60km 19:00

WEDNESDAY 26 MAY
Portsmouth Circuits - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - U16 - 18:45
E.1.2.3.4 52Km - 19:30
Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Liss and Farnham.

THURSDAY 27 MAY
Hampshire RC 10 Mile Club Time Trial - Funtington - 19:30  
A3crg 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Liss - 19:00

SATURDAY 29 MAY
Hantspol CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Greatham / Liphook - 18:00
i-Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 for coached training ride.
Havant CTC meets Havant Museum for ride to Trotton and Graffam.


Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 16-05-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

Portsmouth’s elite race team, V.C. St Raphael /Waite Contacts/Hewitt Cycles, continued their dominance of local time trial events, by taking the team prize at Sunday’s ‘Ern Dykes’ memorial 25 mile event, promoted by Portsmouth North End CC. Their team of Steve Walkling, Malcolm Cox & Simon Berogna, rode to a combined time of 3hrs 41 minutes and 02 seconds and with Leslie Anne-Allen, they also took the ladies prize. The individual classification was closely fought affair, with Walkling the victor in 53.19, with Mike Coyle of VC Etoile 2nd in 53.28 and Cox 3rd in 53.36.

To the west of the region, Velocity / Off The Record riders, Ray Robinson & Richie Berogna, finished 5th and 8th respectively in the Sotonia CC 25 mile event.

Local road race cyclists performed well at Thruxton on Saturday, with Paul Pickup (Liphook Cycles RT) finishing 3rd to GREG SANDY Alcan/Sun Chemical-Alcan/R.G.L Cycles/Sun Chemical/Bianchi in the 56km Elite Event. Chichester super-veteran, Tim Costello (Southdown Velo / MASSS LTD/The Hunter Springs Consultancy,) stayed away from the chasing pack to finish 4th. Andy KIENZLE (Fareham Wheelers CC,) was seventh in the 3 category & juniors event.

Time trialists took on road racers at the Portsmouth Mountbatten Centre Circuit Races last Wednesday. Team Axiom’s Luke Myers beat VC St Raphael’s Rowan Horner, Simon Brooks and Steve Walkling in the Principia-sponsored 56km event.  


Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 15-05-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

Portsmouth North End CC promote their annual 25 mile open event on Sunday, on a course between Tangmere and Arundel. Michael Hutchinson holds the course record with a lightning 50 minutes and 59 seconds, set in 1999. Thankfully for local riders, Hutchinson is a rare visitor to the area. Although his record could stay on the shelf for years, quality riders like Steve Walkling (V.C. St Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles) could get close, if the conditions are right and the form is there. With Walkling, Simon Berogna and Malcolm Cox, VC St. Rapheal definitely look set to take the team prize. Although the 3rd team man on paper, Cox has been training for shorter distance events and he hit 542 Watts power output in a recent lab test, so he could be an outside bet for the overall win.

Headquarters are at Aldingbourne Community Centre and the first rider starts at 6.56 AM. 75 out of a possible 120 riders have entered the reduced numbers due to a clash with the Sotonia CC ‘25’ to the West.

The Sotonia CC event in Dorset starts an hour later and has also attracted 70 riders, including course record holder Ray Hughes. Portsmouth’s Team Velocity/Off The Record riders, Richie Berogna and Ray Robinson will be looking to finish high on the results table and earn more points in the season long South District competition.

DIARY DATES:

SUNDAY 16 MAY:
Portsmouth North End CC 25 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 06:56
Sotonia CC 25 Mile Time Trial – Lychett Matravers – 07.30
Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides.
Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00
i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 08:30 for training ride.
Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15

MONDAY 17 MAY
Team Axiom 10 Mile Time Trial – 19:00

TUESDAY 18 MAY
Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - U16 - 18:20
E.1.2.3.4.W.J 60Km - 19:00
Goodwood Gallops, Goodwood Motor Circuit - U16 4-16km 18:30 - E.1.2.3.4.J.W 60km 19:00

WEDNESDAY 19 MAY
Portsmouth Circuits - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - U16 - 18:45
E.1.2.3.4 52Km - 19:30
Hampshire RC 2-up 10 Mile Time Trial - Funtington - 19:15  

THURSDAY 20 MAY
Portsmouth North End CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Funtington - 19:00
Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 19:00

SATURDAY 22 MAY
Hantspol CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Greatham / Liphook - 18:00
i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 for coached training ride.


Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 09-05-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

A full field of 60 riders tackled Sunday’s Hantspol CC 60km Road Race, which included 5 ascents of Portsdown hill, through the village of South Boarhunt. Pre race favourite, Philip Gough (Portswood Cycles RT) tried to escape the pack several times during the early laps but he was not allowed any freedom, as he was chased down by the Velocity/Off the Record and Vectis/Off Shore teams. These early attacks split the field on the 1 in 8 Boarhunt climb but the bunch came together again on lap 3, as the leaders began to mark each other. On the final approach to the finish, Lee Burdon (Bournemouth Arrow/Fircroft Hotel,)  made an opportunist attack on the descent before Boarhunt and then powered up the climb to take a 10 second lead with 200m to go. The bunch, lead in earnest by Gough, was rapidly gaining ground on Burdon as he began to fade but he just held out to the line, foiling the sprinters, to take an intelligent, hard fought win.

Earlier in the morning, time trialists were competing in 25 and 50 mile events. Team Axiom’s Roy Ludford, a 50 mile novice was the fastest rider in Hampshire Road Club’s Portsdown Time Trial League 50 in a respectable time of 2hr09min44secs. Keith Drew (HRC) finished with a personal best time of 2.12.17 to become Club Champion and winner of the Memorial Shield. Portsmouth North End CC’s Glen Syder was lucky to escape without serious injury after rolling a tubular tyre of his wheel whilst descending at 40mph.

In the Bournemouth & Dist WCA 25 Mile Time Trial, Leslie Anne-Allen rode strongly to become the 3rd counter in V.C. St.Rapheal/Waite Contracts team victory with Steve Walkling & Simon Berogna. The individual classification saw local short distance specialists, Steve Walkling, Ben Instone (A3CRG) & Chris Ball (53-12 Multisports,) continue what is becoming an exiting rivalry. On this occasion, it was Chris Ball the victor in a time of 53:45, with Instone 2nd (54:06) & Walkling 3rd (54:38) Veteran Rider, Gary Buckett (Velocity) lead the rest of the field with a time of 56:36.

