9 victories at 8 different venues around the U.K. is a fantastic achievement by any standards and that’s what Coventry Cycle Race Team “Team Jewson—M.I.Racing—Polypipe—McCann” achieved in the past 5 days!
Star of the results has to be 55 year old former professional rider Mike Twelves who lives at Stapleton, near Hinckley.
On Saturday, Mike along with his team mate and current World Record holder for the veterans 2,000m individual pursuit Richard Oakes, won the L.V.R.C. National Madison Championships at the Derby Velodrome in classic fashion winning every one of the 6 sprints. It was only 15 mintes before the race that they decided to compete following an injury to Richard Oakes wrist, which meant different tactics when throwing their partner back into the race. Team mate Rob Muzio partnered by Mark Wiffen finished in 3rd place.
A few days earlier Twelves had won all three of the races in the Derby Track League, with Rob Muzio claiming 2 seconds and 1 third.
Then just a few hours after his Saturday evening victory, Twelves competed in the 60 mile T.L.I. National Road Race at Audlem, Cheshire, winning the sprint finish by a clear margin to claim his 6th British Cycling Championship plus 3 seconds this season – an amazing achievement! Well done, Mike! Team mate John Stevenson finished in 4th place.
Not to be outdone, 15 year old Callum Twelves, competed in the 3rd/4th Cat Circuit race for senior riders at Darley Moor near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Riding the restricted youth gearing, he showed the benefit of recent continental racing with the “Mick Ives Youth Academy” Callum rode clear for the field for 2 laps and finally finish a brilliant 5th.
Fellow Academy rider, Jamie Kennerson, also back from racing in Belgium, won the overall under 16 years series at Mallory Park, Leicestershire, also leading the Academy team into 2nd place overall.
The Cyclo Cross season kicked off in brilliant fashion for the M.I.Race Team!
Multi British Champion Steve Knight won round 1 of the Midland series at Shrewsbury by 50 secs from his old rival, Darren Atkins from Coventry. Knight is the current champion of the series which he has won more times than any other rider.
Team Mate Mark James, the Midland Champion, won the first round of the Western League at Gloucester, despite having to stop several times to make adjustments to his machine.
James and Knight along with Phil Roach are the British over 50 Team Champions.
Finally, Leamington based 53 year old Mark Wise, is making up for lost time—he was side lined for 3 months with a knee injury but is now back with vengeance!
Last week he won the Veterans standard in the Banbury Star 10 mile race, he improved his time by 1 minute in the Leamington 10 mile race the following morning.
This weekend, on Saturday Mark recorded his fastest ever 10 mile time trial with a time of 20 mins 45 secs in the Ucknield event near Aylesbury, Bucks —finishing 8th fastest out of 120 riders and 1st on Veteran Standard.