CYCLING: Mick Ives’ team round-up

Rob O'Connor
Rob O'Connor

Second victory for Rugby’s Rob O’Connor

Team Jewson-MI Racing-Polypipe, Elite Cycling Team kept up the success rate last week, with an amazing six victories, four seconds and two thirds all in the space of seven days. No other club/team in the area can compete with this sort of success

On Tuesday evening, at the Mallory Park summer series in Leicestershire, the Youth Academy riders were in terrific form. Josh Giddings won the Under 14 race, with a lone breakaway ride that none of his rivals could match, and his team mate Ed Woodward followed up by winning the bunch sprint for second place,

Lota Mansfield won the Under 14 Girls’ race. Both Lotta and Josh now lead the series. Callum Twelves finished 2nd in the Under 12 race.

George Evans was third in the Under 16 years race with team mate Finn Mansfield 5th. Owen Lighfoot finished 5th and Jack Brough 6th in the under 14 race. An outstanding team performance.

Then on Saturday, the Academy riders were in action again, this time at Darley Moor, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Ed Woodward won his first race of the season, winning the Under 14 event and Lotta Mansfield scored her third victory of the season, when winning the Under 14 years Girls race.

George Evans was 2nd and Finn Mansfield 3rd in the Under 16 years race.

In the Senior race for riders 3rd and 4th Cat, Hinckley member Stuart Thompson, gained some points towards his 2nd Cat Licence, by finishing in 9th place.

Lady rider Lindsey Nell, finished 5th in a circuit race at Harvey Haddon Stadium, in Nottingham.

At the other end of the age scale, some of the teams leading Veteran riders were in action, this time, it was Round 2 of the LVRC National Road Race series the ‘Percy Stallard’ series, the Claydon Classic Spring Road Race, over a distance of 55 miles, held on the undulating circuit at Botolph Claydon near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Reigning Champion Mike Twelves, riding only his second race of the season (he won last week) finished a close second to Roy Chamberlain (Corley Cycles) in the event for riders 50 and over.

After the two had ripped the field apart, Chamberlain - the LVRC National Circuit Champion - was also the winner of the Classic ‘Battle of Edge Hill’ 96-mile road race last season, an event organised by Team MI Racing and Sponsored by Polypipe.

Rugby team member Rob O’Connor, who only rejoined the team this season, had his second victory in as many rides, when he won the race for riders 55 and over, and is now joint leader of the National series.

Further success for the team came when National Road Race Champion John French won the race for riders 60 and over. Another amazing day.