Tight at the top in title race

Whilst guest rider Paul Lockyear (New Forest CC) recorded the fastest time of the evening in last week's (Thursday 20th June) Sotonia Club Championship 10 mile TT on the P164 course at Lyndhurst, the race to be crowned men's champion was very tight race, with four rides within 14 seconds of each other.

However, this year's men's Champion is Peter Boustred with a good time of 22:56 on pleasant summer evening with not too much wind. This year's women's champion is again Gemma Wilks as fastest woman on the night, 15 year old Skye Martingale, now rides for Team Type One Style.

With 33 riders taking part the event was well supported and repaid the efforts of organiser Stuart Martingale's team of timekeepers, marshals and helpers on the night.

Full list of times:

1: Paul Lockyer.New Forest CC 21:45
2: Peter Boustred. Sotonia CC 22:56
3: Dan Mellor Sotonia CC 23:02
4: Jeremy Hubbard. Sotonia CC 23:09
5: Andy Gardiner. Sotonia CC 23:10
6: William Shield. Southampton University RC 24:05
7: Niclas Olley. Sotonia CC 24:07
8: Lewis Refill. Sotonia CC 24:14
9: Tom Wilks. Sotonia CC 24:24
10: Mike Anderson. CC Montentour 24:54
11: Alec O'Loughlin Southampton University RC 25:37
12: Stanley Phillips. Sotonia CC 25:40
13: Gareth Davies.Southampton University RC 25:51
14: Jon Legg. Sotonia CC 26:01
15: Skye Martingale. Team Type One Style 26:14
16: Simon Carlin. Oceanlake Tri 26:42
17: Oliver Starkey. 26:43
18: Oliver Berney.Utag RT 26:46
19: Justin Olley. Sotonia CC 28:14
20: Rhys Gilbert. Sotonia CC 28:15
21: Darren Pike. Sotonia CC 28:17
22: Phil Carline. Sotonia CC 28:46
23: Gemma Wilks. Sotonia CC 28:51
24: Ian Macdonald. GS Vecchi 29:13
25: Peter Pike.Sotonia CC 30:07
26: Chris Summers. Sotonia CC 30:12
27: Benji Pike. Sotonia CC 30:53
28: Poppy Carline. Sotonia CC 32:09
29: Eve Carline. Sotonia CC 32:27
30: George Boustred. Sotonia CC 32:41
31: Morgan Gilbert. Sotonia CC 34:00
32: Aneurin Gilbert.Sotonia CC 34:22
33: Evan Gilbert. Sotonia CC 35:20

Extra speed beats greater numbers in inter-club clash

A report from organiser Stuart Gilmour of VC Venta on the recent inter-club competition with Sotonia, Tuesday 21st May.

I hope everybody enjoyed a great night on the P164 last night at the annual VC Venta v Sotonia Inter-Club Time Trial. A fantastic 63 riders took to the start line (Sotonia 38, VC Venta 24, Guest 1) despite the threat of rain which unfortunately settled in during the second half of the event.

The competition was split in to four categories, open time trial, open road bike, combined ladies time trial and road bike and combined youth. Some riders chose to ride as a two-up and one pair on a tandem. Bonus points were also given to all junior riders and all female riders as the emphasis of the competition has always been to try and encourage wider participation in time trials from young riders and from our female members. Many members from both clubs were taking part in their first ever time trial and that spirit is what the inter-club is really all about.
Individual times can be seen on the result sheet website here,


Things were not looking good for the hosting club VC Venta when one rider arrived having forgotten the thru axle for his rear wheel and another forgot their cycling shoes and with Sotonia already the dominant club in terms of rider entries. Would these absences be critical in the overall result. Time would tell……………….
First main category off were the youth riders and early dominance for Sotonia as their eight riders amassed points to take an early 59-8 lead against the sole Venta rider. Tom Wilks (13 years old) was fastest youth in an impressive 25m 14s.
Sotonia also dominated the open TT category securing a 55-24 victory, Venta however secured a one-two with Matt Downie clocking fastest time of the night in 21m 02s, closely followed in by Bobby Buenfeld with 21m 17s.
The ladies was a closely contested category with Venta just edging the category 14-12. Fastest female on the night was guest Holly Ramsey of the Hess Cycling Team who recorded 24m 24s. Leading female in the inter-club competition was Nicola Ferguson (VC Venta) in 28m 48s just beating Donna Bennett (Sotonia) who recorded 29m 03s.
The open road bike category however was the significant factor in the competition where Sotonia had sixteen riders compared to fourteen from Venta but Venta dominated the category on the road claiming five of the top six places. The road bike category having the largest number of riders meant the top placings also earned the biggest points and subsequently a 298-169 result in the category helped Venta to snatch the overall win on the night from under Sotonia.
The final result when adding in bonus points for the two ups and tandems was Venta 351 Sotonia 306.

