CYCLING: Mick Ives’ team news

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Team Jewson — M.I.Racing—Thule—CNP—Kinesis Cycle Race Team, hit headlines in events all over the country this week, with success for local riders.

Several of the team contested the very tough Seaside 2 Day, a new event, held near Deal in Kent, at Fowl Mead Leisure Park, on the site of the old Kent Coal Mine, where recently has been built the best closed purpose built Cycle Race Circuit in the UK.

The 2 mile circuit, which is wide and has superb surface, was made exceptionally tough with a Gale Force wind, reducing riders to walking pace in some places and over 40 miles an hour in others, requiring strength, speed and bike handling, only the tough survived, and that suited the Team Jewson squad.

Former National Track squad member — Paul Wain riding only his 3rd event of the season, and with an eye on the World Track Championships later in the season, won the 6 mile Time Trial, for riders 40 + and was fastest overall, later on Saturday , he won the 30 mile Criterium, and on Sunday finished 2nd in the 50 ml Road Race, to finish 2nd over all in the Event , a brilliant performance , helped by team mate and former Professional Phil Wilkins.

55 year old Pete Smith a former British Cycling National Road Champion, and one of the really tough men in the sport, finished 2nd in the Time Trial, followed by 2nd in the 30 ml Criterium, and on Sunday , he attacked early into the 50 ml Race along with 2 other riders , to finish 2nd once again , and 3 mins clear of the main field—to finish 2nd Overall.

Baginton’s Multi Champion, Mick Ives (PICTURED), produced the closest finish of the weekend. He was 2nd in the 70 + Time Trial, an event he was expected to win, 12 secs behind the winner. Two hours later he finished 2nd in the 30 mile Criterium, behind the same rider, gaining 10 secs bonus time , compared to the winner 15 sec Bonus, so was now 17 secs in arrears overall.

But on Sunday in the 40 mile Road Race, Ives attacked with just 3 miles to go , and at the finish he was 12 secs clear of his rival – a Multi World Track Champion--, and picked up 15 secs Bonus , compared to his rivals 10 secs, which meant, both riders tied for 1st place overall. Nothing could separate them.

In the Stourbridge Velo Road Races , the Team had success in 5 Events.

Tony Taylor was the winner of the race for riders 65 yrs and over, attacking from the start with younger rider , never to be seen again , during the 40 ml race.

John French finished 2nd in the race for riders 55 yrs and over

Derrick Woodings was 2nd in the 70+ race

Martin Hackley (Dunchurch) finished 3rd in the 60 + race

And Warwicks ,Jon Stevenson finished 3rd in the 45 + race

Meanwhile up in the North East — 17 year old Josh Teasdale finished 2nd in the Cleveland Wheelers 25 ml Time Trial, held in terrible windy conditions.

Triathlon

Stacey Penn—continued her amazing run of excellent form, when she finished 2nd overall in the British Sprint Triathlon Championships at Bevoir Castle, getting piped on the final running section, The Lady who finished 3rd overall, won the World Championships last season , so it was a brilliant performance by the Team Jewson—M.I.Racing star.

Next weekend, the Team send a very strong Junior Squad to the British 25 mile Time Trial Championships in Devon, Teasdale, Yeatman and Carthy are expected to challenge for the National Team Championship s— while New Lady signing – Michelle King, will be aiming to beat her 6th position in the recent 10 ml championships.

Whilst local -18 times British Champion, Barrie Mitchell returns to competition.

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