68 year old Barrie Mitchell rode out of his skin to retain his British Cycling Time Trials National Closed Circuit Championships for riders 65 and over on Sunday.
The event took place on the Thruxton Motor Racing circuit in Hampshire for the second year and the ‘Team Jewson—M.I Racing—Polypipe’ rider notched up his 22nd British Championship, as well as retaining the Title he won last season.
Mitchell completed the 11.7 mile race ( 5 laps ) in a time of 27 mins 14 secs. A month earlier Barrie won the British Open Circuit Championships, repeating last years performances by winning both.
This Championship victory, bring the Teams 2015 tally to 21 British Championships. No other team in the U.K.can boast that tally, and there are more Championships still to be fought out this year, so the total is expected to rise.
Mitchell’s team mate and Team Boss Mick Ives could only manage 3rd fastest in the 75+ race, with a time of 31-28, failing to retain the title he won in 2014—despite going 1 min and 11 secs faster this year.
Russell Green made up the team with a time of 27-32.
More Cyclo Cross success for Team Jewson at the latest round of the Midland series at Henley in Arden as the Team dominated the Veteran races.
Carl Sturgeon won the 40+ race and was 2nd overall in the Veteran race; team-mate Steve Knight –the current leader of the series, finished 2nd in the 45+ race and 3rd overall; and Phil Blacker 3rd in the 45+ race.
Tim Stowe finished 2nd in the v55+ race
Peter Busby won the 50+ race once more and John Gabriel won the 65+ race and extended his lead in the series.
Junior rider Keir Lewis finished just off the podium in 4th place and Mike Riley made his first appearance of the season to finish 4th in the under 23yr olds race
At Milton Keynes on Saturday afternoon Tim Stowe finished in 4th place and at Brecon in Mid Wales Mark James was 3rd. Hinckley team member Kirby Bennett finished 3rd in the Rapha Super race at Halifax.
Next weekend the team will send a very strong team to contest both the Midland series event at Misterton Hall Nr Lutterworth on Saturday and the National Trophy series race at Derby on the Sunday. World Masters Champion Phil Roach is expected to represent the team in both events.