Team Jewson win 2 more British Championships!
Coventry’s “Team Jewson—M.I.Racing—Polypipe—McCann” cycling team added two more National titles to their ever increasing list at the weekend.
In form 48 year old Ian Cooper ( “Coop’s” ) a Train Driver by profession, ex international and member of G.B. Team Pursuit squad, Ian won the T.L.I. National Circuit Championship at Oulton Park, Cheshire. It was his 3rd Road victory in space of 8 days. “ Coops “ is a member of the teams Team Pursuit squad who are preparing to attack the U.C.I. World Record for Veterans later in the season.
Just a few days earlier, “Coops” demonstrated his form when winning the Circuit Race at Mallory Park, Leicestershire.
Also at Oulton Park success for “Mick Ives Youth Academy” rider Kieran Smith. Kieran won the Junior Championship, his first ever National title.
Team mate Rory Knowles finished 2nd in the under 16 years Championship, and 12 year old Josh Jackson finished 4th in the under 14 years Championship. Clearly the professional coaching and advice they are receiving is paying off!
Also competing on the road and a member of the Team Pursuit squad—50 year old Antony Wallace completed a treble. Racing in the C.C. Londres Event series at Hog Hill, Antony attacked on lap 3 with 2 other riders but by the time they had climbed the very steep climb he was on his own (the circuit is just under 1 mile in length, but has a very steep climb and a technical descent.) He then soloed to the finish, 1½ laps ahead of a chasing group of 4 rides and 2 laps ahead of the main field—an astonishing performance by any standards.
A few days later Antony was back in action, this time in round 4 of the “Le Col-Arcadian” R.R. series, held at Dunsfield Airfield and organised by Farnborough and Camberley Wh. (the venue for Top Gear).
60 riders contested the 40 mile event and as he has won all 3 of the earlier rounds Antony was a heavily marked rider. After only 6 miles, he forced a break with 3 other riders averaging over 26 m.p.h. but never gaining more than 25 secs lead. After 1 hour and 10 minutes the lead grew to around 1 minute, over the chasers, with just 5 miles to go Antony attacked and stayed clear from the chasers by 30 secs and over 3 mins ahead of the main field. His 5th road race victory in 5 rides—Antony is also a member of the team’s Team Pursuit squad.
Then a few days late Antony competed in round 5 of the “Le Col—Arcadian” series—this time at Chailey, near Brighton. 45 miles –5 ½ laps on a very hilly circuit.
Antony attacked after only ½ lap and broke clear, but was soon chased down by the main field, as series leader (he has won all 4 earlier rounds) he was clearly a heavily marked man. The process continued through out the race, he would break clear, get chased down and no one willing or even capable of sharing the work load. At one stage Antony was producing 523 watts for 2 mins on one of the climbs followed by 366 for next 10 mins, but the main field kept getting him back. This was, until the final lap and the elastic snapped and he gained a lead of 40 seconds with 5 miles to go.
Despite all his efforts during the race Antony held on to secure yet another victory, be it only 8 seconds at the finish. It’s now back to the track and some hard team pursuit training.
The teams Mountain Bike riders were once again in winning form.
In Round 3 of the Friday Evening Summer series at Carlton Country Park, near Peterborough it was victory for Lady Veteran rider Lindsay Newman, who finished over 2 mins clear of her rivals and 2nd fastest Lady overall. Lindsay has now won all 3 of the series races and lead overall.
Kirby Bennett got back to winning ways when he won the over 60 years event at the same meeting with team mate Phil Stokes in 2nd place.
Lindsay Newman followed up her Friday Evening victory with Victory in Round 2 of the Midland Mountain Bike series held at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire. Once again she leads the overall series.
During the week Lindsay swapped her mountain bike for her standard Road Bike and won the 10 mile “Levellers” Time Trial at Gilmorton, Leicestershire fastest Lady rider overall. Lindsay won the event last year as well.
9 Victories in 3 different disciplines in events across the U.K., amazing performances by Team Jewson—M.I.Racing—Polypipe—McCann.
No other U.K.Team can match those performances.
Entries have now closed for the “ Polypipe”—Omloop Road/Offroad event on Sunday 7th July –organised by Team M.I.Racing—with a maximum field of 80 riders coming from all over the U.K. the event is based at Flecknoe, between Daventry and Southam.