Robert Yeatman, 17, riding for Team Jewson M.I.Racing—Thule—CNP—Kinesis, won his first ever British Cycling Championship at the weekend.
Robert rode his first ‘disabled’ event – the British Paracycling National Time Trial Championships, held near Worcester on Saturday, qualifing in the C5 catagory.
Robert won the Championship by almost one minute with an exceptional time for the hilly 13 mile circuit in 31 mins 12 secs, beating some Great Britain riders which included World and Olympic Champions. A few months ago he was out of action with a broken collar bone following a crash in the Bristol 2 Day race, but followed it up with a brilliant 9th place in the British Junior 25 ml T T Championships in Devon.
Team Director Mick Ives said: “This is Robert’s first season with the MI Race Team, and he has continued to impress everyone. I am really pleased for him , he has worked so hard to get back to top condition after that early season crash – certainly a star in the making.”
A double success at Worcester for Team Jewson—M.I.Racing
Michelle King won the Rudy Project Nation series event over the same 13 mile course ridden by Rob Yeatman, winning by 1 ½ mins, which is an amazing margin at this level of competition.
Michelle’s time was 32 mins 32 secs. She is the current Rudy Project series national champion, and is currently leading the 2011 championship. Next weekend she competes in the Coventry Cycling Club 25 mile Time Trial , and is expected to continue her winning run.
Further success for the team, at Darley Moor Race Circuit nr Ashborne Derbyshire, where Ex National Track Champion Paul Wain, back from 1 year out of racing, scored his 5th Road Victory of the season.
It was a hard fought battle, as he and a rider from the Wyre Forest Team broke clear of the large field very early in the 1 ½ hour long race. Their lead soon grew to ½ minute, before the main pack split with eight rides going clear, one of which was Wain’s team mate and another former British Champion, and ex professional Phil Wilkins. When the lead dropped to just 17 secs, Wilkins, disrupted the chase, in defence of his team mate, and the lead shot up very quickly , to over 2 mins by the finish – Wain winning the 2 up sprint and Wilkins completing the job by winning the sprint from the chasers for 3rd position. Job well done.
In the supporting event , Derrick Woodings and Mick Ives were 1st and 2nd in the 70 race and Martin Hackley (Dunchurch) 4th in the 60 +.
Peter Smith continued his successful form by finishing 2nd best veteran and 6th fastest overall in the Hemel Hempstead 10 ml Time Trial on Saturday afternoon, followed by a very tough 58 ml Road Race at Cranleigh, Surrey on Sunday morning as part of the MStina series, where he finished 2nd after a 10 rider group broke clear half way through the race. Smith is currently in 2nd position in the series.
Another unbelievably successful week end for Team Jewson—M.I.Racing
Pictured is newly crowned British Champion Robert Yeatman