Another great week for the Coventry based cycling team “Team Jewson—M.I.Racing—Polypipe—McCann”—never a week goes by without a victory for the team somewhere across the U.K. and last week was no exception.
The Mick Ives Youth Academy, formed 3 years ago, and now one of the most successful in the U.K. provided a brilliant 1st and 2nd in the highly contested Sheffield Circuit race for the best U.K. riders under 16 years.
Rider on form and recent British under 16 Track Omnium Champion, Josh Giddings, along with his team mates dominated the event with Josh out sprinting his team mate Jack Brough to the line.
Shortly afterwards both riders lined up for the 2nd and 3rd Cat Senior race, which involved a lot of crashes, which they both avoided, but Giddings was unfortunate to suffer a mechanical problem early on however Jack Brough made the front selection against much older and more experienced riders to finish a brilliant 9th.
Both riders will be part of the M.I.Youth Academy Team to contest an International 4 Day Youth Stage Race in Belgium next month.
It looks like Hinckley based Kirby Bennett has at last got rid of a virus that has curtailed his training and racing for much of the season when he was a clear winner of the Midland Friday Evening Mountain Bike event at Long Furlong near Daventry.
The tough circuit was just what Kirby needed to test his form and he stormed clear right from the start one of a few capable of riding up the steep ¼ mile climb finally putting 1 min 20 sec into the National Champion Pete Harris—a brilliant ride to win the 60+ race.
Brother-in-law Phil Stokes was also in fine form winning the 65+ race, Wellesbourne’s Tim Stowewas 3rd in the 60 + and Coventry’s Peter Busby 5th in the 50+ event – another good performance by the team.
There is no stopping Antony Wallis, the King of Hog Hill circuit in North London, unbeaten all season, Antony scored his 21st victory this year and his 14th for Team M.I.Racing having joined half way through the season.
In his latest race the 50 year old rider beat all the riders 10 years younger as well, attacking from the gun in pouring rain, making the very technical circuit very dangerous he soon opened up a gap along with 3 other riders all 40+ – soon there would be only Antony and a 40 yr old rider in front descending the steep hill at speeds of over 45 mph.
In the end, the other rider was no match for the 50 year old Team Jewson star, who won the up hill sprint by over 10 lengths. The King of Hog Hill, for sure.