CYCLING: Amazing season for school deputy head

Cycling champion Craig McKee at Rugby RCC's presentation evening
Cycling champion Craig McKee at Rugby RCC's presentation evening

McKee wins every club award possible

It’s been an amazing 2016 for Rugby Racing Cycling Club’s Craig McKee. His season was celebrated at the club’s presentation evening last weekend, sweeping the board by winning every award for which he was eligible.

Craig McKee in action

Craig McKee in action

In his day job he is the deputy head of Hillmorton Junior School, while outside school he can justifiably claim to be one of Rugby’s most successful cyclists.

Over the evening time trial season he scored maximum points in 18 events, taking the awards for the best rider at 10 and 25 miles in the process. Competing in open events he set new club records of 19mins 10secs for 10 miles, 49mins 44secs at 25 miles and 1hr 48mins 51secs at 50 miles.

In the annual club hill climb held on the 1-in-5 900m Newnham Hill he lowered the club record to 2mins 8secs.

Club Chairman Peter Wright presented the awards and, for the second successive season, himself won the prize for the best Veteran based on age-related standard times over 10 and 25 mile distances. He remarked that he was fortunate that Craig, being under 40 years of age, was not eligible for the award.

The equivalent award in the women’s category went to Caroline Read, in only her second season of competing, while Ben Robson, having made consistent improvement throughout his first season won the trophy for the best performances on handicap. For the second successive season Ben Atkinson won the award for the best junior rider.