Hanneke van der Werf

Team Jewson’s Mountain Bike Endurance specialist Hanneke van der Werf, produced yet another brilliant ride at the weekend, when she won the most feared and arguably the hardest 12 hour race on the calendar, the “Torq in your sleep 1212” event.

The course was very technical and hard, but Hann raced away from the opposition right from the start, building up a big lead early in the day, despite attempts by her rivals to close the gap, at around the 6 hour point, Hann resisted strongly, went through a bad patch, and then in the last 3 hours pulled away to win by a massive margin.
This brilliant ride takes Hann into the MTB race series lead, with 1 more event left which looks like another Championship victory for the Coventry based Team JewsonM.I.Racing squad.

Team boss Mick Ives (Baginton) tried unsuccessfully to regain his British Veteran Time Trial Championship, held on the tough course nr Belvoir Castle. Ives who has won the Championship 6 times, lost the title last year, but this time had to contend with several more new veterans in his age group, and although he beat his local rival, Vince Jenkins (Rugby) one of the favourites Mick had to settle for 4th place.

In the Championship for riders 60 and over team mate Pete Smith finished 5th, his first time trial since April, due to a back injury.

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