Coventry based Team Jewson, have won their 25th British Cycling Championship since January 2011, a fantastic achievement by any standard. The latest Championship was won by rider “in form”, former British International rider, Mike Twelves (Hinckley).
Mike, who took up the sport again at the end of last season following a 23 yr break, has had 4 victories this year. Last week winning the final round of the “Percy Stallard” National series road race, over 56 miles, and now this weekend winning the LVRC National Circuit Championships for riders 45 and over-at the new purpose built circuit at Rhyl, N.Wales, the victory was even more sweet, as he beat all of the 40 to 44 yr old Cat A riders in the process.
Mike attacked early on during the tight and tricky circuit and was later joined by 3 other riders including team mate Jon Stevenson (Warwick) and they quickly established a winning margin over the rest of the field. With just a few laps to go Stevenson crashed badly on one of the very tight corners and broke his collar bone but Twelves managed to out sprint the other 3 riders in a tight finish to claim his first National Championship Title Jersey and Medal. Team mate Paul Wain led in the chasers to claim 4th place, a brilliant result for the Team Jewson M.I.Racing but not so lucky for Stevenson, who was due to compete in Italy in a few weeks time.
More success for the Team, with a 1, 2, 3 in the Midland Cyclo Cross Veterans race at Shrewsbury. For the second week in succession, Team Jewson—M.I.Racing have provided the first 3 riders in the Veteran race for riders 40- 49yrs. Kenilworths top rider –Darren Atkins, –Silver medallist in last seasons National Championships , was in brilliant form, racing over the fast and tricky circuit, closely followed by Multi National Champion, Steve Knight in 2nd place, and World Mt Bike Fireman Champion, Phil Blacker in 3rd place to repeat last weeks result, needless to say the 3 riders lead the season long Midland Series.
Darren Atkins who lives in Kenilworth and runs his own Lightweight Cycle business—“ RIDE “ in Coventry , is the son of Britains -greatest ever Cyclo Cross rider, John Atkins, who won 13 National Championships during the 60’s and 70’s.
In the Veterans race for riders 50 and over Tm Stowe (Wellesbourne) finished 4th , and Junior rider –Michael Riley riding only his 2nd race finished a brilliant 2nd.