Chilbolton 65 km Reliability Ride

A grey start turned into a sunny day for the last Sotonia reliability ride in 2018.  21 riders turned up at Romsey for a 9.30 start and all completed the course well within time.  Well done guys!

Gold Standard

Tom Budden
Peter French
Graham Harman
Jez Hart
Jon Legg
Leon Maidment
Harry Parsons
John Phillips
Ben Scott-Munden
Lee Shirley
Russell Speight
Rich Stephens
Patryk Rucki
Red Walters
Will Weynberg
Paul Witcombe
Phil Wilks


Julia Baker-Beall
Peter Girling
Colin Witt
Julian Wherrett

P164 Result 31 May 2018

The Tarts Tandem Challengers were the stars of the night with Julia Baker-Beall and Mary Corbett setting new Club Women's Tandem 10 mile records and Norman Harvey piloting 16 year old Harvey Payne on his first time trial.  The event was won by James Peckham in 23:00 but a special mention must be made to newcomer Sam Cooper who clocked 23:55 for second place.

Thanks must go to the organiser, Graham Vail and his helpers:  Dave Crocker and Ian Stewart (Timekeepers), Tim Cooke, Phil Nightingale and Penny Cossburn.

Pos Name Club Category Time
1 James Peckham Sotonia 23:00
2 Sam Cooper Sotonia 23:55
3 Stephen Wood Antelope RT 24:35
4 Jon Dudley Sotonia 50-59 24:40
5 Phil Rudd C&T 24:44
6 Paul Hopkins DHC 24:48
7 John Phillips Sotonia 60+ 26:58
8 Jamie Doel Sotonia 27:09
9 Matt Davison Sotonia 27:25
10 Julia Baker-Beall/Mary Corbett Sotonia Tandem WV 29:33
11 Chris Summers Sotonia 60+ 29.48
12 Hannah Howard C&T 30:39
13 John Radford Sotonia 60+ 30.48
14 Norman Harvey/Harvey Payne Sotonia/C&T Tandem 31:57
15 Martin Napier Sotonia 60+ 32:16
16 Nick Wisby Sotonia 50-59 33:53



Come and Ride The First Women's TT of the Year - Wednesday 11th April

The first in the series of time trials organised by the Bournemouth & District Women’s Cycling Association takes place this Wednesday 11th April on the P164c. The HQ is at Parc Pale car park just beyond Boltons Bench, Lyndhurst and the first rider is off at 7pm – signing on starts from around 6.15pm. These are low key and very friendly events aimed at encouraging ladies (and men) to have a go at time trialling as well as catering for the more experienced riders.
Where else can you get such thrills and exhilaration for a mere £3.00!!

For more information please pm or email me

Bournemouth & District Women's Cycling Association

Sotonia CC is affiliated to the Bournemouth & District Women's Cycling Association (BDWCA), an organisation which was set up to promote cycling for women during the 1950s.  During the year the BDWCA organises time trials and a few social events, including the recent "Ride with Nicole Cooke" and the very popular "Petit Prix des Dames" which is a two-up time trial for teams made up of 1 male and 1 female.

The dates for all their events are listed below and on Sotonia CCs Events page and all members, both male and female, are encouraged to take part.

Day Date Event Distance Course Start
Wed 11 April Club 10 P164 19:00
Wed 25 April Club 15 P128/15 19:00
Sun 29 April Open 25 P413 07:00
Wed 9 May Club 10 P164 19:30
Wed 23 May Club 25/10 P128 19:00
Wed 6 June Club 15 P165 19:30
Wed 20 June Club 25 P128/25 19:00
Wed 4 July Club 15 P164/15 19:30
Wed 18 July Club 10 P164 19:30
Wed 1 Aug Club 10 P164 19:00
Sat 11 Aug Open 2-up TTT 10 P311 15:00
Sat 1 Sept Club Petit Prix de Dames 10 P311 15:00


Well deserved award for Julian Gee!

Julian Gee was awarded the Ray Price Trophy at the CTT South DC Prize Presentation lunch on Sunday, 19 November.  This annual award is made in memory of the late Ray Price who served the South DC as Secretary and Chairman for over 25 years.  It is awarded to the person who, from a list of nominations, has in the view of the South DC Committee made a special contribution to cycle sport in the South DC.  Julian is a life-long member of Sotonia CC, having served as its Chairman for many years.  He is a great supporter of time-trialling, serving as Chairman of the South DC and delegate to the national body - his many short video clips taken during events are viewed nationwide.  Julian is pictured here with Joan Price who is still an active supporter of time trialling in the south.