Top five in each category were as follows
Open Road Open TT Womens Combined Youth (U16)
1st Tommy Stroud
VCV 22m 46s Matt Downie
VCV 21m 02s Holly Ramsey (Guest) 24m 24s Tom Wilks
Sotonia 25m 14s
2nd Carl Morris
VCV 23m 02s Bobby Buenfeld
VCV 21m 17s Nicola Ferguson VCV 28m 48s Tom Allen
Sotonia 25m 23s
3rd Jamie Plumb
VCV 23m 30s Jeremy Hubbard
Sotonia 22m 37s Donna Bennett
Sotonia 29m 03s Monty Flavell
Sotonia 26m 35s
4th Oscar Hoult
VCV 24m 15s Pete Boustred
Sotonia 22m 52s Emma Harrison Sotonia 30m 13s Isabella Hall Sotonia 27m 28s
5th Joe Wynne
Sotonia 24m 47s James Gilfillan
Sotonia 23m 02s Amy Thorpe
VCV 31m 42s Isla Hoult VCV 29m 03s

Last but not least thanks to the volunteers who enabled the event to happen, starters Rebecca Gilmour, Andrea Stroud and Kim, marshalls Jo South and Mike Naulls and timekeeper Nick Buenfeld. Thanks also to Graham Harman and Julian Gee for galvanising such a strong turn out from Sotonia CC. It was so good to see such a large number of youth riders representing your club. Finally of course a huge thank you to all members from both clubs for riding on what threatened to be a bit of a damp evening.

The baton is now handed back to Sotonia to organise the 2025 event.

Primera's Jones leads the octet in Sotonia 10 mile TT

Visiting from Bournemouth, 53 year old Paul Jones was the fastest of the eight riders who took part in Sotonia's second club event of the season, a 10 mile event on the P128 course at Bartley.
A bright and dry morning was somewhat spoilt by a cold northerly breeze but that didn't seem to slow the riders too much as Jones clocked a very fine 21.55 ride.
Close behind in second was Southampton University doctoral student, chemist Liam Kemp with 22.12, 40 seconds faster than Sotonia's top rider on the day Jeremy Hubbard.
Time trial secretary Graham Harman acted as start timekeeper and then went on to ride himself clocking a very creditable 23.54.
Thanks are also due to organiser Evan Jardine-Skinner and finish timekeepers Dave Crocker and Julian Gee.

Finish times

1 Paul Jones Primera 21.55
2 Liam Kemp Southampton University RC 22.12
3 Jeremy Hubbard Sotonia CC 22.52
4 Graham Harman Sotonia CC 23.54
5 Oliver Starkey Sotonia CC 26.34
6 Jon Legg Sotonia CC 26.39
7 Mick Anglim New Forest CC 28.36
8 Charlotte Starkey Come & try it 29.52

Another successful Sotonia promotion

The club had the pleasure of hosting the first round of this season's Cycling Time Trials National Circuit Series, in the form of this year's 'Leg Loosener' 14.6 mile event in the New Forest.

There was a decent entry for this early season test, with 68 entries across the categories, and despite the unpleasant, wet and misty conditions, the majority of these made the effort to start, which made the efforts of organiser Phil Wilks and his team of helpers and time keepers worthwhile.

The video gives a flavour of the event, and the state of some of the finishers as they struggled up Pipers Wait, to the finish timekeepers!



Win for 19 year old debutant Shield in damp conditions for hill climb.

Given the wet weather it was very good to see 15 riders take part in this morning's hill climb on Dean Hill.

Whilst conditions weren't perfect for any record breaking, it was very pleasing to witness 19 year old Southampton University student Will Shield, posting the fastest time in his first competitive event. Having ridden out from Southampton Will and his university club mates, didn't have time to reconnoiter the course so had to have it explained to them before starting. However, this didn't seem to hinder them as they went on to post most of the fastest times up the half mile climb in south Wiltshire.

With the women riders, it was win for the promoting club as Gemma Wilks saw off the challenge of past winner Gemma Herbertson and another first time to hill climbing, 18 year old Alice Snow, also riding her first event. However, Alice's speed might have been blunted as she had already competed in a 10km run earlier in the day!

