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SADDLE STARS: Yeovil Cycling Club's top performers of 2002 display their trophies following an end-of season buffet and prize-giving Ceremony. From left, David Notley, Dave Walters, Mike Loader, Gary Swain and Chris Absolom.

December 2002


Veteran best local in Pittards Trophy

YEOVIL Cycling Club Opened their 75th year with the popular Pittards and Ham Hill Trophy road races. Last week also saw the opening of the clubs evening time trial series.
The 45-mile Pittards Trophy for third and fourth category riders and juniors was a fast race with two notable solo attacks. The first came from Somerset Road Clubs Jon Wynn and the second over the last of the three laps was the winning move by Mid Devons Alex Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald held off the main field to finish 20 seconds ahead of Wynn, who had escaped again from the bunch which was lead in by Adrian Street (North Devon Wheelers). Yeovil’s best finisher was veteran Steve Pym in the main bunch.
The Ham Hill Trophy was contested over 75 miles by elite, first, second and third category riders and was a triumph for the new West-based Team Endurasport. A group of six riders went clear on the first of the five laps - and by the second they were joined by four more. As the pace and distance began to tell they split into two groups of five. Endurasports Gregg Sandy of Taunton was a clear winner, sprinting in ahead of Grant Bayton (Anglia Sport), Mark Perry and Ben Luckwell (FS Maestro-Fircroft Hotel) and John lbbottson (Taunton). Keith Lilley (Alltrax) lead in the second group for sixth place. Endurasport took the team prize with third counter Andy Parsons well up in the bunch.
The first time-trial of this years evening series was a ten-miler - and the promoting clubs Chris Absolom was fastest, recording 22 mins 37 secs. Andy Thomson (Exeter) clocked 23:17, Mark Kurpyter (Somerset RC) 23:23, Ian Hounsel (Mendip) 23:40, John Clemit (Yeovil CC) 23:49 and VC Camelot’s Andy Millward 23:50.
Yeovil promote an open ten-mile time-trial on Saturday. First of the 117 riders starts at 2pm from Podimore.

10th April 2003


Chris has a ‘Ball’ in Yeovil Ten

Having returned to the sport after an 11 year break Chris Ball of Team 53.12 Multisports added the Yeovil Ten to his tally of wins this season. Ball of Kingston Deverill near Mere is a former national junior competition record holder at the distance and was nearly one minute clear of the field, recording 20 mins 33 secs.
A crosswind made conditions far from ideal so the £30 on offer for breaking Clive Brooks course record 19:55 went unclaimed.
Somerset Road Clubs Jon Wynn, runner-up- in the previous weeks Pittards Trophy road race, was second again, clocking 21:31, with Army rider Paul Haggerty in third with 21:33. Jimmy Little of Chippenham (21:42) was fourth, Mark Wareham of VC St Raphael (21:46) came fifth and Mark Dredge of Westbury (21:48) was sixth.
Mike Loader was Yeovil's best rider in eighth place, recording 21:54. Chris Absolom was 11th in 22:09 and third counter in the team was John Sharp who clocked 23:26.
Despite the conditions two Yeovil riders recorded personal bests - Rod Bowditch had 25:03, improving 47 seconds, and Gary Swain posted 25:25, an improvement of 15 seconds. VC Camelot’s Andy Millward clocked 22:42 in 18th. The event incorporated the West District Team Championship - and the mens title went to Somerset Road Club with Wynn, Andy Winterbottom and Iain Hounsel whose aggregate time was 1 hr 6 mins 29 secs. Yeovil were second. The women’s title went to Bath Anfibians team of Gillian Pears and Susy Orr - only two riders were required in the women’s event.
Terry lake of Poole Wanderers was best veteran on age standard, his 21:49 giving him a plus of 7:45 for a 59 year old. Pears was fastest lady with 26:53 and Kyle Tilley (Chippenham) was best junior in 26:21.
Last Thursdays club ten on the same Podimore-Ash Flyover course saw stronger winds push times down on the previous week. Rick Johnson (Somerset RC) was fastest in 23:03, Matt Law (VC Camelot) had 23:19, K. Hayward (CC Weymouth) posted 23:22 and was followed by teammates P. Hogben in 23:23 and P. Gould with 24:09. First Yeovil rider was Loader who clocked 24:18 for sixth spot.