Tuesday May 4, Velocity/Off The Record - Goodwood Gallops #2 - E/1/2/3/4/J; 30 miles
1. Nick Allen           VC Meudon  
2. Anders Christensen   VC Meudon  
3. Craig Peter          VC Meudon  
4. Simon McNamara       Team Synergy
5. Liam Terry           Southdown Velo  
6. Toby Neave           Southdown Velo
8. Tim Costello         Southdown Velo  
11. Shaun Smart         Southdown Velo  
14. Gyles Wingate        Principia RT  
15. Justin Hoy           Evans Cycles RT  
16. James Louter         In Gear RT  
17. Darrell Pembroke     Freerider Cycles
18. Tim Dunfold          Hargroves Cycles
19. Graham Wood          Team Luciano
20. Richard Heathcote    i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com
21. Steve Ferguson       Team Maestro
22. Mike Paget           Hants RC  
24. Mario Manelfi        Freerider Cycles
32. Gerry McDougal       i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com
   
Youth - 2 laps
1. Tom Ludford         Team Axiom
    
Youth - 4 laps
1. Matt Howard      VC Jubilee Y

Senior Goodwood Gallops Overall after round 2 1. Simon McNamara Team Synergy 32 2. Anders Christensen VC Meudon 31 3. Tim Costello Southdown 27
 
Youth Goodwood Gallops Overall after round 2 1= Dan Manelfi Freerider RT 39 1= Matt Howard VC Jubilee 39 3. Joe Ludford Team Axiom 33

Wednesday 5th May 2004 - PORTSMOUTH CIRCUITS Supported by Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth SENIORS

1. Duncan SHERWOOD   Hillingdon CC       56km
2. Roy LUDFORD       Team Axiom            
3. Mick METCALF      Team Axiom          @ 2 laps
4. Matt COATES       VC St Raphaël/Waite Contract
5. Richard PEARMAN   Team Axiom              
6. Derek LUDFORD     Team Axiom              
7. Dominic COUGHLIN  Vectis Offshore Sports CC
8. Kevin BLANN       Team Luciano – Fonderiest               

YOUTHS
1. Tom BUTT        Chapel Tri-Stars Junior Tri Club  20min + 2 laps
2. Ben PLAIN       Chapel Tri-Stars Junior Tri Club                
3. Charlie WHITE   Solent Race Team

Thursday    06/05/04    - Portsmouth North End CC 10 Mile Time Trial - Liphook  
1    Steve Walkling    V.C.St Rapheal/Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles
20.45
2    Tony Harvey    Northover RT    21.48
3    Gary Buckett    Velocity/Off The Record 21.51
4    Richie Berogna    Velocity/Off The Record 22.36
5    Ben Instone    a3crg    22.43
6    Jon Coleman    i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com    22.47
7    Steve Legg    Twickenham C.C.    22.53
8    Ben Shaw    i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com    23.05
9    Keith Drew    Hampshire Road Club    23.32
10    Lesley Allen    V.C.St Rapheal/Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles 23.52 11    Warren Peters    a3crg    24.18 12    Trevor Hillman    a3crg    24.34
13    Chris James    Portsmouth North End CC 24.43
14    Alan Emmott    Hantspol CC 25.15
15    Stan Maidwell    Fareham Wheelers    25.45
16    Gareth Peters    Fareham Wheelers    26.46
17    Simon Palmer    Velocity/Off The Record    29.08
18    Mike Simpson    Portsmouth North End CC    29.36
19    John Johnson    Portsmouth North End CC    30.58
20    Ken Waller    Portsmouth North End CC    43.23

Sunday 09 May - Bournemouth & Dist WCA 25 Mile Time Trial

1 Chris Ball 53-12 Multisports   53:45
2 Ben Instone a3crg   54:06
3 Steve Walkling VC St Raphael   54:38
6 Gary Buckett Off the Record / Velocity V 56:36
9 Simon Berogna VC St Raphael   57:02
12 Glenn Longland Antelope RT V 57:47
13 Mark Ashton Off the Record / Velocity V 58:07
15 Pete Pickers Northovers VT V 58:35
31 Lesley-Anne Allen VC St Raphael W 1:01:18
32 Ben Shaw i-team.co.uk   1:01:26
43 Rob Tutt GS Europa   1:02:56
44 Jonathan Legg Sotonia CC   1:03:07
47 Alan Sharpen Sotonia CC V 1:04:04
60 Barrington Day Fareham Whs V 1:09:47
62 Kaaren May a3crg W 1:09:49
63 David Collard-Berry a3crg V 1:10:22

FASTEST TEAM
VC St Raphael (Steve Walkling, Simon Berogna & Lesley-Anne Allen -2:52:58)

Portsdown TT League 50 Mile TT – Hampshire Road Club - Funtington

1     Roy Ludford    Team Axiom    2.09.44
2    Tony Hart    Team Axiom    2.11.32
3    Keith Drew    Hampshire Road Club    2.12.17
4    Andrew Wheadon    Hampshire Road Club    2.16.19
5    Gary Ferrett    Hampshire Road Club    2.19.23
6    Jon Pollard    Fareham Whs    2.23.27
7    Scot Ward    Hampshire Road Club    2.25.29
8    Peter Knipe    Fareham Whs    2.25.40
9    Paul Whitehead    Hampshire Road Club    2.27.16
10    Tracey Slade    Hampshire Road Club    2.27.48
11    Alan Emmott    Hantspol CC    2.27.49
12    Geoff Davis    Hampshire Road Club    2.28.30
13    Derek Harris    Hampshire Road Club    2.31.25


Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 08-04-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

Hantspol CC, the Hampshire Police’s own cycling club, promote their popular 58km Spring Road Race on the tough South Boarhunt / Portsdown Hill Circuit. A full field of 60 riders have entered, including Portswood Cycle’s on-form Junior rider, Philip Gough – winner of last month’s Sheerspire Road Race. Gough must be favourite for this event but Portsmouth’s Velocity / Off the record team of Ray Robinson & Richard Berogna will be determined to put up a strong challenge. Other teams include i-team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com, who’s junior rider, Richard Heathcote has been placing well in rescent events. Bournmouth Arrow/Pimera are sending 6 riders, with Team Velo Vet & Vectis Offshore Sports, teams of 4 & 3 respectively.

Club time trialists will be preparing to increase their race distance this weekend, with Hampshire Road Club promoting the first 50 mile time trial of the year. This event is part of the Portsdown Time Trial League and starts from Funtington at 06:30.

