A fantastic performance by Team Jewson–M.I.Racing–Polypipe’s Lady member – 28 year old Ali Moult, winning the European Duathlon Championships at Alcobendas in Spain.
Not only was the event held in terrible weather with thunderstorms and hail; it was also very technical and very hilly pushing competitors to their limit. The race saw many crashes and broken bones but fortunately Ali’s brilliant bike skills saw that she stayed up right on the cycle section and after an early scrap with the leading Spanish competitor, came home a clear winner some 2 minutes ahead of the next finisher.
The event consisted of a 10K Run–40K Ride and 5K Run. This victory, the biggest of her career, comes just a few weeks after she had won the British Championships.
The Team has now won 2 UCI World Masters Championships, 5 British Championships and 1 European Championship since January 1st this year. NO OTHER Team in the U.K. can boast that sort of record.
The Teams other Lady Riders were also in good form over the Holiday weekend. Veteran rider Stephanie Peters finished 10th fastest Lady out of a field of 70 riders in the Dianne Cooke Memorial 10 mile Time Trial at Wolvey. This event was also held in terribly hard conditions due to strong winds, yet Stephanie recorded a personal best time on the popular course of 26 mins 01 secs .
Team mate Wendy Kerby, who has only been back on her bike 5 weeks following an accident with a van that put her in Hospital, recorded 31-16. In the Men’s event 55 year old Pete Smith recorded 23 mins 36 secs, and Russell Green 25-15.
The Teams leading Time Trialist this season 22 year old Jonathan Wears from Shipston on Stourport kept the Teams colours to the fore in Roundd 4 of the British National Time Trial series, a 31 mile event at Keswick.
Jonathan was 10th fastest overall against the U.K.’s leading riders and 2nd fastest Under 23 year Cat rider with a time of 1 hour 11 mins.
Nuneaton’s Lindsey Nell rode brilliantly to finish 5th in the Nottingham G.P. Road Race – she now moves up to a 3rd Cat Lady Rider.
Warwick’s top Racing Cyclist Jon Stevenson was in action for the first time for several weeks when he competed in the very tough “ Tour of the Abberleys” 3 Day Road Race, held on the Worcestershire/Herefordshire borders. Stevenson finished 5th fastest in the Time Trial on Stage 1–4th on Stage 2 and 4th on Stage 3.
There was also more success for the Team Trike specialist Gary Guntrip as he finished 5th fastest in Round 4 of the National series–the Middlesex R.C.10 mile event and is now lying 2nd overall in the Series.