Thanks to all those who took part and especially to timekeepers Martin Napier and Dave Crocker (who was officiating at his 20th event of the season!) and to Graham Harman who assisted organiser Julian Gee in setting out the course before helping the timekeepers.


Position Rider No. Name Club Finish time

1 4 William Shield Southampton University RC 2.16
2 14 Joey Wynne Sotonia CC 2.25
3 3 Barnaby Huxtable Southampton University RC 2.41
4 1 Harry Nickells Southampton University RC 2.44
5 2 Tim Ericksson Southampton University RC 2.45
6 5 Rich Ward New Forest CC 3.02
7 9 Patrick Fuller Sotonia CC 3.07
8 7 Jez Hart Sotonia CC 3.09
9 6 Rob Ward Come & Try 3.18
10 10 Greg Sanger Sotonia CC 3.29
11 11 Nick Jenning Sotonia CC 3.39
12 12 Steve Noton Sotonia CC 3.59


Position Rider No. Name Club Finish time

1 13 Gemma Wilks Sotonia CC 3.24
2 8 Gemma Herbertson Elevate RT 3.58
3 15 Alice Snow Come & Try 4.10

On form Hubbard fastest again

Newly crowned club 25 mile Champion Jeremy Hubbard carried on his good recent form by recording the fastest time in the recent club 10 mile time trial on the P164 course (Tuesday 8th August) just dipping under 23 minutes on an overcast evening with rain threatening throughout.

The contest amongst the women riders was very close as Debbie Hallett recorded the fastest of four 29 minute rides, edging out two of the club's up-and-coming youth riders Emma Harrison and Skye Martingale and the more experienced Gemma Wilks.

The evening also saw Mary Corbett pilot 83 year old Club President Dave Crocker around the course on her tandem trike in a very creditable 37.07.

Thanks to Phil Connell for taking on the organisation, Martin Napier, Graham Harman and Julian Gee for timekeeping and the marshals were Nigel Aiken and Jon Dudley.

Name                     Club          Time
1 Jeremy Hubbard Sotonia CC 22.59
2 Pete Boustred     DHC  23.08
3 Mike Anderson CC Moncontour 24.54
4 Jason Harrison Sotonia CC 26.23
5 Thomas Wilks Sotonia CC 26.37
6 Oliver Starkey Come & Try it 27.35
7 Darren Pike Sotonia CC 28.05
8 Martin Nobbs Sotonia CC 28.26
9 Debbie Hallett Sotonia CC 29.07
10 Skye Martingale Sotonia CC 29.34
11 Gemma Wilks Sotonia CC 29.35
12 Emma Harrison Sotonia CC 29.41
13 Chris Summers Sotonia CC 30.19
14 Marc Riley Sotonia CC 30.43
15 Charlotte Starkey Come & Try it 31.26
16 Benji Pike Sotonia CC 34.04
17 Mary Corbett/Dave Crocker (Tandem Trike) Sotonia CC 37.07

Tight at the top in championship '25'

An overcast evening on the P128 course, taking in three laps of the Copythorne, Cadnam, Netley March circuit, saw a tight contest for honours amongst the top 3 riders, in this year's club championship 25 mile time trial. However youth triumphed over experience on this occasion with 31 year old Jeremy Hubbard coming out on top by half a minute from veteran clubmates Phil Wilks and Mike Marsh.

63 year old Jon Dudley stormed round for fourth place in the championship with his 1.0.58 relegating many times past club 25 mile champion Graham Harman to an unaccustomed fifth place.

Crabwood CC also incorporated their 25 mile championship into the event and it was the evergreen 80 year old Dave England who came out top in that contest.

Thanks to Nick Wisby for putting on the event and also to the timekeepers and marshals, Mary Corbett, Norman Harvey, Martin Napier, Dave Crocker, Nigel Aiken, Claire Newman and Julian Gee.

