Pete Smith was the star of the Team , having finished 3rd in the recent LVRC National Time Troal Championship, he flew out the following day to Majorca to compete in several Road Races, then returned to go directly to Belgium to compete i na series of Cyclo Cross events.
Belgium is the centre of Cyclo Cross and to achieve high results over there is outstanding.
In a tough race at Ardooie, Smith finished a moderate 19th, and had trouble with adapting to the deep mud on the course, having come straight off a Road Racing season, , but 2 days later he was in terrific form–The event was at Dienze, and it looked as if Smith would take victory, but a slight mistake on a muddy section , whilst overtaking lapped riders, caused him to drop back several places, , fighting back to a brilliant 2nd place at the finish, ,1 place ahead of the current World Veteran Champion.
The following day at Zingem on a dry course, Smith finished 9th , one place behind the World Champion, having been gridded at the rear of the field at the start.
Returning home , Smith finished 3rd behind the British Champion and the World Veteran Champion, , clearly showing excellent form , and a big boost to Team Jewson’s chances of regaining the National Team Championships again , with Roach, Busby and Stowe, all riding well.
Mark James kept the M.I.Race Team to the fore by winning the Veterans Race at Rd 5 of the Welsh series at Brecon.
Meanwhile in the Midlands Phil Roach took 3rd place in the Notts and Derby Cross on Saturday , following it up with 4th place in the National Trophy series Rd 2 at Southampton the following day, and is now lying in second place overall in the series.
At nearby Misterton Hall, Lutterworth, –Coventry’s Pete Busby finished 3rd in the Veteran Race, behind former National Champion Pete Harris, Busby gained the lead , but dropped back when he fell and derailed his chain , causing him to drop back thro the 100 plus field, but he fought back , and at one time looked like he would make contact with the leading 2 riders again , finally settling for a brilliant 3rd place.
Another brilliant weekend for the Coventry based Team.