COMEBACK man Gary Dighton (Poole Wheelers) took second place in the New Forest CC Autumn 10-mile time trial.

Dighton has returned to racing this season and is rediscovering his old form.

The former British best all-rounder and 25-mile record-holder clocked a time of 22.06 on the Ringwood-Sopley course.

Wareham-based Dighton is already thinking of next season and is planning some serious winter miles.

Team-mate Terry Icke was expected to challenge Dighton but was unlucky to puncture after three miles and retired.

The race was won by Stephen Whitewick (utag-yamaha), his time of 20.50 set a new course record.

Leading lady Julia Shaw’s time of 22.12 was good enough for fourth place overall and was her last race before leaving for Delhi and the Commonwealth Games.

Based in Bramshaw in the New Forest, Shaw has won national titles at every distance this season.

<•>Concentrating on track training for the national championships, Bryce Dyer (votwo.co.uk) was short of road miles. However, he had enough in the legs to win the Aquaterra Energy two-day race at Downton.

Riding a low profile machine in the opening 2.4 mile hilly time trial, Dyer won the stage by five seconds.

The rest of the field opted for standard road bikes and were to rue their decision as Bournemouth University lecturer Dyer held on to his slender advantage in the following 35 mile road race.

Paul Matthew (Utag) won stage three, but his 56.56 time for the sporting 40km time trial was only good enough to beat Dyer by one second.

Dyer won the three-stage race by a mere five seconds, the smallest winning margin in the 14-year history of the event.

<•>Weymouth CC promoted the first round of the annual inter-club hill climb series.

The punishing climb of Portland Hill, used in the old Milk Race, was won by Todd Preston of the promoting club. Poole Wheelers host the next round on Creech Hill.