Ives signs Welsh champ Roach

Phil Roach

Phil Roach

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Rugby’s leading cyclo-cross rider 50-year-old Phil Roach, has signed for the powerful Team Jewson MI Racing-Thule squad.

Phil, is the current Welsh Veteran Cyclo Cross Champion and in January this year finished 4th in the UCI World Masters Championships at Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Phil’s main targets this season will be the World Championships, again in America, the British Championships for riders 50+, where he will lead the Jewson team, who are the current National Team Champions, and he will be chasing victory in the National Cyclo Cross series Championships.

Team Director Mick Ives said: “I believe Phil will prove he is the number one over 50 rider in the UK.

“He has amazing bike handling skills, and this season he really is focused on those championships.

“We have a very strong squad this season to back him , and I have every confidence that he will do really well in his new team colours. Watch this space.”

The team have also signed a top 40+ veteran along with a world medalist, and former British Champion lady rider.

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n With no prizes for the over 70s in the Coventry RC 10 Mile Time Trial at Princethorpe on Saturday, Leisure Lakes cyclist Vince Jenkins was given the opportunity to compete with the younger groups for a share of the prizes.

With a strong wind behind you, the opening miles were very fast and Vince was able to maintain the pace for a good time of 23.47 that was good enough to take the prize for second place in the 60 plus category.

“Considering that I would have been also second if I had been counted in the 50 plus, I was well pleased with that,” said Jenkins, who has just one more race to do this season.