CYCLING: Another incredible weekend for Roach

Phil Roach  (picture by Simon Riley)
Phil Roach (picture by Simon Riley)

Two more victories for veteran rider

It was an amazing weekend of cycling success by Team Jewson-MI Racing-Polypipe.

World Masters Cyclo Cross Champion Phil Roach, a Rugby member of the Coventry-based squad was in world class form once again, over the whole weekend.

On Saturday afternoon he not only won the 50+ event in the Notts and Derby series at Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham - but he beat all of the 40+ riders as well, something that has never happened before.

Then just a few hours later, he lined up for the League of Veteran Racing National Cyclo Cross Championships at Misterton Hall, near Lutterworth. Starting half a minute behind the 40-44 year-old riders, he set off at an amazing pace, and was soon leading the 50-minute race.

Roach continued to set an amazing pace, riding sections of the course that others could not. There was only one rider capable of offering any sort of challenge and that was from his team mate and former British Senior and Veteran Champion Steve Knight. But even the experienced and very talented Knight had to give second best to his older team mate, who forged out a lead of over one minute by the time he crossed the finish line, feeling no effects from the day before’s race.

Roach led a sweep of the Championship Awards for Team Jewson. Steve Knight won the 45-49 Championship, Phil Blacker won the 40-44 Championship, and he is the 2014/5 Midland Series Champion as well.

Current World Masters Champion Mick Ives won the 75-79 Championship, his 83rd British Cycling Championship, over a period of 57 years racing, non-stop summer and winter. A National Record.

Wellesbourne based Tim Stowe finished second in the 60-64 Championships and Marton’s Barrie Mitchell finished 5th in the 65-69 Championship, with team mate John Gabriel (Nuneaton) 6th.

It was a brilliant way to finish the 2014/5 cyclo cross season.

For Ives it was also a busy weekend. On Saturday evening he attended the British Cycling Time Trials National Dinner and Awards Evening at Heythrop Park Hotel, Enstone, Oxfordshire, where he was presented with his Championship Awards for winning both the Circuit Time Trial Championship and the Closed Circuit Championship. The presentations were made by Tour de France multi stage winner Dave Miller.

In just the space of 18 days Team Jewson have won two UCI World Masters Championships, four British Veteran Championships, one second and one third.