DIARY DATES:

SUNDAY 9 MAY:
Hantspol CC 58Km Portsdown Spring Road Race - D-Day Memorial Hall, Southwick, Hants – 10:00
Hampshire RC Portsdown League 50 Mile Time Trial – Funtington – 06:30
Bournemouth & Dist WCA 25 Mile Time Trial - Lytchett Matravers – 07:00
Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides.
Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00
i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 08:30 for training ride.
Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15

MONDAY 10 MAY
Vectis Offshore Sports CC Sporting 46 Mile Time Trial - I.O.W. 17:00
CC Weymouth 10 Mile Time Trial - 14:00
TUESDAY 11 MAY

Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - U16 - 18:20
E.1.2.3.4.W.J 60Km - 19:00
Goodwood Gallops, Goodwood Motor Circuit - U16 4-16km 18:30 - E.1.2.3.4.J.W 60km 19:00

WEDNESDAY 12 MAY
Portsmouth Circuits - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - U16 - 18:45
E.1.2.3.4 52Km - 19:30
Hampshire RC 10 - Funtington - 19:15  
Eelmore Criteriums, Aldershot - U16 15km 18.30 - E,1,2 60Km – 19:00

THURSDAY 13 MAY
Fareham Wheelers Hilly 14 Mile Time Trial – Hambledon – 19:00
Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 19:00

SATURDAY 15 MAY
Omega Circuits - Thruxton Motor Circuit, Andover - U16 10:00 £3.00 W.J 56Km 10:30
Crabwood CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Thruxton – 14:00
i-    Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 for coached training ride.

 


Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 01-05-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

This season, A3 C.R.G.’s Ben Instone, has consistently finished near the top of the results board in local time trial events. He was recently announced a winner by default, in the Harting Hilly 24 mile Time Trial back in March but in this Saturday’s Hampshire Road Club 10 Mile race at Fontwell, Instone was determined to show his rivals that he could take an outright victory. A strengthening side wind, that was to prevent many riders from getting near to their best times for the distance, proved not to be a problem to the 6ft 6ins Instone, as he powered through, to record 20 min. & 38 secs. - one of the fastest times this year. The visiting In-Gear RT, placed runner up Peter Tadros in 20:37 and with Jon Sharples and James Dear, they took the Team Award in a total time of 1:03:03.

Road Race rider, Paul Pickup, of Liphook Cycles R.T. doesn’t ride many races against the clock but when he does, he normally wins. Two months ago, Pickup dominated the Chippenham 24 Mile Time Trial, setting a new course record. This Sunday, in the New Forest CC 32 mile race, he showed local time trial specialists that he had lost none of that form by beating Malcolm Cox and Steve Walkling (V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles,) by over a minute.

Weekend Results:
Saturday, 1st of May:
SUSIES TRACK MEETING ~ BC WOMENS & YOUTH OMNIUMS

WOMEN:
500m  TIME TRIAL:
1. Jo Tindley       VC des Londres   45·30
2. Jacqui Marshall  VC St Raphael    46·15
3. Rusine Airstone  VC St Raphael    46·24
5. Sarah Farmer     Team Axiom       47·25

ELIMINATION RACE:
1. Katie Curtis     Cardiff Ajax CC
2. Jacqui Marshall  VC St Raphaël / Waite Contracts
9. Sarah Farmer     Team Axiom      

3Km PURSUIT:
1. Jacqui Marshall   VC St Raphael / Waite 4-49·71
2. Michelle Ward     Team Fisher Wilson /  4-53·42
9. Sarah Farmer      Team Axiom            5-25·64

500m SPRINT:
1. Rusine Airstone  VC St Raphael
2. Jacqui Marshall  VC St Raphael
3. Jo Tindley       Velo Club des Londres   
6. Sarah Farmer     Team Axiom      

Hampshire Road Club 10

1 Ben Instone a3crg   20:28
2 Peter Tadros In Gear RT   20:37
3 Jon Sharples In Gear RT   20:50
4 Michael Coyle VC Etoile   21:23
5 Malcolm Cox VC St Raphael   21:28

FASTEST TEAM:
In Gear RT Peter Tadros
Jon Sharples
James Dear 1:03:03

New Forest CC 32

1 Paul Pickup Liphook Cycles RT   1:15:11
2 Malcolm Cox VC St Raphael   1:16:20
3 Steve Walkling VC St Raphael   1:16:40

FASTEST TEAM:
VC St Raphael Malcolm Cox
Steve Walkling
Simon Berogna 3:51:15


Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 01-04-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

 

Cyclists that enjoy racing against the clock have a full program of events over the bank holiday weekend and for the week beyond, starting with this mornings Hampshire Road Club 10 mile event at Fontwell. For many local riders this will be there first event of the season on a fast course and they will be seeking year best or personal best times for 10 miles. Vectis Offshore Sports CC are promoting 3 events over the weekend, starting with a 9 mile hilly event at 5pm this evening and then 24 & 46 mile events on Sunday & Monday.

On Sunday, the New Forest CC are again promoting their popular ‘Circuit of the Forest’ 32 mile event. Two Portsmouth sponsored clubs will be going head to head in this event for the team prize. Velocity/Off the Record with Ray Robinson, Richie Berogna & Robert Dawson take on favourites Simon Berogna, Malcolm Cox & Steve Walkling of VC St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles.

Road Riders will be looking forward to the start of the Tuesday Goodwood Gallops series and the Eelmore Criterium Wednesday Series that start next week. Following on from the popular Ray Martin Series, Wednesday Circuit Racing continues at Portsmouth Mountbatten Centre.

