Team Jewson–M.I.Racing–Polypipe–McCann–7 formation cycling team were in the thick of the action through the weekend with a string of success’s Kenilworth member Darren Atkins bounced back with the winning formula to win the Solihull Cyclo Cross race held near Fillongley, Warks,.

Following a race long battle with last weeks Midland series winner when Atkins was relegated to 3rd spot but the M.I.Racer was in blistering form breaking away from the start at an incredible pace with the Chester R.C. rider the only one able to stay in touch. These two rode further and further clear of the oposition and in the closing stages, Atkins produced the killer blow, which his rival had no answer to, clocking up his 4th victory of the season in 6 rides.

Once again team mate Steve Knight after a very slow start worked his way up to finish in 3rd place. Team Mate Brian Tear continued to improve with a fine 9th. In the Over 60 race Kirby Bennet finished 2nd behind former Professional Chris Whreggett and Wellesborne’s Tim Stowe 9th.

At Campbell Park, Milton Keynes Junior team member Jude Chamberlain finished a close 2nd, after having a mechanical problem in the closing stages requiring a bike change, never to regain the lead again and at Milton Park, near Cambridge Ex Derby winning Jockey Ray Cochrane continued to make progress in his new sport with a brilliant 4th place in the Veteran event.

In the final BMCR Road Race of the season, part of the Percy Stallard series, a National series for Veteran riders, which was created by Coventry rider Mick Ives several decades ago. Mick Allen won the 70+ race at the very cold, wet and very windy Darley Moore circuit near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, but because he had missed other rounds in the series, only managed to finish 2nd overall. In the race for other veterans Rob O’Connor finished 5th and Jeff Baird 6th.

Across in France 2 former members of the “Mick Ives” Youth Academy were riding in the Great Britain Junior team in the Junior Paris-Robauix classic which contained cobbled farm tracks built several hundreds of years ago,  and covered in mud and water. Josh Giddings finished 12th and Jack Brough 15th.

Results from the M.I.Race Team Hill Climb Champs held on Burton Dassett and Edge Hill resulted in a win for the oldest rider Rugby based Rob O’Connor with an overall time for both climbs of 5 mins 54.6 secs he also won the 60+ award, and now holds the Mt Etna Trophy. Fastest 50+ was Mark Wise 6 mins 12.1. Fastest Lady Diddi Egerton Warbuton 7 mins 36 and fastest Juvenile Jefferson Tear (13 yrs old ) 6 mins 42.8 (actually 4th fastest )

The Road season for 2021 has now closed locally, but Sunday rides of around 40 mile inc a brief Cafe stop are still being organised by Coventry Olympic Group Sportive ( C.O.G.S.) the none racing section of M.I.Racing and they leave the Baginton Oak Pub on Sunday mornings at 8-30am – all are welcome.

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