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Team Sky Doctor gives inside view to dinner guests

Sotonia Cycling Club held its Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation last weekend at Ampfield Golf Club near Romsey. Guest of honour and speaker for the evening Dr Steve Baynes, who is a sports medicine specialist and has been a team doctor with the Team Sky professional cycling team since 2012, as well as being the Southampton Football Club doctor. Dr Baynes, who currently lives in Lymington, went to Romsey School and Barton Peverill before studying medicine in Nottingham.

Before presenting the prizes to the club’s trophy winners, Dr Baynes gave a fascinating insight to life on the road with a top professional cycling squad, with an illustrated talk which the audience really appreciated.

Amongst the big prize winners of the evening were Stuart Martingale who was crowned club champion again despite being only able to ride for part of the 2014 following a bad fall in a training accident from which he is still recovering. Jon Dudley retained his season long point’s competition for men. Winchester based Gawain Young won the 10 and 25 mile championships, whilst Romsey’s Angela Burnikell took the lion’s share of the ladies trophies after an excellent season which saw her record a number of personal best rides. Another Romsey based rider Dan Edwards was the club’s top point’s scorer in the region’s time trial competition in his first full season against the watch.

Following a vote of members at the club’s annual general meeting the clubs veteran’s champion, 81 year old Norman Harvey, was also given the title ‘Club person of the year’ as he established a number of age related records.

The evening also saw a presentation to club founder member and current President Eva Drinkwater who was due to celebrate her 90th birthday the following day.