Coventry has found a new sporting star in 19 year old Tom Payne from Finham, Coventry.
Tom who competes for the Coventry Elite Cycling Team—“Team Jewson—M.I.Racing”—and works full time as a self employed tree surgeon, started competing in duathlon events this season – to date he has competed in 15 events, finishing second on 12 occasions. But on Sunday he gained his first overall victory, by winning the “Cotswold Durathlon“ over a course of 5 km run, 20km cycle and 5km run beating a massive field of 500 competitors.
Team Boss, Mick Ives, said, “Tom is incredibly fast on the bike and has made vast improvements with his running and I expect, this very popular team member to go a long way in his chosen discipline.”
As a result of his earlier outstanding performances, Tom has also gained entry to the European Championships next season.
The Team, now has 2 very successful Triathlon/Duathlon members, the other being Greg Ashley, the Ultra Triathlete from Braunston, who has been nominated for Daventry Sportsman of 2019.
The Team’s Cyclo Cross stars were in action at three different venues around the U.K. at the weekend.
15 year old Josh Jackson a member of the “Mick Ives” Youth Academy, finished a brilliant 3rd at Round 2 of the National Cyclo Cross Trophy series in Cumbria, his best performance to date!
On Sunday the “Peter Pan” of Cyclo Cross, Multi British Champion, Steve Knight, finished 2nd to his younger rival and winner, Darren Atkins in Round 3 of the Midland series at Henley in Arden, Warwickshire. The all grass circuit was made very muddy by overnight rain which made riding conditions very tough.
Team mates Kirby Bennett finished 2nd in the over 60 race, riding a cycle with a single speed pushing the National Champion into 3rd spot, his brother in law Phil Stokes finished 3rd in the over 65 race and Martin Hackley finished 2nd in the 70+ race.
At Prologis Park in Kettering, Lindsay Newman, finished 2nd Veteran in Round 4 of the Central Series.
Tim Stowe from Wellesbourne, is expected to be out of action for some time, as he has to have a replacement knee fitted.
Martin Hackley regained the Freewheeling Championship, on Saturday, with a record breaking distance, with 2018 champion Alan Buxcey some 100m behind in 2nd place. The Trophy will be awarded at the forthcoming Dinner and Awards Evening on Friday 1st November at Dunchurch Park Hotel.