Darren Atkins

Six Podium places over the weekend but for once in a while, no Victories.

Riders from Team Jewson—M.I.Racing—Thule  contested 4 different disciplines of Cycle Racing over last weekend, all with outstanding success.

Coventry’s Stacey Penn, fresh from her Great Britain selection for World Championships last week, Stacey competed in the British Sprint Triathlon Championships at Olney, Northamptonshire on Sunday finishing a very close 3rd.

Stacey was leading coming to the end of the final run when with other  Elite competitors, they caught up with the earlier starting older ones, and in the mix up 2 other ladies got past, with Stacey in 3rd place at 7 secs. But still a brilliant performance.

Jewson’s other top Triathlete, Samantha Anderson (Coventry), chose to ride a Time Trial, and finished a brilliant 2nd in the Echelon 23 ml hilly event, as part of the Midland Spoco series, which she is now in 2nd place.

Whilst the Teams 3rd Lady on the Podium was Hanneke van der Werf, who competed in a 12hr Mountain Bike Endurance race at Earlstoke, and again claimed 3rd place, a very tough event in the warm weather, requiring good planning with feeding/drinking arrangements to keep going.

On the Road, the very powerfull male section of the Team failed to get any victories, but again some excellent results.

Competing in the U.K.’s top race for Veterans, Round 3 of the “Percy Stallard” National series, promoted by Stratford C.C. and sponsored by “Rotor” on the tough Brailes/Tysoe circuit. Team Jewson riders were in the thick of the action in all the races.

Kenilworth’s top racing cyclist Darren Atkins, better known for his performances in Cyclo Cross, rode his first Road Race for 4 seasons, and finished 3rd in the 122km race for riders 40 yrs and over, this was a brilliant ride as all of his rivals have had months of racing in their legs, and to make things worse, Darren was off work ill most of last week.

Team mate and winner of the series for past 3 seasons Jon Stevenson (Warwick) finished 3rd in 112 km race for riders 45 yrs and over. Stevenson is currently in 2nd place overall with team mate Mike Twelves (Hinckley) finished in 5th place.

Former British Road and Time Trial Champion, John French finished 3rd in 88 km race for riders 55yrs. and over. Martin Hackley (Dunchurch) was 5th in 64 km race for 60 and over.

In the 64 km  race for riders 70 an over, Baginton’s Mick Ives finished a very close 2nd to former World Veteran Road Race Champion Tony Woodcock with former Professional Derrick Woodings in 4th place

Good news – Barrie Mitchell (Marton) is back in training after several operations, and will be in action again very soon.

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