CYCLING: Veteran Ives breaks British tandem record

Mick Ives
Mick Ives

Great season for Rugby’s Rob O’Connor second in national series

Champion cyclist Mick Ives, now in the twilight of his racing career, showed that he is still very competitive.

The 76-year-old Baginton rider - winner of eight World Masters Cycling Championships and a record 84 British ones - teamed up with 75-year-old A5 Rangers Veteran Murray Kirton to set a new British Age Related 25 mile Tandem Record on Sunday.

They were riding in the VTTA Midland section Open event near Alcester in the south of the county andsett a new course record in the process ,

The duo knocked 3 minutes 58 secs off the original record, which has stood since 2007.

Ives, owner and director of elite cycling team Team Jewson-MI Racing-Polypipe- is no stranger to tandem racing, having won the VTTA National Championships at 10 miles and 30 miles , several years ago.

Ives and Kirton will compete in the VTTA National 25 mile Championships in a month’s time on the same course.

# Rugby team member Rob O’Connor finished third in the latest round of the season-long Percy Stallard National Road Race series held at Limber in Lincolnshire.

With two more counting events left, Rob is second overall in the series.

O’Connor led the winning break of three at the National Criterium Championships last Saturday at Stourport, but was edged out of first place by ex pro Roy Holmes from Lancashire.

He was disappointed to pick up his second silver medal this year in a national event, when he thought he had the win. The three leading riders lapped the whole field, including last year’s winner.

# Entries are still open for the 96-mile Polypipe Battle of Edge Hill Classic Road Race , on Sunday, August 7. Details on LVRC web site.

The biggest cycle race event in the area, it is being organised by Team MI Racing.

# Mick Ives will be giving a talk on nutrition at Brandon Club (CV8 3HW) tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm. Everyone is invited.

# There’s a chance for everyone to get pedalling and raise funds for local charities when, on Sunday August 21, Coventry Olympic Group Sportive (COGS) –the non-racing section of MI Racing - will be organising three leisure rides.

All starting and finishing at the Baginton Oak public house.

Family ride 20km, £10 (£25 for family)starts 9am

Challenge ride 50km, £15 starts 8.30am

Epic ride 106 km, £15, starts 8am.

Riders can choose their distance and support a nominated charity: Zoe’s Place Baby Hospital, Myton Hospice or Baginton Lions Junior Football Team.

Entries on the day £5 extra. Marshal, drink station, signed route, route sheets all provided.

Online entries at www.cogs-sportives.co.uk

More information about COGS’ Sunday and Thursday rides from iancogs@yahoo.com