17th April 2003


Absolom third in Wessex ten-miler

THE recent changeable weather has hit cycle time-trialists, the strong winds slowing riders and the rain making racing very uncomfortable. Last Saturdays Wessex Veterans' ten-mile event on the fast A303-based Thruxton- Andover-Thruxton course was a good example but the heavy rain was worse than the wind.
The event was staged as two races - 40 to 49 years, in which the Yeovil riders competed, and over-50s. Chris Absolom was Yeovil’s best, recording 21 mins 17 secs for third place. John Sharp was ninth with 22:24 and Stuart Wroot 23rd by clocking 24:09.
Mike Loader was due to ride but decided the rain and resulting spray on the busy road made racing unsafe. ironically the rain had eased by his start time.
Loader has recently hit top form with a club record ten of 20:05 at Easter and then winning on his next three starts - the Somerset RC Two- Up 25 with Somerton’s Pete Kench (Liphook Cycles RT),.the Bath CC ten and the Weymouth ten.
Crabwood CC staged another ten-miler for younger riders starting after the veterans events. Andy Millward (VC Camelot) was the best local rider, clocking 21:30, and Yeovil’s Chris Fendt returned 23:45.
Yeovil’s Thursday-evening ten was won by club secretary John Clemit in 23:20. Mark Kurpyta (Somerset RC) was second in 23:21 and Yeovil’s Hugo Baldichino third with 24:35.
Clemit was in road-race action on Sunday in the 85km Brent Tor Road Race in Devon. In a tough event which included elite and first-category riders he finished a creditable 16th.

22nd May 2003

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Absolom best local in South West

by Garry Mitchener

THE South West Divisional Road Race Championship was won for the second year running by a first-year senior. Steve Lampier ( destroyed the opposition covering the tough 85-mile
Woodbury Common course, clocking 3 hrs 50 mins 54 secs. Second in east Devon was Andrew Retter (Okehampton) at 3.47 and third was Keith Lilley (Altrax) at 4.30. The course included six climbs of Woodbury Hill and the field broke apart with the largest group at the finish being three riders.
Yeovils Chris Absolom was the best local finisher in seventh at 4.48. West Coker near Yeovil’s Dave Pitman (VC Camelot) was 12th at 8.46 and John Clemit (Yeovil CC) was 15th at 1 1.51. Absolom was top third-category rider but has enough points to move up to second category.
Mike Loader rode into sixth place in the Wessex Road Club 50-mile time-trial on the Sturminster Marshall-Ferndown- Bere Regis- Creekmore-Bere Regis-Stag Gate course. He recorded 1 hr 56 mins 12 secs behind winner Terry Icke (Poole Wheelers) who clocked 1:51;46.
Last Thursdays Yeovil Cycling Club ten-mile time-trial attracted 32 riders. Graham Lackford ( won with a personal-best 21:15, beating Absolom by nine seconds. Somerset Road Clubs Tom Cox and Tim Reeves clocked 22: 16 and 22:28 respectively. John Williams (Northovers) was fifth With 22:43. Clemit recorded 22:44 and club-mate James Hector had 22:46.
Former Yeovil club champion Dave Driver returned to competition after a nine-year lay-off with 25:52. Fifteen-year- old Chris Pym, riding his first race, clocked 29:59 - just inside the magic evens, the cycling term for 20mph and the first objective of the young racer.

5th June 2003


Full-timer triumphs in Chard challenge

CHARD Wheelers staged a 25-mile time- trial on the popular Podimore-Yeovil-South Petherton-Yeovil-Podimore course. Event organiser Paul Barratt, a talented time trialist and roadmap in the late 1970s and 19805, was looking to put something back into the sport he enjoyed so much.
Taunton’s Greg Sandy, a full-time rider with the Anglo-Italian team Endurasport-Principia, was fastest, recording 52 mins 10 secs for victory from John Wynn (Somerset RC) who managed 53:20. Yeovil riders Chris Absolom (55:57) and Mike Loader (56:36) were third and fourth respectively.
VC Camelot’s Andy Millward clocked 56:49, Chards Dave Moran had 1:03:10 and John Trout, also of Chard, posted 1:12:14. Gillingham & District Wheelers Jeremy Carpenter and Shaun Walsh completed in 59:48 and 59:33 respectively. James Hector (1:00:01), John Sharp (1:00:29), Stuart Wroot (1:01:05) and Nick Young (1:02:12) also finished for Yeovil.
Three Yeovil riders found good conditions in the Sotonia CC ten-miler on the Thruxton-Andover course. Wroot beat 23 minutes for the first time with 22:58 and Rod Bowditch recorded a personal-best of 23:03. David Notley clocked his best time for two years over this distance - 23:57.
West Coker near Yeovil’s Dave Pitman (VC Camelot) rode the 56-mile Sodbury Cycle Race, a veterans league event at Yate near Bristol. He finished third overall but won the C category for those aged 50-54.
Absolom ran out winner in last Thursdays Yeovil Ten, clocking 22.01, with Millward second (22:22). Hector and Tim Reeves (Somerset RC) tied for third with 23:14 apiece. Rex Facey (Chard) was fifth in 23:27 and Mark Kurpyta (Somerset RC) came sixth with 23:59.