Looking back to an earlier event this year, the Harting Hilly 24 mile Time Trial promoted by Hampshire Road Club – it has just been announced that, following a clarification by the Area Governing Body, South D.C. – Ben Instone of A3CRG, has now been re-instated as winner and his time of 1h00m37s now stands as the new course record

DIARY DATES:

SATURDAY 1 MAY
Susie’s Ladies Track Meeting – Mountbatten Centre Portsmouth 10:00
Hampshire RC 10 Mile Time Trial - Fontwell 07:00
Vectis Offshore Sports CC Sporting 9 Mile Time Trial - I.O.W. 17:00  
SUNDAY 2 MAY
New Forest CC 32 Mile Time Trial, New Milton, Hants – 7am
Vectis Offshore Sports CC Sporting 24 Mile Time Trial - I.O.W. 17:00
Old Portliands CC 110Km Road Race – Crowhurst  -  13:30
Ladies 80Km Team Series Road Race – Crowhurst - 9:30
Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides.
Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45 & Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00
i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 08:30 for training ride.
Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15

MONDAY 3 MAY
Vectis Offshore Sports CC Sporting 46 Mile Time Trial - I.O.W. 17:00
CC Weymouth 10 Mile Time Trial - 14:00
TUESDAY 4 MAY

Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - U16 - 18:20
E.1.2.3.4.W.J 60Km - 19:00
Goodwood Gallops, Goodwood Motor Circuit - U16 4-16km 18:30 - E.1.2.3.4.J.W 60km 19:00

WEDNESDAY 5 MAY
Portsmouth Circuits - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - U16 - 18:45
E.1.2.3.4 52Km - 19:30
Hampshire RC 10 - Funtington - 19:15  
Eelmore Criteriums, Aldershot - U16 15km 18.30 - E,1,2 60Km – 19:00

THURSDAY 6 MAY
Portsmouth North End CC 10 - Petersfield - 19:00
Bognor Regis CC 10 - Tangmere - 19:15

SATURDAY 8 MAY
Team Axiom 10 Mile Time Trial - Liss - 18:00
i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30 for coached training ride.


Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 24-04-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

Portsmouth North End Cycling Club was established in 1900, making it one of the oldest clubs in the country.
‘The Northend’ has an enviable reputation for promoting races and organised rides for local cyclists and a full program of evening and weekend club events is planned for this season. In a new initiative - all new members, are offered free race entries for this season. This Sunday, PNECC promote a 55 mile road race for 3rd & 4th Category riders, starting at Rowlands Castle Green at 09:30. Competitors face 7 laps of a rolling circuit that includes the 1 mile 1:12 climb from Stansted House to Forestside, which is certain to split the pack of riders and be the springboard for a race winning attack.
A full field of 60 riders, plus reserves has entered, including a 10 man team from Portsmouth’s i-team.co.uk / www.wheel2wheel4bikes.com. Although mainly a club for introducing riders to the sport and riding the race for experience, their Andrew MacFarlane, just returned from racing in Malaysia may surprise some of the race favourites. These include a strong V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles trio of Malcolm Cox, Simon Berogna and an on form Paul Atkinson. Simon’s brother, Richie, heads a six man Velocity / Off The Record team. Richie was unlucky to be caught 500m from the line in the Dunsfold Road Race in March after leading alone for two laps. This is just the sort of tactic that could pull off the win on Sunday. Tim Costello and Shaun Smart of Southdown Velo / MASSS LTD / The Hunter Springs Consultancy, and Steve Ferguson of Team Maestro, complete the local challenge.
DIARY DATES:
SATURDAY 24 APRIL

South East Surrey League Circuit Races - M.O.D Chertsey 11.30
Andover Wheelers 10 Mile Time Trial – Thruxton – 14:00
Sunday 25 April
Bournemouth Arrow CC 25 Mile Time Trial – Oakdale, Dorset 07:28

Bognor Regis CTC meets Walberton Pond, nr Barnham - 10:00
Chichester CTC meets City Cross - 10:00
Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides.
Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45
& Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00
i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 09:30 for training ride.
Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15
Tandem group meets Danbury Court, Emsworth - 10:30  
MONDAY 26 APRIL
Team Axiom 10 Mile Time Trial – Hundred Acres – 19:00
TUESDAY 27 APRIL
South Barnsfield Heath BC 60Km Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - 19:00 U16’s @ 18:20
WEDNESDAY 28 APRIL
South Ray Martin 150 Distance League [5:5] - Mountbatten Centre -
E.1.2.3.4 48Km 19:00 (U16’s @ 18:30)
Hampshire RC 10 Mile Time Trial – Funtington 19:00
THURSDAY 29 APRIL
TLI Barnsfield Heath 40 Mile Handicap Races – 19:00
Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Fontwell – 19:15
Fareham Wheelers 10 Mile Time Trial – Hundred Acres – 19:00

SATURDAY 1st MAY
Hampshire RC 10 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 07:00
i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30


Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 18-04-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

Spectators at last Wednesday’s RAY MARTIN 150 Distance League were treated to some super fast racing from local Elite Category riders. Liphook Cycles’  Paul Pickup, was the winner in a time of 1h12m45s, beating Bryan Taylor (V.C. Londres.) Pickup’s Team mate, Lee Day, consolidated his overall series lead by beating Rowan Horner (V.C. St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) for 3rd.

Saturday’s bright and sunny conditions contrasted heavily with the torrential rain, which affected Sunday’s events. Over 100 riders competed at the Racing Club Omega Circuits, held at Thruxton Motor Circuit.

First to race were the youth categories and Team Axiom’s Joe Ludford finished in 2nd place to Torsten Junker  (LUK Racing.net) in the Under 12’s category. In the Cat 3 & Juniors race, Pagham junior, Marc Perry (Team Maestro - Maestro/Tim Harries Chairs) was just beaten into 2nd place by senior rider Wayne SMITH (Tri & Run.)

Liphook Cycle’s ‘Mr. Consistency,’ Lee Day, continued the excellent run of form that he has been demonstrating at the Mountbatten Centre races on Wednesdays, by beating seasoned campaigner, Rob Hurd.

Portsmouth’s Team Axiom had well placed riders at the finish, with Luke Myers 5th, Roy Ludford 11th and Mick Metcalf in 16th. Robin Didymus (Principia RT / Principia A/S) was also up with the leaders in 9th place.

Competitors in Sunday’s primera-bournemouth.co.uk 25 Mile Team had to contend with road conditions made treacherous by heavy downpours and took roundabouts at a virtual standstill as they battled to stay upright.

In the 2 man event, Portsmouth’s Velocity / Off The Record team of Richie Berogna and Ray Robinson, toughed it out to finish in a creditable 3rd place, in a time of 54m54s. The winners were the composite pairing of Ian Ayliffe (Salisbury RC) & Chris Ball (53-12 Multisports) with 52m56s and runners up were the Andover Wheeler’s Phil Bowley & Jake Prior in 53m42s.

In the 3-man event, pre race favourites V.C. St. Raphael saw their hopes of victory slip away when Paul Haggerty punctured. The remaining duo of Steve Walkling & Simon Berogna continued to finish but without a 3rd counting rider, their time was disallowed. This should not detract from a fine win by Antelope RT, who with Glen Longland, Matt Parton & Steve Wood, rode strongly to finish with 54m30s.

