Another 4 for Jewson and Co
Team Jewson–M.I.Racing–Polypipe–McCann–7formation, the Coventry based Cycle Race Team, continued to dominate the Midland Cyclo Cross series, with another outstanding performance by their number one rider, Kenilworth’s Darren Atkins.
Atkins leads by example, and is fast becoming one of the U.K.’s top riders. On Sunday he led from start to finish in the latest round of the Midland series held at Newport, Shropshire. Darren was chased early on by a rider from Team Rotor who soon found the pace too hot and dropped back through the field and it was Atkins Team mate and former British Champion Steve Knight who set about chasing the leader, but try as he could, Atkins still increased his lead and came home a clear winner with Knight in 2nd place.
Coventry member Pete Busby, fresh from a weeks training in Spain, finished in 10th place and 1st over 55 rider, but it was a bad day for team mate Brian Tear, who finished well down the field with no excuses.
More success was to follow when Karren Summers easily won the Lady Veteran race, her second victory in 2 weeks, but one of the best rides of the day came from 13yr old Jefferson Tear, in the Under 14 yrs race, when he climbed onto the Podium for the first time this season finishing a brilliant 2nd.
The Team had success in Leicestershire as well. Top Junior rider Jude Chamberlain, won once again this time at the Welland Valley promotion at Misterton Hall, near Lutterworth well clear of his rivals and 4th overall in the combined Senior /Junior race despite a fall half way through the event.
In the Veteran race Kirby Bennett, back from injury, rode a steady race to finish in 5th place and further down the field Harvey Naylor, racing for the first time for over 3 years, due to injuries, was pleased with his performance.
In the Veteran over 60yrs event as part of the Eastern Series, former Jockey Ray Cochrane, finished in 4th place. Ray was knocked off his machine at the start, and was left in last place, but fought his way back through the field to just miss out on a Podium place.
Next weekend, Atkins, Knight and Karren Summers will miss the Midland series in preference to a hard weekends training ready for the bigger events coming up!