SEVENTY-three year-old Team Jewson M.I.Racing—Thule team Boss Mick Ives (Baginton) overcame major knee problems that have lasted for past two weeks, to finish a brilliant 3rd in the LVRC National Road Race Championships for riders 70 and over on Sunday.
It was touch and go as to whether Ives competed in the event due to problems with his left knee, and, as yet undiagnosed. Ives said: “At times I can hardly turn a pedal, and then the pain goes, its very strange. No doubt the 700,000 miles I have clocked up racing and training over 56 years non-stop has played a part, but I am hopeful that my physio can sort it out very soon, as I have a very tough race scheduled for next weekend.
The 5 times UCI World Masters Champion and 75 times British Champion, finished behind former ICF World Veteran Road Champion Tony Woodcock, and Ex Tour de France rider Pete Ryalls, with his Ex Professional Jewson team mate Derrick Woodings in 4th place.
The event over 46 miles was held a Nettlebed, Bucks, and included a long climb and very fast and technical descent each lap,
In the Championship Race for riders 55 and over Team Jewson’s John French finished 4th in a very close finish , French had been part of the race winning break, and his team mate Les Liddiard finished 5th after a 16-mile solo chase to catch the leaders, left him suffering from his brilliant effort.
In a Non-Championship Race for riders 40 and over, Warwick’s Jon Stevenson finished 3rd. Stevenson broke clear of the main field with eight miles to go, and produced a superb effort just failing by 150 yards to catch the two leaders, but securing yet another Podium place for Warwick’s ‘Mr Consistent’.
At the ‘Dambusters’ Olympic distance Triathlon at Rutland Water, Team Jewson-MI Racing’s Stacey Penn (Coventry) finished a brilliant 2nd at 1 min 36 secs, which was more impressive because the winner is a full time Professional Triathlete, and Stacey hold down a full time job. Stacey’s best discipline is the swim, but this had to be reduced due to the terrible conditions on Saturday, which didn’t do her any favours.
Next weekend Stacey competes in the British Championships, which is also a qualifying event for the World Championships in Aukland , New Zealand. She has already qualified for the Sprint distance.