Chilbolton 65km Reliability Ride - 26 November 2017

Come and join us for the Chilbolton 65 km Reliability Ride on Sunday 26 November, starting from Romsey Bus Station at 9.30 am.  Reliability rides are traditional winter or early season non-competitive events without any frills. They are tests of your ability to ride a given route within a set time selected at the start. You can choose from one of the following standards: Gold 16-18 mph, Silver 14-16 mph or Bronze 12-14 mph.

The events are open to riders of all ages, however, riders under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and have a completed Parental Consent form.


View and download the route from RideWithGPS

Chilbolton 2017 Routesheet

Chilbolton 65km GPX File

Parental Consent Form for Reliability Rides for 50 miles or less



Meanish Meon 78 - 29 October 2017

Report by Richard Haynes

18 riders assembled at Romsey shortly after an unwanted shower to commence the Reliability Ride. The participants almost had an international flavour with three riders from the Isle of Wight.

There were more than 18 starters but some riders had decided not to do the complete ride and other members joined the ride partway through the route.

I suspect that average speeds were lower than normal because of the wet conditions to start and the amount of tree debris and mud on the roads, this was evidenced by many of the riders looking with dismay at the state of their bikes on completion. Some commented about the unhelpful headwind on the outward route and the route meant that they could not settle into a steady rhythm. All 18 who signed on finished and should be congratulated given the roads, number of turns and climbs.

Sotonia:  Will Weynberg, Paul Ransom, Russell Speight, Dominic Betteridge, John French

Sotonia:  Paul Witcombe, Jon Legg, Richard Burch

Sotonia:  Martin Roscoe, Martin Cole, Simon Daw, Mel Cook, Ian Wall, Nicole Wall, Colin Witt
Team Spy (IOW):  R. Merryfield, N. Bee, J. Hayles

Sotonia Hill Climb - 22 October 2017

This was a special event in the Sotonia calendar as "Cycling Weekly" were in attendance to record our 50th Anniversary with a feature in the "Ride With" series.  Cold and windy but 38 riders competed against the clock on the short but sharp Dean Hill.  The fastest Sotonia rider was Ben Coward, who narrowly beat Red Walters by one second.

The Annual Hill Climb Championship combines the times from the Autumn and Spring Hill Climb which is run in February.  The winner of the overall competition for 2017 is Phil Godfrey (2:20 + 2:40) who very narrowly beat one of our young riders, Harry Parsons, by 5 seconds (2:39 + 2:26) despite a huge improvement on the spring ride.

Sotonia's annual programme of time trials and hill climbs cannot take place without regular support from our organisers, timekeepers and their helpers.  This event could not have happened without:

Ted Knowlton - Organiser
Norman Harvey, Dave Crocker, Martin Napier and Ian Stewart - Timekeepers
Colin Witt, Julian Wherrett and Wendy Knowlton - Helpers

Pos Name Club Category Time
1 Tom Ellis Southampton Uni RC 2:08
2 Ben Coward Sotonia 2:14
3 Red Walters Sotonia 2:15
4 Ollie Windward-Bratchell VC Venta 2:19
5 Cameron Taylor Sotonia 2:22
6 Tom Budden Sotonia 2:25
7 Harry Parsons Sotonia Under 18 2:26
8 Tom King Southampton Uni RC 2:28
9 Paul Mustow Salisbury Road and Mountain 2:28
10 Paul Ransom Sotonia 2:28
11 Chris Cockburn Southampton Uni RC 2:32
12 James Richard Southampton Uni RC 2:33
13 Ben Hames Sotonia 2:33
14 Nial Dickins Southampton Uni RC 2:36
15 Tom Bloomfield Come and Try 2:39
16 Phil Godfrey Sotonia 2:40
17 Sean Holehouse Sotonia 40-59 2:41
18 Josh Bakker Sotonia 2:41
19 John Legg Sotonia 40-59 2:42
20 James Peckham Sotonia 2:42
21 Leon Maidment Come and Try 2:43
22 Richard Burch Sotonia 40-59 2:46
23 Ben Scott-Munden Sotonia 2:47
24 Paul Macken Sotonia 40-59 2:52
25 Henry Salmon Southampton Uni RC 2:53
26 John Phillips Sotonia 60-69 2:59
27 Max Lawrence Sotonia 2:59
28 Simon Bailey Come and Try 3:02
29 Rob Longham Sotonia 3:15
30 Jon Slator Sotonia 3:18
31 Graham Vail Sotonia 40-59 3:31
32 Paul Kent Sotonia 40-59 3:43
33 Steve Noton Sotonia 40-59 3:43
34 Glen Longland/Mary Corbett Antelope RT/Sotonia Tandem 3:48
35 Gemma Herbertson Salisbury Road and Mountain 3:57
36 Martin Cole Sotonia 40-59 4:08
37 Jan Burnage Sotonia W60-69 4:09
38 Peter Redhead Sotonia 60-69 4:24