Competitors at the British Cycling Southern Division Circuit Series at Castle Coombe also had to race in heavy rain.  Jonathan DIBBEN dominated the Under 10’s and Ben Plain and Peter Dibben placing 1st and 3rd respectively in the Under 14’s.

The Elite race was dominated in similar style, with the Alcan/Sun Chemical-Alcan/R.G.L Cycles team taking the win with Greg Sandy and placing riders in 2nd & 4th place. Lee Day finished in 5th place to round off a successful week for the Liphook RT rider.


Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 17-04-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

Racing Cyclists will be heading West this weekend for race meetings at Thruxton, on Saturday and at Castle Combe on Sunday. Over 100 competitors, from all categories, are expected at the South Omega promotion at Thruxton, all of whom will be hoping for dry conditions after rain and gales that were features of the previous events held here this year.
Sunday’s meeting at Castle Coombe features round 3 of the British Cycling South Division Circuit Race Series and will attract riders from across the South Division, as far as Somerset and Avon.
The V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles team of Steve Walkling, Simon Berogna & Paul Haggerty will be looking for a victory in the Primera-bournemouth.co.uk 25 Mile Team Time Trial at Lytchett Matravers. They will face strong opposition from the squads of A3C.R.G. (Ben Instone, Trevor Hillman & Warren Peters) and Antelope RT (Glenn Longland, Matt Parton & Steve Wood.)
Paul Pickup (Liphook Cycles RT,) will be defending his Ray Martin Series lead over team mate Lee Day and V.C. St. Raphael’s Rowan Horner, at the Mountbatten Centre on Wednesday.
DIARY DATES:
SATURDAY 17 APRIL

South Omega Thruxton Circuits - Thruxton Motor Circuit, Andover -
U16’s 10:00 - 3.W.J 56Km 10:30 - 4.W.J 56Km 10:32 - E.1.2 56Km - 12:30

SUNDAY 18 APRIL

South Circuit League [3:7] - Castle Combe Race Circuit
U16.U14.U12.U10.U8 10:00
3.W.J 51Km 10:30
4.W.J 51Km 10:30
E.1.2 51Km 12:30
Primera-bournemouth.co.uk 25 Mile Team Time Trial - Lytchett Matravers - 07:30
Bognor Regis CC 25 Mile Club Time Trial - 07:00
Bognor Regis CTC meets Walberton Pond, nr Barnham - 10:00
Chichester CTC meets City Cross - 10:00
Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides.
Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45
& Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00
i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 09:30 for training ride.
Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15
Tandem group meets Danbury Court, Emsworth - 10:30  
TUESDAY 20 APRIL
South Barnsfield Heath BC 60Km Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath, Hurn - 19:00 U16’s @ 18:20
WEDNESDAY 21 APRIL
South Ray Martin 150 Distance League [4:5] - Mountbatten Centre -
E.1.2.3.4 48Km 19:00 (U16’s @ 18:30)

THURSDAY 22 APRIL
TLI Barnsfield Heath 40 Mile Handicap Races – 19:00Portsmouth North End CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Wickham – 19:00
Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Club Time Trial – Fontwell – 19:00

SATURDAY 24 APRIL
South East Surrey League Circuit Races - M.O.D Chertsey 11.30
i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30

 


Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 10-04-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

This Easter Weekend, over 300 cyclists competed on local roads in various events that included Leisure Rides, Time Trials and Stage Races.

Good Friday saw 109 riders chasing a personal best time, at the Bournemouth Arrow CC 10 Mile Time Trial, on the super-fast Upton Bypass course, in Dorset.

Unfavourable strong winds didn’t stop Chris Ball (53-12 Multisports) breaking the 20 minute barrier, to win in a time of 19m 39s.

Nearly a full minute back, the race for second place was a close fought affair with Richard Marsh (Somer Valley CC,) taking the placing with 20m34s, Steve Walkling(VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) was 3rd in 20:54 and fast improving Ben Instone, of A3 C.R.G. was 4th with 20m 55s.
 
Portsmouth cycle shop owner and team sponsor, Mike Wickham of Velocity Cycles / Off The Record, demonstrated that the best way to lead is often by example, as he recorded a respectable 22m 09s, to beat the rest of his race squad members!

60 riders contested the 70 mile Surrey League Milland Hill Road Race on Saturday, a race that featured 7 laps of a circuit that included the 25% Milland Hill, which saw plenty of wheels slipping and sliding as riders struggled to maintain traction.

The race was won by Londoner, Tom Gardner, with James Scoular of Liphook Cycles RT 3rd and local riders Steve Walkling & Malcolm Cox of VC St Raphael, 7th & 9th respectively. Cowplain’s Richard Berogna (Velocity,) finished 19th in his second ever road race.

Hampshire Road Club’s reliability ride on Sunday proved a very popular event with over 50 leisure riders taking part in the 50km & 100km events, set on South Downs courses.

At Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, Lee-on-Solent junior, Richard Heathcote (i-Team.co.uk/wheel2wheel4bikes.com,) finished a respectable 8th in the senior event, won in fine style by late attacker, Martin Williamson (London Dynamo,)with Team Maestro’s Steve Ferguson in 3rd.

As we went in to press, the main event of the weekend, the Surrey League Sigma Sport 380KM 3-Day Stage race, was building up to a thrilling climax.

VC St. Raphael’s Rowan Horner, dominated the first stage at Milland, breaking clear of the pack on lap seven to win alone by a minute and a half, gaining him the him the overall leader's and the points competition jerseys.

Winchester’s Rob Hurd (No Sponsor,) won the 70 mile second stage at Goodwood, breaking clear with Simon Brooks (VC. St. Raphael,) to win by 24 seconds.

As Rowan Horner faded from the overall position, he was replaced by team mate Simon Brooks ,with Rob Hurd also benefiting from the break away tactic, moving up to 2nd overall.

Also this weekend, Team Axiom's Luke Myres, was selected to represent Surrey League in the 'Tour of the North' in Ulster, he is lying in 9th place overall after placing 7th on the prologue hill climb stage.

