There was no let up with performances for Coventry’s only Elite Cycling Team Team Jewson M.I.Racing Polypipe McCann.
A few days before Christmas Phil Roach won the 55+ race at Allesley Stadium Wolverhampton in very muddy conditions. Roach is the current 55+ National Champion and Steve Knight finished 3rd in the 50+ race won by Kenilworth’s Midland Champion, Darren Atkins.
Phil Stokes finished 2nd behind the Midland Champion in the 65 + race, Kirby Bennett 3rd in the 60+ race and Peter Busby 5th in the 55+ race.
The 66th running of the Classic Boxing Day race on Kenilworth Common attracted a field of over 100 riders, coming from all over the U.K.
The race, which is for all riders over the age of 18, was won by Nottingham rider James Swadling He took the lead in the 50 minute race on the first climb of Common Lane and never looked like being caught, but the battle behind was fierce. 50 yr old Darren Atkins (Kenilworth) and 55 yr old Steve Knight (Team Jewson) finished a brilliant 4th and 5th. Knight working his way up through the high class field from a lowly 20th position at the end of the first lap. They finished 1st and 2nd best Veteran riders, Phil Roach finished 9th best rider overall and 1st over 55
Veteran Lindsay Newman kept the M.I.Race team to the fore by finishing 2nd in the Ladies Race.
A few days later Roach won the over 50 Leicester series race at Cattows Farm near Hinckley. Lindsay Newman finished 4th best Veteran and Jude Chamberlain finished 2nd in the under 16 race.
The following morning Roach was in action again at the LVRC National Championships at the Adventure Centre, Warwick where he won the 55 Championship for the 2nd time, and team mate Steve Knight easily won yet another National Championship for the team in the 50 + race.
Martin Hackley from Dunchurch finished 2nd in the 70 + championship.
Roach and Knight’s National titles means that the Team have won 27 National Cycling Championship during 2019. No other Team in the U.K. can boast that.
The Championship was organised by Team Jewson M.I.Racing for the 11th time in 12 yrs, and was sponsored by Polypipe and Vittoria Tyres.
2 of the teams riders missed competing over Christmas, suffering from colds but hope to be fit again for the British Cycling National Championships at Shrewsbury in less than 2 weeks time where the team will field 10 riders. The Team are the current Veteran Team Champions and Roach is the current 55+ Champion.