Coventry based Cycling Team, Team Jewson M.I.Racing Thule, were once again in dominating form at the weekend, with Team Boss Mick Ives (Baginton) finishing 2nd in the 70+ Rd 6 of the Percy Stallard National Road Race series at Scarborough, making him the Overall Winner of the 2013 series even with 1 more event to go. There are 7 events spread all over the U.K. in the series, and riders gain points for top 6 placings, and 5 best events count towards the overall series, Ives has so many points in 5 events, that he can not be beaten. It is the 5th time Mick has won the season long National competition in past 6 yrs.
In Sundays race, team mate and former Professional Derrick Woodings finished 3rd,and won a special Hill Climb award, gaining enough points to move him into 2nd place, early leader of the series Bob Richards (Solihull) winner of the recent Circuit Championships, got dropped on the main climb, and could only finish 5th
In the race for riders 45-49yrs Warwicks Jon Stevenson, finished 5th and is now assured 2nd place in the series, he has won for past 3 seasons, team mate Mike Twelves (Hinckley) got the better of John in the uphill sprint and now moves into 3rd place overall. In the race for riders 60-64 yrs John French finished a close 2nd despite riding with a damaged wrist, from an accident at work, with the final race in the series next week at Huntingdon, John now has an outside chance of winning his championship.
It was a very busy weekend for Ives, the former Multi World Cycling Champion, was a special guest a the 50th anniversary, of the Moulton Cycle and as he was very much involved with the design and testing of the early models, working as a Design Draughtsman at Dunlop Rim and Wheel in Coventry, and the in 1963 was the first rider to compete on a Moulton on the Track, riding the International 4, 000m Individual Pursuit at the Whitsun International meeting on the Butts Track at Coventry, where he finished 3rd behind the British Champion and the South African Champion,and later in the meeting led Coventry Cycling Club team to victory in the 4,000 Team Pursuitthis was the only time that the Moulton Cycle was seen in competition on the Track, as the World Cycling federation, later banned there use in this form of competition.
Dr Alex Moulton, now 93 yrs of age was present for the occasion
On Saturday Mick gave a light hearted speech to hundreds of Moulton fans at Bradford on Avon, Wilts, many having travelled from abroad, some as far as China and Japanand was later presented with a momento showing him in action on the track riding his Moulton Cyclethe Original Cycle that Mick used for those historic events, was on display at the event,
Mick would like to appeal to anyone who has Photos or Film of the Moulton Cycle in action at the historic Track Meeting in 1963, to get in touch, as they are trying to collect as much material about the event as possible.
It was then a long drive up to Scarborough that evening, ready to compete the following morning such is the life of a racing cyclist.