Results for Easter Weekend - Reports to follow
Guy Watson - cycling@thenews.co.uk

Bournemouth Arrow CC 10 Mile Time Trial

1    Chris Ball         53-12 Multisports         19:39
2    Richard Marsh    Somer Valley CC            20:34
3    Steve Walkling    VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles 20:54
4    Ben Instone        a3crg                    20:55
5    Glenn Longland    Antelope RT                20:59
6    Andrew Cooper    Primera-bournemouth.co.uk    21:02
7=    Mark Wareham    VC St Raphael            21:04
7=    Ian Ayliffe        Salisbury RC            21:04
9    Nik Bowdler        Farnborough & Camberley CC    21:11 10    Jimmy Little    LUKracing.net            21:27

Other Local Riders:

23=    Mike Wickham    Velocity / Off The Record    22:09
23=    Gary Buckett    Off the Record / Velocity    22:09
26    Pete Pickers    Northovers VT            22:14
27    Tony Harvey        Northovers VT            22:21
30    Richie Berogna    Velocity / Off The Record    22:25
32    Simon Berogna    VC St Raphael            22:29
34    Pete Younghusband    Tri UK Inc                22:36

FASTEST TEAM VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles
(Steve Walkling, Mark Wareham & Simon Berogna)

 


Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 10-04-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

Local club cyclists have a busy program for the Easter Holiday period, starting with the 380km Surrey League 3 Day Stage Race.

Event H.Q. is at Bohunt School, Liphook and the Elite riders start racing each day 13:00, with daily stages held at Milland, Goodwood and Ockley.

This 380KM event has attracted all of the top local road riders and also some strong teams from London and Surrey. There are supporting races on each day for the lower Category 3rd & 4th Cat. riders, starting at 09:30.

Tuesday Evening sees the start of the popular Barnsfield Heath Road Race events, near Southampton and Wednesday Evening features round 3 of the Ray Martin Road Bike League at the Mountbatten Centre.

Evening time trials are always popular with riders who want to sharpen their speed and both Fareham Wheelers and Hampshire Road Club are promoting events this week.

SATURDAY 10 - MONDAY 12 APRIL

S.East Surrey League Easter 3-Day - Bohunt School, Liphook 13:00
i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 09.30

SATURDAY 10 APRIL
S.East Surrey League Easter Races 1 - Bohunt School, Liphook 0
9:30
SUNDAY 11 APRIL

S.East Surrey League Easter Races 2 - Goodwood Motor Circuit 09:30 / 11.30
Bognor Regis CTC meets Walberton Pond, nr Barnham - 10:00
Chichester CTC meets City Cross - 10:00
Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill - 09:00 for choice of morning rides.
Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross - Havant - 08:45
& Scout Hall, Funtington - 09:00
i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square - 09:30 for training ride.
Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library - 09:15
Tandem group meets Danbury Court, Emsworth - 10:30  

MONDAY 12 APRIL
S.East Surrey League Easter Races 3 - Ockley 100Km 09:30

TUESDAY 13 APRIL
South Barnsfield Heath BC Circuit Races - Barnsfield Heath - 18:20

WEDNESDAY 14 APRIL
Ray Martin 150 Distance League - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth - 18:30
Hampshire RC 10KM Time Trial – Funtington – 19:00
Havant CTC, meet opposite Arts Centre, 9am.

THURSDAY 15 APRIL
Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Time Trial – Fontwell – 19:00
Fareham Wheelers 10 Mile Time Trial – 100 Acres – 19:00

SATURDAY 17 APRIL
South Omega Thruxton Circuits - Thruxton Motor Circuit - Andover - 10:00
Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 28 Mile Time Trial - Blandford - 15:00

Team Axiom’s Luke Myers, was a convincing winner of the 2nd Event of the Southern Circuit Race Series at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth on Saturday.

Myres rode strongly at the front of the bunch for most of the race, lapping the field with 5 other riders, including Robin Didymus from Principia RT / RBS. Sensing that his rivals were tiring, Myers put in a big attack 14 laps from the finish and despite a strong headwind in the back straight he held off his chasers to the finish, with Didymus finishing 4th.

Myers’ team mate, Mick Metcalf, won the bunch sprint from Toby Neave (Southdown Velo/MASSS Ltd/The Hunter Springs)

Sunday’s A3C.R.G Team Time Trial at Rake, attracted 2 & 3 rider teams, from local clubs across the region.

The first pair to set off from Rake was the promoting club’s Warren Peters and Trevor Hillman, who managed to complete their first open 25 mile event in a respectable time of 1:04:26.

Fastest 2-up team of the day was of Rowan Horner (V. C. St. Raphael/Waite Contracts/Hewitt Cycles) and Chris Birch (Evans Road Team), who finished in 54m02s, despite Horner Puncturing, with 5 miles to go.

The overall prize for the 2-up event went to Andover Wheelers riders Jake Prior and Phil Bowley for their time of 54:47. They defeated last year’s winners, Paul Flight and Brian Greensmith of Primera-Bournemouth, by only 13 seconds.

The a3crg team of Ben Instone and international triathlete, Pete Younghusband,  were unlucky to finish just 3 seconds behind Andover Wheelers, after problems at the start.

They made a remarkable recovery after Instone got into a tangle with the start line steward and fell over, forcing him to sprint after Younghusband, who was unaware of the situation and had disappeared into the distance!  

The 3-up time trial, was won by race favourites Zak Carr, Sam Barker, and Stuart Wright of API Resprays in a super fast 52m42s. The V.C.St. Raphael team of Steve Walkling, Paul Haggerty, and Simon Berogna, were definitely going for the win. They started fast and were up on the API squad at half distance but couldn’t maintain the pace and finished in a time of  53m45s.

The 3-up event also featured a trio of female triathletes from Primera-Bournemouth. The team, comprised of Katherine Willoughby, Erica Fogg and Penny Gorton, won a bouquet donated by the newly-opened florist Bonica in Petersfield for being the fastest 3-up on target time.

The fastest mixed pair was that of Lesley-Anne Allen (V. C. St. Raphael) and Jim Howlett (Northover’s Vets Team), who finished in 1h01m20s.

British Summer Time allows the start of evening racing this week, so local riders will have a busy program to leading up to the Easter Weekend.

Up to 100 riders of all categories are expected to compete in Portsmouth this Saturday, as British Cycling South Division, promote Round 2 of the Southern Circuit Championship Series, at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth. Racing for all categories starts from 10.30am.

Surrey League promotes a new Team Event on Sunday at Goodwood, with a Team Time Trial at 09:00, followed by bunch racing at 11.30.

