CYCLING: Hackley is series champion

Martin Hackley
Martin Hackley

Families invited to join Sunday’s charity rides

Martin Hackley, a Dunchurch member of Team Jewson-MI Racing-Polypipe cycling squad, rounded off his 2016 road season by winning the final round of the LVRC over 65 National Series, at the Hog Hill Race Circuit in North London against competition from all over the UK.

Martin won the first round of the series at Towcester in March and has led the series from start to finish, bringing yet another championship back to the team.

A few days earlier he had finished second in the Milton Keynes circuit race.

Friday Evening saw the team promote their fifth open event of the season when Peter Busby organised the final round of the Midland Friday Evening Mountain Bike Summer series.

The event was a huge success, with over 100 riders taking part, the venue being the Adventure Centre at Budbrooke near Warwick.

Team Jewson were in the thick of the action, with Phil Stokes from Hinckley, the current British Champion, winning the 65+ race.

Phil’s brother-in-law Kirby Bennett, the British 55+ National Champion, also from Hinckley, finished in 2nd place in the 55+, with World Masters Cyclo Cross Champion Rugby’s Phil Roach finishing 3rd, with team mate and event organiser Peter Busby from Coventry 4th in the 50+ race.

On Saturday team members competed in the Coventry Cycling Club Open 10 mile time trial, held near Dunchurch.

Fastest team member was 53-year-old Russell Green in a time of 22 mins 31 secs. New signing Mark Wise (51) from Radford Semele recorded a time of 22 mins 49 secs, followed by 69-year-old Barrie Mitchell from Marton, with 23-47 and 77-year old Mick Ives of Baginton with 26 mins 40 secs.

Returning from injury, Pete Smith finished second in a circuit race at Milton Keynes Bowl, during the week, and fifth fastest and second fastest Veteran in the Aylesbury 10-mile time trial on Saturday.

There are big cycling events this Sunday with Coventry Olympic Group Sportive’s three distance rides, starting and finishing at the Baginton Oak Public House.

The 106km Epic Ride starts at 8am. Entry fee £15. The 50km Challenge Ride begins at 8.30am, also with a £15 entry and the Family Ride of 20km starts at 9am, with a entry fee £10 or £25 for a family. Entries via www.cogs-sportives.co.uk. Entry on the day is £5 extra.

The rides will be raising much need funding for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, Myton Hospice and Baginton Lions Junior Football Team.

Marshalls, drink station, signage and routes provided. Mechanical check at the start provided by Bikewrench.

Coventry Olympic Group Sportive (COGS) is the non-racing section Team MI Racing and they hold rides every Sundaay morning, leaving Baginton Oak Pub at 8.30am and Thursday evening rides leaving at 6.30pm. Further details from Ian Robinson, ian.robinson@county.uk.net.