19th June 2003


Yeovil quartet ride to victory

YEOVIL Cycling Club staged their annual four-up team time-trial for Taunton Vale Cycling Racing Association last Thursday - and a team from the host club came out on top.
Nineteen teams entered the contest, over a 20- mile course on the A303 east of Sparkford.
Chris Absolom, John Clemit, Mike Loader and Jon Sharp were the Yeovil quartet to come out on top. They recorded 45.21 to beat Somerset Road Clubs Dave Bentley, Tom Cox, Andy Winterbottom and John Wynn by 35 seconds, Somerset Road Club also provided the third- placed team. VC Camelot were unlucky to lose strong man Andy Millward with a puncture but Matt Law, Neil Moore and Dave Pitman continued to clock 49.01 for fourth place.
Chard Wheelers team of Brian Ellis, Rex Fahey, Andy Lawrence and Dave Moran recorded 50.00 for fifth place.
Sundays John Andrews race, over six laps of the llchester- Coppits Hill-Coombe Street Lane-Mudford- Queen Camel- Bridgehampton- Yeovilton course was a very tight race with all attacks quickly chased down by a speeding bunch.
It was only after 60 miles that six riders forced a gap on Coppitts Hill which grew to more than a minute at the start of the last lap. As the pace and distance took their toll the read group split leaving Karl Hone from Oakhill near Shepton Mallet to cross the line ten seconds ahead of Warren King (Wyre Forrest CRC).
Jim Avens (Somer Valley) was a further 20 seconds back in third place - leading the likes of John Peters (Mid Devon), Nick Hodgson and Kevin Thomas (Severn Valley). The bunch came in 1.35 down with Steve Pym Yeovils best in 10th place. However, with John Clemit in 12th and Dave Walters recording 13th, the promoting club took the team award.

26th June 2003

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Clemit takes third in North Devon test

YEOVlL Cycling Club secretary John Clemit finished third in a gruelling 83km North Devon'Road Race at South Molton on Sunday. The hilly terrain split the field early in the race and only the strong riders were left in contention.
Repeating his performance of the previous weeks Yeovil Road Race, Karl Hine from Oakhill rode away on the last hill to win from T. Carpenter (Team Training FX) and Clemit. Yeovil’s Dave Walters was 21st and VC Camelots Dave Pitman was unfortunate not to be placed after unshipping his chain.
Last Thursday evenings time trial offered riders a choice of 25 or 50 miles and most competitors took the shorter option. in the 50-mile event, Yeovils Steve Pym recorded a personal best 2.01.24 to beat Gary Swain 2.20.33 and Chris Williams 2.24.25.
Chris Absolom was first home in the 25. He clocked 55.06 ahead of Andy Millward (VC Camelot) 56.17 and Rex Facey (Chard Wheelers) 58.11. Tim Reeves (Somerset RC) was fourth with 58.39 and next best were P. Gould (CC Weymouth) 1.00.55 and
Dave Moran (Chard Wheelers) 1.01.29.

3rd July 2003


Absolom loses out to full-timer

A DUTCHMAN got the better of West Coker’s Dave Pitman in the European Masters Cycling Championship on the Isle of Man. Pitman, riding for VC Camelot, completed the 38-mile circuit fifth in his class (55-60 year age-group). The local competitor launched a serious attack on the mountain but found himself trailing class winner Harry Kellenaers.
Chris Absolom claimed second place in the elite/first/second category race when competing in the Alton Intergrade circuit race series. John Clemit was third, Brian Pearse finished seventh and Dave Walters eighth in the third and fourth category.
Veteran Absolom, who is currently a second category competitor, did well to finish where he did - behind full-timer Greg Sandy (Team Enduro Sport) in a four-man breakaway group.
Clemit needed just one point to move up to second category and when he got into a six-man break, strong teamwork in the bunch ensured they were not caught. This enabled him to claim ten points for his final placing.
The first meeting of the Ilton Intergrale race series incorporated the South West Divisional Circuit Championships. Here, Walters (Yeovil) won the third and fourth category title while Pearse claimed the veterans honour, Terry White finishing third.
Team Tor 2000 staged a Two- Up team time trial over an 18- mile circuit around High Ham. Fastest, by almost six minutes, were Absolom and VC Camelot’s Andy Millward (34.01). Andy
Cooke and Neil Moore (both VC Camelot) were next in 39.59 while Gary Swain (Yeovil) and junior Dean Ward (Chard) were fourth fastest in a time of 41.23.
Gillingham’s Carole Miller and Joanne Kain were quickest ladies in 44.23.