A3 C.R.G. will also be promoting a Team Time Trial on the A3 at Liss, with the V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles Squad taking on Apibikes.com.

Portsmouth North End C.C. promotes 2 events this week: A 15KM Portsdown Time Trial League event on Sunday and a 10KM club event on Thursday.

Diary Dates:

SATURDAY 3 APRIL
South Circuit League [2:6] - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth 10.30am

i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 9.30am for 2 hr activity ride.

South Circuit League [2:6] - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth
U16.U14.U12.U10.U8 10:00
E/1/2/3/4/W/J 51Km 10:30

Sunday 4 April

Goodwood 09:00 - Team Time Trial & E/1/2/3/4 Circuit Race 11:30

A3crg 25 mile Team Time Trial - Liss - 08:00

Portsmouth North End CC Portsdown League 15 Mile Time Trial - 08:30

Club Runs / Training:

Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill, 9am for choice of morning rides.
Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross, Havant, 8.45am or Scout Hall, Funtington, 9.am
i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square, 9.30am for training ride.
Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library; 9.15am

WEDNESDAY 7 APRIL

Ray Martin 150 Distance League [2:5] - Mountbatten Centre 18:30

Thu 8 April

Bognor Regis CC 10 Mile Time Trial 18:45
Portsmouth North End CC 10 KM Time Trial 19:00

FRIDAY 9 APRIL

Chippenham Wheelers Circuit Races - Castle Coombe Race Circuit, 10.00

Havant CTC, meet opposite Arts Centre, 9am.
Portsmouth School of Racing coached training sessions, Mountbatten Centre, 19.30 – 20.30


Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 28-03-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

Sunday’s highly successful i-Team trophy promotion, the U.K.’s richest women’s road race, which was made possible by a combined effort from local clubs, rounded off what has been a fantastic weekend for Hampshire cycling.

First to hit the headlines was Cowplain’s Olympic Medallist, Rob Hayles, who won the 183km 7th Stage of the Tour of Normandy on Friday. This win is sure to boost Hayles confidence after setback from injuries sustained over the winter and shows that he is coming into excellent form, with Athens just months away.

An up and coming young rider who is showing signs of the potential to follow in Hayle’s footsteps is Petersfield’s Ian Legg. Legg, who rides for Principia R.T. rode the bunch off his wheel to win the Juniors event at the de Mayo Velosystem’s 3rd Thruxton meeting on Saturday.

Southampton’s Chapel Tri-Stars won the under 14, under 12 and under 10 categories. The Elite category event was won by Jody Crawforth (Evans Cycles R.T.) from Winchester’s Danny Axford (Parrott Print-TAL R.T./Endura) and Rob Hurd(No Sponsor.)

Portsmouth’s V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt cycles team had a successful Bournemouth Jubilee Whs. 42km Hilly Time Trial, with Rowan Horner placing 2nd to Chris Ball (53-12 Multisports,) in the individual event but with Simon Berogna and Wayne Levet, they secured the Team Prize.

Hurd put his Thruxton defeat behind him by winning Sunday’s 135KM Elite Category Hounslow Spring Road Race by riding away with and then out-sprinting Nigel Williams of Python RT.

Sundays Main Event, the i-Team Trophy, promoted by Portsmouth’s development club, i-team.co.uk and Sponsored by Wheel2Wheel cycles was won in fine style by the defending Series Champion, Angela Hunter of G.S. Strada.

Contrary to predictions, the climb through South Boarhunt did not split the Elite and first category ladies groups. At first, the riders were anxious not to make wasteful efforts, too far out from the finish and then in the closing stages, the riders were just too evenly matched for one of them to escape the pack.

It was certainly a tough challenge to the lower category’s who, after the first lap, were riding just to finish the distance. Credit must be given to local riders, Leslie-Anne Allen (V.C. St. Raphael) and Sarah Farmer (Team Axiom) who finished 37th and 39th in their first ever attempts at bunched road racing.

Hunter’s win was a result of perfect positioning on the last climb and timing her effort to perfection in the finishing sprint of 15 riders. Using all her experience to fight for the inside line on the final corner, she won in textbook style from Lorna Webb (Recycling.Co.Uk/MG X-power,) Junior, Nikki Harris (Pearce Cycles R.T. and Michele (sic) Ward (Private Member.)


Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 22-03-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

This Sunday, 28 March 2004 sees the launch of the South Coast’s biggest ever cycle race for women, the 75km ‘i-Team Trophy,’ which is the first counter in the National Women's Series.

A prize list of £600 will make this event one of the richest women’s races ever and this is sure to motivate the riders and with prizes for all categories down to 30th place, each & every rider will have something to go for.

Sponsor Tony Childs, of Wheel 2 Wheel cycles says, “We are proud to be supporting the i-team Trophy, we have been working with i-team.co.uk from the beginning and have been really impressed with what they have done for cycling, both locally and nationally... ...when they decide to do something, they don’t hold back! ...this promises to be a great event.”

Porchester Cycles sponsor a special ‘Queen of the Mountains’ prize for the best climber, based on first up the hill on each lap and Michelin are providing a pair of special Pro Race tyres to the 1st 3 finishers.  

Starting from Southwick at 11am, a full field of 60 women will face 5 1/2 laps of the challenging Portsdown Hill circuit, between Wickham, South Boarhunt & Portsdown.

The climb through South Boarhunt up onto Portsdown, is expected to have a major influence on the outcome of the race but as Race Director Andy Verrall points out, “It’s the riders that make the race – not the course…”

Names to watch out for include an on-form Leda Cox (Team Synergy,) who was an excellent 36th in the Men's 2nd category event at Dunsfold on Sunday. Angela Hunter of  G.S. Strada – Rudy Project / Pinarello, the defending Series Champion will face a strong challenge from the Irish National team, lead by Collette Swift. Other riders to watch out for include GB National Squad riders, Lorna Webb & Nina Davies, who have both just returned from International duties.

The Current National Road Circuit Champion, Helen Gutteridge (Team Luciano,) Sue Thomas (No Sponsor,) Leda Cox (Team Synergy,) should all feature, along with 7 up and coming juniors – who will be keen to impress National Coach, Marshall Thomas, who will be in attendance, with an eye on the Junior Worlds Team selection.

The event finishes in Swivelton Lane, Portsdown Hill at around 1pm and spectators are asked to park cars well away from the finishing area.

