Coventry’s Elite Cycle Race Team Team Jewson M.I.Racing Polypipe McCann are Champions once more.
At the British Cycling National Cyclo Cross Championships at Shrewsbury on Saturday the Team completed a hat trick of championship victories.
Dominating the over 50 National Championship once more with Team victory for the 3rd year in a row. This was led by Midland series Champion 54 year old Steve Knight in 7th place, team mate 58 year old Phil Roach in 8th and 50 year old Brian Tear in 32nd position out of a field of 110 riders.
Tear who had only ridden 2 races this season after retiring from the sport 8 years ago was gridded at the very back of the field. But he worked his way through and had a terrific battle with team mate Peter Busby, who had a gridding position half way through the pack.
Busby finished a few places behind Tear and would have made the winning team had Tear not overtaken him!
Phil Roach, former World Champion, also retained his National Championship for riders 55 and over for the 3rd year in a row. He was also awarded the honour of being the fastest starter over the weekend racing.
Mean while Kirby Bennett, just missed out in a very close fought battle for the 60+ Championship, finishing 2nd once again, while Martin van Hackley achieved his best result of the season with the Bronze Medal in the 70+ race.
Former Jewson rider Darren Atkins (50) from Kenilworth finished 2nd to Professional Nick Craig, in the overall positions.
Atkins, has had a fantastic season finishing 3rd in the European Champs, 5th in the World Champs, Midland Champion and now 2nd in British Champs!
In the under 14 Youth National Championship Josh Jackson riding his last race for the team finished a brilliant 5th and Jude Chamberlain was a very creditable 11th in the under 16 Youth Championship.
The course was very muddy and very tough, made difficult with adverse camber sections and a huge purpose built bridge built half way round the circuit. At times the wind was up to gale force but this did not put people off since the event was attended by over 10,000 people and was the final major race of the season.
M.I.Racing Team Boss, and 8 times World Masters Champion, Mick Ives, was asked to present the Championship Awards in the 60+ race.