CYCLING: 2015 launch for Mick Ives’ team

The team launch on Saturday   (picture by Simon Riley)

The team launch on Saturday (picture by Simon Riley)

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World champion Phil Roach ends cyclo-cross season in style

The 2015 launch for Team Jewson-MI Racing-Polypipe elite cycle race team took place on Saturday morning, at the head office of the team’s main sponsor Jewson.

A selection of the team were present, mostly coming from the Midland area..

Coventry businessman Doug Squires along withteam boss Mick Ives, introduced the team members to the sponsors, guests and media.

Ives introduced five new team members for 2015, including the very talented Ross Horn from Leamington Spa. Horn will race in Road Races with the aim of obtaining his 1st Cat Licence in the next few events. He will be greatly assisted in his training/advice and preparation by two of the team’s ex professional riders, current World Masters Champion Mick Ives (Baginton) and British Champion Mike Twelves (Hinckley). Other new riders are Ian Hughes (Hinckley), Richard Allcock (Worcestershire) and Kyle Abrahams, currently training and racing in South Africa and Ian Cooper training in Spain.

Ives also announced the addition of three new team sponsors, two from the UK and one from Denmark.

The Team has already won two UCI World Masters Championships, four British Championships and 11 events since January 1 this season.

Ives also announced that the team now has a non-competitive section for riders wishing to participate in challenge/ Sportive/ Charity rides, without racing. The group will be called Coventry Olympic Group Sportive (COGS)

Details available on coventryolympicgs@hotmail.com.

World Champion Phil Roach from Rugby brought his cyclo-cross season to an end by winning the Tetbury Cyclo Cross in Gloucestershire in style. The 52-year-old not only won his age group (50+) but beat all of the 40+ riders and lapped every one except the rider who finished second, such was his performance.

Phil started his cyclo cross season in October by winning his first race and he finished his season the same way. In between he won the UCI World Championships, the LVRC National Championships and the Welsh Championships. Out of the 25 races he competed in, he won 14 had 4 seconds, 6 thirds and 1 fourth. What an amazing season! Team Boss Mick Ives said: “I have every confidence that Phil will go even better next season and I will be giving him every support I can from the team. He is such an inspiration to the younger riders and a great ambassador for the sport. A true Professional, and to think he didn’t start racing until he was 40.”

The first local time trial of the season is the Banbury Star Hilly event on March 1 and the team has entered seven riders, including two lady members. The event is extremely tough as it includes the climb and descent of Sunrising Hill on the Stratford to Banbury road.