VC St Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles, field a strong team of Rowan Horner, Wayne Levet and Simon Berogna in Sunday's Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 42km Time Trial in Dorset.

Wednesday sees the return of regular road bike racing at Portsmouth's Mountbatten Centre. The Ray Martin 150 lap Distance League will run for the next 5 weeks, with racing for all categories starting at 6.30pm

Diary Dates:

Saturday 27 MARCH

South De Mayo Velosystems Thruxton Circuit Races, Thruxton Motor Circuit, 10am

Sunday 28 MARCH

i-Team Trophy, Women’s National Road Race Series - Start 11am, Southwick D-Day Memorial Hall – Finish 1pm, Swivelton Lane, South Boarhunt.

Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers 42km Time Trial, Merley Bognor Regis CC 25 Mile Club Time Trial, Fontwell, 8am

Bognor Regis CTC meets Walberton Pond, nr Barnham, 10am.
Chichester CTC meets City Cross, 10am
Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill, 9am for choice of morning rides.
Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross, Havant, 8.45am or Scout Hall, Funtington, 9.am
i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square, 9.30am for training ride.
Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library, 9.15am Tandem group meets Danbury Court, Emsworth, 10.30am.  

Wednesday 31 March:

Havant CTC, meet opposite Arts Centre, 9am.
Saturday 3 April:

South Circuit League [2:6] - Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth 10.30am

i- Team.co.uk, meet Wheel 2 Wheel Cycles, Cowplain, 9.30am for 2 hr activity ride.


Cycling Events Results & Reports – Saturday 21-03-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

Fareham Wheeler’s Peter Doyle Memorial Road Race again lived up to its reputation as one of the toughest road races in the South, with a top field, a tough course and some aggressive racing.

Over 60 riders started from Meonstoke at 11am and headed up the Meon Valley towards the infamous climb of Wheely Down, which was to be climbed 8 times.

The race split on the first ascent, with a break of six going clear, including Rowan Horner and Mathew Melville (V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles, Chris Birch (Evans R.T.), Nic (sic)Tilling (AngliaSport/Condor/Campag/Vittoria.) and Jamie Norfolk (Giant RT.)

Former event winners, Danny Axford (Parrot Print /TAL Endura / Terry Wright Cycles) and Rob Hurd (No Sponsor,) realised the danger and chased with four other riders. They were closing the gap quickly and came within 20 seconds of the leaders, when a furious Hurd punctured. Axford continued to chase but the momentum had been lost and the group stayed out in no mans land.

With 2 laps to go, Rowan Horner and Jamie Norfolk went clear to form the winning break.

On the line, Jamie Norfolk just managed to out sprint the hard working Rowan Horner by a tyre’s width, in a time of 2 hours and 29 minutes for the 50 miles. Only 34 competitors mad it to the finish.

Saturday’s De Mayo Velo System’s Thruxton Circuit races saw Justin Hoy (Evans Cycles R.T.) take first place in the Elite Race. He was followed over the line by Paul Pickup (Liphook Cycles) and Jody Crawforth (Evans Cycles R.T.) after a break of 5 stayed clear for most of the race.

The tough condition split the supporting 3rd category race into 3 separate groups and was won by Dan Smith (Anglia Sport /Condor), Steve Moss (Bournemouth Arrow C.C. / Fircroft Hotel) took third place.

The Junior race was won superbly by Simon Holt (Bikes 51 R.T.) who beat all of the 4th category Senior riders in the process.


Cycling Events Weekend Preview & Diary – Saturday 20-03-04
Guy Watson – cycling@thenews.co.uk

Portsmouth and Hampshire cyclists will be competing all across the county this weekend with a full program of Road Races, Time Trials and MTB racing.

Today, the V.C. St. Raphael / Waite Contracts / Hewitt Cycles squad of Steve Walkling, Simon Berogna and Lesley-Anne Allen will be looking for wins in the Sotonia CC 10 mile event at Shipton Bellinger. They can expect a strong challenge from A3 C.R.G.’s Ben Instone, 2nd in last weekend’s Harting Hilly.

De Mayo Velosystems are promoting another of their popular Thruxton Circuit meetings with over 100 competitors expected. All proceeds from this meeting will go to the ‘Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust".
Sunday sees Portsmouth’s i-Team.co.uk/Wheel2Wheel field a team of 8 riders in the Surrey League RR at Dunsfold and also their Matt Doe is a seeded rider in the East Dorset CA 27km Time Trial in Bere Regis.
This Weekends Premier event is Sunday’s Peter Doyle Memorial Road Race, starting in Meonstoke at 11am. Promoting club, Fareham Wheelers, have assembled a first class field including multi British Champion and last year’s winner, Michael Hutchinson – MDT / Giant / Speedplay / SIS. He will be challenged by 1998 winner, Danny Axford Parrot Print/TAL Endura / Terry Wright Cycles and strong V.C. St Raphael Squad of Matthew Melville, Rowan Horner & Simon Brooks.
Rob Hurd (No Team,) is a late entry and the organiser has placed him as first reserve. Hurd, the 2002 winner would have a strong chance of lifting the honours, if a chance to ride becomes available.
Diary Dates:
Saturday 20 MARCH

Sotonia CC 10 Mile Time Trial, Shipton Bellinger Village Hall, 1pm
South De Mayo Velosystems Thruxton Circuit Races, Thruxton Motor Circuit, 10am
Evans MTB Trail Ride - Kingsclere, Watership Down

Sunday 21 March

South Peter Doyle Memorial Road Race - Meon Hall, Meonstoke, 11am
S.East Surrey League Road Race (Kingston Whls) – Dunsfold, 1:30pm

Bognor Regis CTC meets Walberton Pond, nr Barnham, 10am.
Chichester CTC meets City Cross, 10am
Fareham Wheelers meet Titchfield Mill, 9am for choice of morning rides.
Hampshire RC meets Barton’s Cross, Havant, 8.45am or Scout Hall, Funtington, 9.am
i- Team.co.uk, meet Wickham Square, 9.30am for training ride.
Portsmouth CTC meets Cosham Library, 9.15am
Tandem group meets Danbury Court, Emsworth, 10.30am.  

Wednesday 24 March:

Havant CTC, meet opposite Arts Centre, 9am.

Saturday 27 March:

South De Mayo Velosystems Thruxton Circuits - Thruxton Motor Circuit – 10am
i- Team.co.uk, meet W2W Cowplain

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