6th August 2003


Sandy secures Ilton crown

THE third and final events of the Ilton Intergrade Circuit Race Series saw Taunton’s Greg Sandy (Team Endurosport) win the elite, first and second category overall with his third success.
Yeovil riders Graeme Lackford ( and Chris Absolom (Yeovil CC) were out of the top placings but finished fourth and fifth respectively in the overall standings.
In the third and fourth category race, Yeovil club veteran Brian Pearse was third, John Clemit seventh and Phil Collinson ninth. But Dave Walters, who could have taken the overall title,
crashed heavily and did not continue. Jamie Webster (Alcan) took the overall win while Pearse was equal second with Cheltenham’s Dave Hutchinson. Clemit finished fourth and Walters slipped to fifth.
Yeovil’s Mike Loader took second place in the Severn RC 25 time trial at Thornbury near Bristol, recording 57 mins 30 secs on a difficult morning when the crosswind seemed to be a hindrance in both directions. Winner Darren Willetts (On the Edge RT) clocked 55:06. On the A35 Upton bypass near Poole, veteran Terry like (Poole Wheelers) won the Antelope RT Ten, clocking 20:13. Absolom was fifth with 21:06 and Andy Millward (VC Camelot) seventh in 21:23.
Other Yeovil club times were Clemit 22:24, Jon Sharp 22:52 and Stuart Wroot 23:03.
Absolom won last Thursday evenings Yeovil ten in 21:06 with Millward completing in 21:37. Rick Johnson (Somerset RC) was third in 22:02. Nick Evans (22:11) came fourth with James Hector (22:28) fifth and Tom Cox (22:28) sixth.

21st August 2003

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Loader finds his form in Wiltshire

Yeovil is Mike loader has found his form–after struggling during the hayfever season. He rode into second place in the Frome and District CC 10 mile time trial at Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire, by recording a time of 22 minutes 25 seconds. Loader finished 21 seconds behind winner John Wynn of Somerset RC.
The last of this years in Yeovil Thursday evening time trials was won by veterans Steve Pym in 22:05 – he beat Weymouth's Paul Gould by two seconds, Phil Collinson was third (23:51) and was followed by Pete Washington of CC Weymouth(25:05), John Booth (26:51), Paul Sparks(28:05) and 15-year-old Chris Pym, the latter securing a personal best time of 29:05.
Yeovil’s open 10 mile time trial on 27 September has been cancelled due to roadworks on the A303 Podimore-Ash flyover course

18th September 2003


Yeovil fastest in veterans’ ten

LocAL time trialists contested Andover Wheelers annual Weyhill Weekend, riding the ten mile races on Saturday afternoon and the 25s on Sunday morning. The Yeovil club came into their own in the 40-49 veterans ten with Chris Absolom (third in 20 mins 19 secs), Mike Loader (ninth with 21:06) Jon Sharp (22:14) seeing them end up the fastest team. The event was won by Ray Hughes (Clarence Wheelers) with 19 mins 34 secs.
The seniors race, for those aged 18-40, was won by former RNAS Yeovilton-based Army rider Paul Haggerty who clocked 20:08.
Jeremy Carpenter (Gillingham & District Wheelers) was 28th with 21:47 and VC Camelots Neil Moore 48th in 23:25. The 25 for veterans saw Hughes top man with 51:56 and Absolom third in 54:05.
Andy Millward was 11th with 55:33 and Loader finished 12th Absolom, Millward, Sharp John Clemit, Chris Fendt and James Hector had just covered 770 miles in a six-day ride from Barcelona in Spain to Nice in France via the Pyrenees, the Alps and one of the most famous climbs in cycling lore, the Giant of Provence Mont Ventoux.

25th September 2003


Pym placed sixth

YEOVIL Cycling Club veteran Steve Pym finished sixth at the Dragon two-day race in West Glamorgan last weekend.
The Veterans League event was run over three stages, on Saturday a three and a half mile prologue time trial was followed by a 43-mile road race, and on Sunday there was another road stage of 56 miles.
Riding in the 40-54 age group, Pym was fourth in prologue and fifth in the first road stage leaving him third overall; On Sunday, the Yeovil man missed the decisive move as the field broke up on the longer stage and he had to fight his way back up to finish sixth on the day and sixth overall.
Yeovil club events finish with the annual hill climb on Sunday 12 October at High Ham first rider starts at 10.30am.

2nd October 2003



PEDAL POWER: Yeovil Cycling Clubs 2003 award-winners show off their trophies. From left, Mike Loader, Mike Northcott, Chris Pym, Chris Absolom, Terry White and honorary vice-president Ivy Andrews.

23rd December 2003

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