Brilliant cycle race results from 17 year old Jack Fothergill, from Warwick, who was the star Junior at Sunday’s Cycling Time Trial National Closed Circuit Championships, held on the very exposed Thruxton Motor Race Circuit in Hampshire.
Jack who rides for “Team Jewson–M.I.Racing,” was competing against the U.K.’s fastest junior riders over the 11.7 mile event, many of them already International riders even though he still has another year left as a junior rider and must certainly be in with a brilliant chance of taking the title next season.
Jack completed the ride in 24 mins 13 secs, to average a staggering 28.988 m.p.h. made very difficult by the very strong cross wind, he was only 37 secs off the Bronze medal position.
It is his first season of Time Trials, due to the lack of Road Races, because of the Coronavirus – Warwick certainly has a Star of the future.
Locally “Team, Jewson–M.I.Racing” were in winning mode once more, this time it was the Solihull Hilly 25 mile Time Trial, for Veteran riders (40 yrs and over) on standard road machines, no aero equipment allowed.
The course started near Knowle, on the Birmingham to Warwick Road and turned at the small Island at the foot of Hatton Bank, before retracing to 5 Ways Island, left to Shrewley, and left to the top of Hatton Bank, completing 2 laps of this very undulating circuit, before retracing back to Knowle, a total of 25 miles.
Fastest rider overall was 55 year old Geoff Giddings riding for “Team Jewson–M.I.Racing” with a time of 1 hour 26 secs, with a winning margin of 42 secs, giving away 15 years to his 40 year old rival, from Luton -an amazing performance.
Geoff has recently come out of a 10 year retirement, and back in the 90’s held most of the time trial records for Coventry Olympic C.C. He is also a former National Cyclo Cross Champion, and International Track rider.
Geoff was backed up by Teammates Les Liddiard 64 years old in 5th place, with 1 -02-40 and Leamington’s 56 year old Mark Wise in 7th place with 1-3-28. The teams other rider from Leamington Dave Ashworth, in only his 2nd season as a Cyclist recorded 1-10-34.
Team Jewson–M.I.Racing–7 formation, easily won the Team Award. Next weekend will be another busy one for the local team of “Team Jewson–M.I.Racing” Jack Fothergill will compete in the CTT National Open Roads Circuit Championships near Cambridge, and will once again be one of the youngest riders in the Junior class.
At the other end of the scale, the Team has entered Veteran riders, Giddings–Liddiard–Wise–O’Connor and Moore to challenge for the British Masters Cycle Race National Time Trial Championships over a very undulating 21 mile course near Newbury, Berks – no other local riders are entered.