Course: K11/10 Long Lawford
The Long Lawford course lived up to its normal trend with heavy rain just before the start and all the early starters got a soaking.
But the conditions did improve but there was the threat of more rain throughout the event.
It was a win for Tim Hastie to strengthen his lead in the points table ahead of David Newton in second place and 16-year-old Luke Markam was third.
Neverthless the conditions enabled a few riders to record PBs for this course, so it wasn’t all bad.
Jane Needham again took the handicap, although that will prove more difficult as her recent improved times work through.
Full results: Tim Hastie 22-33, David Newton 22-46, Luke Markham 23-05, Adrian Tayles 23-29, Matt Jones 23-50, Eliot Blundell 23-54, Mike McCann 24-01, David Gillett 24-14, David Kimberley 24-39, Ray Dyke 24-48, Gary Howes 24-49, Martin Orrill 24-55, Mike Smallwood 24-57, Chris Parsons 25-46, Lewis Jones 25-50, Simon Brand 26-13, Keith Hirons 26-18, Mark Harris 26-36, Peter Timmins 26-45, Andrew Childs 26-52, Tony Johnson 26-55, Dave Gunby 27-15, Stephen Guild 27-24, Richard Boyd 27-30, Patrick Weir 27-30, Rob Robson 27-49, Dave Pettifor 28-02, Jamie Roberts 29-19, Alan James 29-41, Chris Lodge 29-46, Angus Gordon 30-04, Kirstie Nichols 30-32, Jamie McKenzie 30-50, Jane Needham 31-12, Beverley Masterman 31-27, Naomi Leugs 33-27, Kate Vanloo 33-50, Colette Marshall 37-48, Russell Green D N F.
Club Handicap: Jane Needham 18-22, Richard Boyd 18-30, Lewis Jones 18-40.
Private Entries: Alex Brunson 26-05, Gavin Stephens 26-45, Ian Toibin DNF.
Team Jewson-MI Racing-Thule Mike Twelves, in his first full racing season since 1986, finally got his first victory of the season in the Mallory Park circuit event last Thursday.
Mike, who finished 6th in the Milk Race Tour of Britain back in the 80’s riding for Great Britain national team, decided to come out of retirement at end of last season, and was quickly snapped up my team boss Mick Ives, who had raced with Mike years ago in Spain and knew the quality rider he was.
This season Mike has been placed in almost every race he had ridden since March, but hadn’t made first place until Thursday evening.
His next main event will be round 4 of the Percy Stallard National Road Race series on the very tough and very hilly circuit between Bridgenorth and Cleebury Mortimer, along with team mates Chris Coyle who has just finished the Tour of Ireland International Race and Warwick’s John Stevenson, a formidable trio.
n More success came for Team Jewson when Phil Blacker won his second Circuit race at the Stourport purpose built race circuit in the space of seven days.
He then followed it up with a fine win in the ‘Back on Track’ Mountain bike race for Veterans over 40 at Holt Heath, near Worcester.
On Sunday Blacker ,who joined the team in September, won his first cyclo cross and then had a big crash breaking his shoulder, which put him out for whole of last season’s cyclo cross season.
Now fully recovered, he will be a great asset to the team, as he is a brilliant rider in all disciplines of the sport.
n Also at the ‘Back on Track’ meeting, Tim Stowe won the race for riders 50 and over, followed closely by Pete Busby in second place.
Busby now leads the overall series, in his first season of racing. The conditions were terrible, heavy rain, strong winds and deep mud - not what is normally expected for this time of year.
n Two days before this meeting Stowe had won the Friday evening Midland series Mountain Bike race at Milton Keynes, clearly a rider in form
n Jon Stevenson, gave Team Jewson another podium place when he finished second in the 56 mile Solihull Road Race held at Bearley, near Stratford on Avon - once again in terrible conditions, with flooded roads and heavy rain.
Team mate Martin Hackley (Dunchurch) finished third in the race for riders 60 and over.
n Earlier in the week, Dunchurch’s Martin Hackley won the Circuit race at Milton Keynes Bowl, his third win in succession.
He has won the ‘King of the Bowl’ series at Milton Keynes for past three seasons.
n Next weekend, many of Team Jewson riders take part in the very tough Tom Sabin Challenge two-day ride, organised by team boss Mick Ives, as part of the Coventry Cycling Festival.
It is staged over a total distance of 186 miles, which includes some very tough climbs .
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