Coventry based “Team Jewson–M.I.Racing–Polypipe–McCann–7 formation”, cycling team, were in cracking form over the weekend.

It all started at Holme Point, in Nottinghamshire, on Saturday, as part of the Notts and Derby  Cyclo Cross series, where former 60+ National Champion, Kirby Bennett showed that he is  back to his best following injuries and illness, finishing in 2nd in the 60+ race. Having led for 5 of the 7 lap race, he looked assured of victory, until a lapped rider, caused him to crash and let eventual winner Pete Harris into the lead, never to be caught.

In the Junior Race, Jude Chamberlain continued to impress, when starting at the rear of the field, because he does not normally contest this series, he worked his way through to 2nd place and had the race been another lap longer, could have easily have taken victory, but nevertheless a brilliant ride by the youngster. 

In the over 50’s race Coventry’s Peter Busby finished in 28th position again having to start at the rear of the grid. But it was on Sunday at the Central League series held in Corby, Northants, that the team really shone.

Midlands Champion Darren Atkins, once again having to start towards the rear of the large group was soon leading the whole race for riders 50 and over, the course had long stretches of very technical riding with very steep descents and very steep inclines in the wooded part of the course, and this played into the Kenilworth riders hands, as his bike handling skills soon gave him a commanding lead over his rivals, which increased on every lap, resulting in his 7th victory of the season.

In the same event former World Champion, 59 year old Phil Roach, short of recent competition, showed he is getting back to his very best when he finished in 6th place and 1st over 55 rider again working his way through the large pack.

Coventry’s Pete Busby finished 14th and former Champion Jockey Ray Cochrane continued to improve with a fine 5th place in the over 60’s competition.

More success for the team when Junior star Jude Chamberlain set a terrific pace in the Junior race and was never to be caught. Once again bike handling skills played a big part on this very technical course, this was also Jude’s 7th victory of the season.

Team Boss, Mick Ives, was at Corby to witness the performances of his riders and summed it up in 1 word, “Awesome.”

Next weekend both Roach and Chamberlain will travel to Sunderland to compete in Round 4 of the National Cyclo Cross series, and it will be a big test to see how they fare against the U.K’s top riders.

Down in South Wales Super Veteran Mick Allen, completed his race season in brilliant style by winning the British Cycling National 2 km Individual Pursuit Championship on the Newport Velodrome. This was Allen’s 3rd National Championship of the season, which included 16 Age Related victories in Time Trials and setting of 2 National records.

4 Victories, 2 Seconds, 1 Fourth and 1 Fifth, participating at 3 different venues in the U.K. – excellent results for the Coventry Team.

Friday Evening saw the Team hold their Team Dinner and Awards Evening at the Citrus Hotel, Ryton on Dunsmore. 50 Dinners attended, with Chief Guest John Atkins, 13 times National Cyclo Cross Champion and father of Darren Atkins. 3 Very Special Life Membership Awards were made and presented by Team President Mr Peter Hindle M.B.E. to Barrie Mitchell, Phil Roach and Derrick Woodings.

Other Awards were made to Craig McKee, Jude Chamberlain, Mark Wise, Rob O’Connor, Dave Ashworth, Mick Allen and Jefferson Tear – Team Owner Mick Ives was presented with 2 very special surprise awards , from Team Members, to say thank you for the support he has given to riders, over many decades, leaving Mick speech less for once.

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