Coventry’s Elite Cycling Team –“Team Jewson–M.I.Racing–Polypipe” clinched 2 more National Cycling Championships at the weekend, thanks to two of their oldest members.
Team Boss–75 year old, Mick Ives from Baginton near Coventry, won his 81st British Cycling Championship, and 67 year old, Barrie Mitchell from Marton won his 20th British Cycling Championship, when they competed in the new British Time Trials Closed Circuit Championships held at Thruxton Motor Racing circuit in Hampshire, last Sunday.
The new Championship attracted riders from all over the U.K. and was won by an Ex Team Jewson–M.I.Racing rider, and former British Junior Champion, 20 year old Josh Teasdale–who has been racing on the Professional circuit in Belgium for the past 3 seasons. His first season with a Belgium Pro Team, was arranged by Mick Ives.
The very exposed circuit, was even tougher by very strong winds and a damp surface. Both Ives and Mitchell competed the race without any problems, but Ives managed to crash whilst warming up . This was the last Road event of the season for both riders–Mitchell will now focus on Cyclo Cross races, including the World Masters Championships in Switzerland in January, whilst Ives will be having a back operation in the next few weeks – a problem that has never been right since crashing through the fencing in the World Masters Cyclo Cross Championships in Louisville, Kentuckey U.S.A. in January 2012, whilst fighting for first place, on deep rutted frozen ground, made worse by overnight snow. Although Ives eventually recovered to fight his way back to the Silver Medal place he has had back problems ever since.
In other news, Cyclo Cross specialist Mark James finished 2nd Veteran and 4th overall in Round 4 of the Welsh series at Camarthen, his best place of the new season.
Nearer home , Coventry’s Peter Busby kept the Teams colours flying when he finished 4th in the Veterans race at Fillongly, Near Coventry– organized by Solihull C.C. Busby had been fighting out with the eventual winner when he crashed and lost places as he had to run to his spare bike and dropped back to 10th place. He fought back to eventually finish a brilliant 4th.