Jeremy Hubbard Sotonia CC 58.13
Phil Wilks Sotonia CC 58.43
Mike Marsh Sotonia CC 58.45
Sam Cooper Andover Wheelers 1.0.57
Jon Dudley Sotonia CC 1.0.58
Graham Harman Sotonia CC 1.1.14
Jon Legg Sotonia CC 1.4.50
Sien Van Der Plank New Forest CC 1.5.13
Adrian Robinson Sotonia CC 1.6.57
Darren Pike Sotonia CC 1.12.14
Dave England Crabwood CC 1.13.43
Chris Summers Sotonia CC 1.16.25
Colin Witt Crabwood CC 1.18.54



This year's Champion







Stars come out in the rain for Epilepsy Society, in final event of the time trial season

The final Sotonia time trial of the season was a special event, run to assist Stuart Grace with his fund raising for the Epilepsy Society. One of the stars of the show was once again Jens Voigt, the former Tour de France Yellow Jersey holder and stage winner and Hour Record holder.
Jens had offered to pace the winner of a prize draw in the race itself and this honour fell to 15 year old Samuel Hughes of VC Venta who was very pleased with his resulting time of 25.17.
Another star taking part as the 72nd partner of Sotonia's Mary Corbett in her Tandem Tart Challenge was Marion Clignet. Clignet was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 22 and is a former cycling World Champion and two time Olympic silver medalist.
The wet weather on the day failed to dampen the enthusiasm of those taking part, particularly the fastest rider on the day. 15 year old Bobby Buenfeld of VC Venta who clocked a very fine 22.31.
The end of the event was also visited by one of our domestic stars Eddie Adkins, the former multi time trial champion and record holder, still going strong in his 70's.

Thanks go to Graham Harman for organising. Martin Napier, Dave Crocker and Julian Gee for timekeeping

Number Name Club Finish Time Category
2 Bobby Buenfeld VC Venta 22.31 Solo
8 Sherif Attia Southampton University RC 23.46 Solo
6 Oscar Lawrence VC Venta 24.01 Solo
7 Mike Marsh Sotonia CC 24.10 Solo
3 Mark Lisk 3C 25.05 Solo
5 Samuel Hughes/Jens Voigt VC Venta 25.17 2-up
9 Hamish Hunter Sotonia CC 25.34 Solo
11 James Peckham Sotonia CC 26.04 Solo
4 Chris Hughes VC Venta 27.22 Solo
10 Oliver Hitchings VC Venta 27.22 Solo
1 Mary Corbett/Marion Clignet Sotonia CC 28.15 Tandem Trike


Visitor Jones is fastest in the forest

Bournemouth visitor Paul Jones was the fastest rider by quite a margin in today's Sotonia club 10 on the P164 at Lyndhurst with 21.45 on day which looked promising but many found hard.

First Sotonia rider was Phil Wilks with 23.15, with son Tom, at 12 years old, making his time trial debut, clocking a very impressive 29.45 on his first time out, just 2 seconds behind his mother Gemma.

At the other end of the age scale, club Vice President Martin Napier claims to have closed a long time trialing career at the age of 75 with his time of 36.37. Will he be back though we wonder?

Thanks to Graham Harman for organising once again and Dave Crocker, Mary Corbett and Norman Harvey for time keeping. Marshals were Nigel Aiken and Jon Dudley.

Name Club Time
Paul Jones Premira Sports 21.45
Phil Wilks Sotonia CC 23.15
Tony Maschio Sotonia CC 24.07
Pete Wilson Bournemouth Arrow CC 25.55
Phil Connell Sotonia CC 25.59
Hamish Hunter Sotonia CC 26.19
Niclas Olley Sotonia CC 27.06
Jon Legg Sotonia CC 27.06
Skye & Stuart Martingale Sotonia CC 27.08
George Connell Sotonia CC 27.45
Lee Shirley Sotonia CC 28.20
Gemma Wilks Sotonia CC 29.43
Tom Wilks Sotonia CC 29.45
Martin Napier Sotonia CC 36.37


Debutante Brown dominates on Dean Hill.

A small but select contingent turned out to ride the club's hill climb this morning, with first time hill climber 31 year old Phill Brown sensationally equaling the course record set by pro rider Red Walters in 2020.

Dull but dry conditions greeted the nine riders with the expected rain fortunately holding off for the event. Special mention should go to the club's two thirteen year olds' Skye Martingale and Stanley Phillips, testing themselves on the half mile climb and putting in very creditable times in doing so.

Brown is now hoping to carrying on his hill climbing career by taking on the National Hill climb Championship at the end of October.

Many thanks to Dave Crocker and Martin Napier for timekeeping duties.

Position Rider Club Time (Mins/secs)

1 Phill Brown New Forest CC 1.59
2 Elliott Jennings DH Racing 2.19
3 Flavio Vitalini DH Racing 2.24
4 Mike Marsh Sotonia CC 2.44
5 Jon Legg Sotonia CC 2.54
6 Stanley Phillips Sotonia CC 2.59
7 Stuart Martingale Sotonia CC 3.13
8 Lee Shirley Sotonia CC 3.36
9 Skye Martingale Sotonia CC 4.00