James and Gary deliver double joy for in-form Wheelers

Fareham Wheelers have been celebrating a stunning time-trial double.

Friday, 11th March 2016, 5:18 pm
Updated Friday, 11th March 2016, 5:21 pm
Gary Chambers and James Copeland. Picture: Eamonn Deane/localriderslocalraces.co.uk

Fareham Wheelers have been celebrating a stunning time-trial double.

James Copeland and Gary Chambers claimed a one-two for the community club in the Sotonia ‘Chalky White’ 10 last Saturday.

The former delivered victory in 20min 55sec, with his club-mate second in 21.02.

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The duo then joined forces to win the Antelope Two-Up 10 on Sunday.

Their second 10-mile triumph came in 20.42, with Ben Keightley and Lewis Keightley runners-up in 21.07.

And while Copeland had hoped to go quicker along the out-and-back course between Brook and Romsey on Sunday, he was delighted with the success.

He said: ‘It went well and my legs felt good.

‘Time-wise we did not go as quick as we wanted but I think we did a good ride.

‘We seem to spur each other on.

‘We tried to ride it even, doing mile turns then swinging off.

‘We got a Fareham Wheelers one-two on the Saturday and won it for the club on Sunday, so it’s not bad.’

Chambers was equally pleased and revealed plenty of hard work had gone into the triumph.

He said: ‘It was a good win.

‘We are trying to make that jump to the next tier of riders, trying to catch the faster guys.

‘We have definitely moved on and we are trying hard.

‘It can be confusing trying to communicate on the road.

‘But we train a lot together, we are well drilled and knew what we were going to do.’

James Brickell and Chris Ewing also teamed up for the Wheelers and finished 24th in 23.17.

Alongside Copeland and Chambers, Matthew Pepper (45th, 25.59), Robert Oliver (56th, 27.17), Nigel Sign (59th, 29.16) and Barrington Day (64th, 38.25) completed Saturday’s test.

Portsdown Hill’s Colin Dixon clocked 23.00 for 15th.

His team-mates James Fulcher (24.58) and Tom Bandy (25.28) finished 38th and 39th respectively.