73 yr old Mick Ives (Baginton), was back at his best on Sunday, when he won the 70+ race as part of Rd 5 of the Percy Stallard National Road Race series, on the tough Milbury circuit near Winchester.
Riding with riders up to 13 yrs younger, the Team Jewson M.I.Racing boss, attacked and went off on a solo ride after just 12 miles of the 56 mile race, later to be joined by 12 other, inc. his team mate Martin Hackley (Dunchurch), this group were never to be seen again by the main field of 40 riders. Hackley punctured with 14 miles to go and retired.
Ives has now extended his lead in the National series, which he has won 4 times before, and the next round will be in Scarborough on 9th Sept. With the final, 1 week later at Huntingdon. Hackley despite gaining no points this time, still retains 3rd place overall.
The tough Milbury circuit is a favourite one for Ives, it was here in 2005 that he won the British Road Race Championships, by over 8 mins, so it holds fond memories.
In the 64 mile race for 55yr olds and over John French kept Team Jewson to the fore, with a strong ride for 3rd place, and retains his 3rd place overall.
And in the 72 mile race for riders over 40, Mike Twelves (Hinckley) finished 4th, and has now moved into 3rd place overall, 1 place behind 3 times winner and team mate Jon Stevenson (Warwick), who was away in Spain on holiday. Earlier in the week Twelves (Hinckley had won the Milton Keynes circuit race for riders 40 and over, and Martin Hackley (Dunchurch) finished 2nd in the race for riders 60 and over. Competing in the Darley Moor circuit race nr Ashbourne Derbyshire Derrick Woodings finished 2nd behind the National Champion
Team Jewson Mt Bike section were in cracking form as wellrecent Midland Summer series winner, Tim Stowe (Wellesbourne) was in winning form again at the “ Back on Track” meeting nr Worcester, the final event of the seriesteam mate Pete Busby (Coventry) finished 3rd,
But Busby has won the series overall, his first series win, in his first seasons competition for the teama great performance.with team mate Tim Stowe (Wellesbourne) in 2nd place overall .a 1, 2 for the team”
Jewson Triathlete Stacey Penn (Coventry), finished a brilliant 2nd Lady in the “ Jenson Button “ International Triathlon, at Luton Hoo, on Sunday the 1st and 3rd Ladies were both Elite Athletes which give some idea as to the brilliant performance by Stacey.