Members of the “ Mick Ives Youth Academy” were in the thick of the action at the British Cycling Club Youth Team Track Championships at Herne Hill Velodrome in London.

Josh Giddings and Jack Brough were selected to represent East Midlands, the Academy’s two strongest riders, so it was decided to field a squad of under 16’s: Rory Knowles, Ed Hopkins and Callum Twelves + Under 14 rider Josh Jackson. This gave them an opportunity to benefit from the competition and experience racing against the over 16 riders.

It proved a success with Knowles finishing 4th in the match sprint—Twelves was 6th in the Individual Pursuit, which was won by Josh Giddings. This put the young squad in 4th place. Later they finished   5th in the Team Pursuit.

The youngsters were the youngest team in the competition by a long way, and to finish in top 5 against the U.K’s best Youth Squads which bodes well for the future. The Championship was won by the East Midlands Team including Giddings and Brough from Team M.I.Racing.

Top Road and Track rider Mike Twelves had to miss racing this week due to a heavy crash during Team Pursuit training on the Derby Velodrome but hopes to be back in action very soon.

Because there are no Facilities in Coventry, like we had pre-mid 80’s all the Youth riders have to do their Racing at venues like Mallory Park, in Leicestershire,  Derby Velodrome, and other places around the U.K

The Midland Friday Evening Summer Mountain Bike series continued with the latest event at Wadenhoe Church, Peterborough, and once again it was success in the Lady Veteran race for  “Team Jewson—M.I.Racing—Polypipe—McCann“ star Lindsay Newman. She has now won ALL 6 rounds of the series and is assured of the Championship once again!

Lindsay is currently away training in the French Alps and will return to compete in the “Omloop van der Drie Dorpen“ Road and Offroad Race held on Sunday 7th July at Flecknoe (between Southam and Daventry) The event Organised by Team M.I.Racing and Sponsored by “Polypipe” and “Ride Coventry “is unique as it has 30% of the course Offroad.

The event has attracted a full field of 80 riders from all over the U.K.—further details from

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