Its been another brilliant week for Coventry based “Team Jewson–M.I.Racing–Polypipe–McCann” cycling team with victories around
The Teams “Mick Ives-Youth Academy” rider Josh Giddings scored a brilliant victory in the Otley ( Yorkshire ) town Criterium, part of one of the
biggest Town centre races in the U.K. Josh won the under 16 year race, run
over 30 mins at a very fast pace, against the U.K.’s leading Youth opposition, in front of a crowd of several thousand spectators.
Later in the programme young Will Beech riding for Team M.I. finished a brilliant 5th against much older riders in a race for 2nd/3rd and 4th Cat riders.
The Midland Circuit Championships were held during the week at Mallory Park, Leicestershire and two more championships were won by members of Team M.I.Racing. Mike Twelves broke clear with another rider in the early part of the race, for riders 50+, and attacked his rival on the final lap, coming home a clear winner and over 1 minute clear of the chasers.
Then 70 yr old Mick Allan, (who like Twelves had won the British Track
Championships the week before) added another Championship to his long list easily out sprinting his rivals for that Championship.
The Olympic Velodrome Circuit in London was the venue for the latest round of the “Le Col” circuit series and 50+ series leader Antony Wallis had to ride in the same race as those competing in the 40+ series, part of a huge field of over 80 riders, on a circuit more suited to half that number.
The event was always going to be a case of push and shove to keep in
position and Antony kept in the leading 10 throughout. Despite several
attacks, he was always brought back by the younger riders, and it turned
out to be an 80 up sprint finish, with riders all over the place, including
on the grass!
Antony even had part of his shoe ripped by a riders front wheel but he maintained his cool and was only beaten by one rider who was riding in the 40+ class, and so maintained his record of winning every round in the 50+ series – his 11th Road victory of the season.
Mountain bike rider Lindsay Newman continued her good form following a weeks training in the French Alps when she competed in the Mountain Mayham 24 hour team event. Lindsay was guest as part of the Leicester Team who finished 5th over all out of 41 teams and the first team with a lady member.
Wellesbourne’s mountain bike rider Tim Stowe won the latest round of the Friday Night Summer Series and followed it up with 6th place in the Midland series the following day and 4th place 60+ rider in the “Polypipe” Omlooop Classic Road/Offroad race the following morning.
Three other team members also competed in the “Polypipe” sponsored race at Flecknoe, Warwickshire. Phil Stokes won the 65+ race in fine style and
both Peter Busby (55+) and Lindsay Newman (50+) were 4th in their
group. The event was organised by Team M.I.Racing and sponsored by
“Polypipe” attracting riders from all over the U.K.
Last but not least an amazing performance by the teams enduro rider Greg Ashley who lives near Rugby.
Greg competed in the gruelling “Exmore Triple Crown” Triathlon consisting of a 10 km run on Saturday morning followed by an Olympic Triathlon on Saturday afternoon and a 1/2 Iron Man on Sunday morning.
The Swim was held in Wimbleball Lake 1,500m for the Olympic distance and 1,900m for the Iron Man. The bike was 28 miles for the Olympic and 56 miles for the Iron Man and the run was 10km for the Olympic and 20km for the Iron Man.
In the running race, cyclist Greg finished 13th fastest and 2nd fastest
veteran, BUT in the overall event he finished a brilliant 6th overall and 2nd veteran with a total time of 11hrs 53 mins then it was back to work the
following morning — Whew!