Tim Hastie climbing Sunrising Hill
Tim Hastie climbing Sunrising Hill

The 2013 Road and Mt Bike season has only just began, and already Coventry based Team Jewson M.I. Racing have made their intentions known, they are up for a brilliant season.

On Saturday Coventry’s Samantha Anderson, riding for Team Jewson M.I. Racing confirmed she is one of the leading Durathlon competitors in the UK, with a brilliant performance in the Althorpe Duralthon in Northamptonshire. Samantha who finished 6th in the European championships last year in Nancy, France, has already been selected to compete in the European championships this year in Holland in April. The event at Althorpe was a selection race, so it contained a very high class field, Samantha surprised even herself when she broke the Event Record by over 3 1/2 minuteutes, but eventually had to settle for 4th place overall for the 5km Run/20km Cycle and 5km Run such was the competition This performance comes on top of a very tough Winter training programme, and it looks like she is in far better condition than ever before.

At Southampton veteran Road Racer, Les Liddiard, tried out his condition, with a rare Time Trial performance, competing in the Sotonia CC 10 mile event, where he finished 2nd veteran on Standard and 11th fastest in the race, showing he will be a force to recon with, once his Road Racing season begins.

At Lyne in Cheshire 2 new Team members who live locally, Richard Evans and Matt Purshouse, both veteran riders, teamed up to compete in the Nova CC 2 up 25 ml Time Trial on Saturday afternoon. this was their first race in the Teams colours, and they finished a brilliant 3rd fastest team with a time of 56 minutes 55 secs, and fastest veteran Team in the process, the winning team recorded 55 12 Both riders are no strangers to winning races, and will ride a mixed season of Road Races and Time Trials.

The local Time Trial season got underway with the very tough Banbury Star Hilly 23 ml event on Sunday, which takes in the very tough climb of Sunrising Hill, with just 4 miles from the finish. The team were well represented in this event, by 2 more new Team members, both from near by Rugby 30 year old Tim Hastie, confirmed his reputation as one of the fastest time trialists in the Midlands with a brilliant performance to finish with a time of 56 minutes exactly, for an excellent 6th place. This was also Tim’s first ride in the Team Jewson M.I. Racing colours. His team mate 49 yr old, Russell Green, who is well behind with his traing programme, finished mid field with a time of 1 hour 1 minute 53 secs, still a very respectable time on this most grueling course.

But the performance of the weekend must be that of Wellesbourne’s former British Mt Bike Champion, and current LVRC National Cyclo Cross Champion Tim Stowe. Tim who owns Bridge Garage in Wellesbourne, and has been a member of Team M.I. Racing for nearly 20 season, has come off an excellent Cyclo Cross season, and is now fully concentrated on the 2013 Mt Bike programme, with National championship honours very much in his sights. On Sunday he travelled down to Crowethorne in Berkshire for Rd 2 of the Gorrick Mt Bike series. Tim stated the race OK, and worked his way up to 3rd place, then hit a tree root causing his rear wheel to come out of the frame, by dislodging the quick release mechanism a freak incident, resulting in a very heavy fall, and banging his head so bad that it broke his helmet Tim got going again when in 8th position, and steadily made progress thro the field catching up with the first 2 riders, and eventually after rallying all his reserves he attacked both riders in the closing stages to take an excellent victory and now take the overall lead in the series.

Team member of Team Jewson M.I. Racing Thule Greg Ashley (also a member of Rugby Tri Club) started his season with ” A Bang “. On Saturday Greg competed in the Althorpe Duathlon He completed the 10km Run in 38 minutes, followed by the 40 km Cycle in 1 hour 16 minutes and the final 5 km Run in 19 minutes to place 3rd fastest veteran and 20th overall in a high class field. Then on Sunday he competed in the Cambridge Boundry Marathon (26 mile) running on Footpaths Bridleways and Tracks around Cambridge, using the event as a long steady run before upcominuteg Ultra Events Greg finished in 3 hrs 55 minutes, despite all his efforts the day before, amazing! This Sunday he competes in the 40 ml Baines Road Race at Towcester, followed the next weekend with the Exmoor 45 mile Ultra Run, and the following week a 12 hour Running Race and Greg is really a Cyclists Its a tough sport, unlike some others.

Action shot of Tim Hastie, riding his first ever race for Team Jewson M.I. Racing climbing Sunrising Hill with just 4 miles to the finish in the Banbury Star Hilly Time Trial on Sunday.

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