Club TT - P101 Sunday 15 October 2017

The final Club 10 of the season took place on a grey day which promised rain.  Despite this there were a larger than usual group of riders to sign on at the HQ and the winner by quite a wide margin was Sotonia's Ben Coward.

Thanks to all  who made this event possible:

Organiser:  Penny Cossburn
Timekeepers:  Norman Harvey, Dave Crocker and Ian Stewart
Helpers:  Phill Nightingale, Phil Wilks and Phil Godfrey

Pos Name Club Category Time
1 Ben Coward Sotonia 23:39
2 Stewart Ward NFCC 24:51
3 Mitchell Campbell SURC 25:12
4 Ellis Pullinger SURC 25:21
5 Shaun Hurworth Sotonia 25:23
6 Pete Coombs NFCC 25:27
7 Henri Lam GMC 25:45
8 Ted Knowlton Sotonia 60-69 26:16
9 Stuart Grace GA Cycles 26:20
10 Stuart Peckham NFCC 26:31
11 Nick O'Rourke NFCC 28:11
12 Brian Coupe Crabwood 28:27
13 Mick Bradban Sotonia 60-69 29:02
14 Ady Deverill Sotonia 40-59 29:08
15 Gemma Wilks Sotonia W 30:13
16 Julian Wherrett Sotonia 70+ 31:08
17 Chris Summers Sotonia 60-69 31:27
18 Steve Wilks Sotonia 60-69 31:53
19 Martin Napier Sotonia 70+ 33:02
20 Darryl Marcus Hanks Southampton Tri 34:28
21 Mary Corbett/Linda Connor Sotonia/Southampton Tri W Tandem 35:02

Club 10 mile TT on P164 - 1 June - Results

A warm but windy sunny evening saw 23 finishers in the Club's 10 mile time trial on Thursday, 1st June.  Results as follows:

Name Club Cat Time Place Overall Sotonia Placing
Phil Wilks Sotonia 23.04 1 1
Tom Hayward VCV 23.18 2
James Fox VCV 23.21 3
James Plumb VCV 23.41 4
Phil Godfrey Sotonia 24.00 5 2
Jon Dudley Sotonia 50-59 24.33 6 3
James Dick Tri Team Wessex 24.41 7
Stephen Wood Antelope RT 24.43 8
Harry Parsons Sotonia U18 25.50 9 4
Jon Legg Sotonia 40-49 25.51 10 5
James Fisher Come and Try 26.01 11
Mike Vickers Come and Try 26.16 12
Graham Harman Sotonia 40-49 26.20 13 6
James Davenport VCV 26.51 14
Steve Bancroft Sotonia 40-59 27.57 15 7
Ted Knowlton Sotonia 60-69 27.58 16 8
Mick Anglim NFCC 28.06 17
Colin Witt Sotonia 60-69 29.18 18 9
Mary Corbett/ Bob Damper Sotonia Tan 29.41 19 10
Chris Summers Sotonia 60-69 29.50 20 11
Norman Harvey Sotonia 70+ 30.52 21 12
Steve Wilks Sotonia 60-69 32.28 22 13
Martin Napier Sotonia 70+ 33.37 23 14

Thanks to all the timekeepers and helpers who made this event possible: Dave Crocker, Ian Stewart, Niels Langhout, Penny Cossburn, Ben Hames, Dan Edwards, Peter Baker and Tom Budden and organiser Gawain Young.