Multiple national champion Julia Shaw (Drag2Zero) and Ken Buckley (Nuun-Sigma Sport) were fastest female and male riders respectively at the New Forest CC 10-mile time trial in Hampshire on Boxing Day.
A total of 52 riders took to the start in unseasonably mild weather for the event on the P311 courser near Ringwood, with Buckley clocking the fastest time of 20-11 to win by 1-23, while 53-year-old Shaw’s time of 24-21 showed she is still a class act, being the fastest female by 1-42.
32 and from Winchester, Buckley took the win ahead of veteran Alan Murchison (Drag2Zero), while fellow veteran Andy Langdown (Blazing Saddles) was just one second slower in third spot.
Buckley’s time was a new course record, breaking the old mark set by James Boyman in October by eight seconds.
The course took the riders from the start just south of Ringwood on the edge of the New Forest along Ringwood Road to Sopley where they turned and retraced.
Buckley’s victory was a rare one, with time trialling not his primary focus. However, when he does trouble the timekeepers he is a real force.
Back in December’s Farnborough and Camberley CC 10-mile event at Bentley he clocked 19-36 to take the win, while he rode the Bynea CC 25 in June on the fast Rhigos course and clocked an impressive 46-31 for third spot.
Shaw - who was one of the most prolific national champions in history with seven consecutive national 10-mile titles, six national 25 titles, nine national 50 titles and four national 100 titles to her name – has a personal best time over 10 miles of 19-47 set over six years ago, which leaves her fifth in the all-time fastest times by women over that distance.
In other categories at the New Forest CC 10, fastest junior was Poole Wheelers’ Thomas Day who clocked 21-58 for fourth spot overall, while Sam Wadsley (Primera TeamJobs) was best espoir with 22-56.
And in the female junior’s category, Lucy Gadd (Liv CC Halo Cycles) had a good ride, covering the course in 26-37.
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