Roach and Ives off to world championships

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TWO veteran racing cyclists will be representing Great Britain in the forthcoming UCI World Masters Cyclo Cross Championships in America.

Welsh Veteran Champion Phil Roach, who rides for Rugby Velo CC, will be one of the favourites for the 50+ Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, as he will be one of the youngest in the field.

Last weekend he finished a brilliant second to Kenilworth’s Darren Atkins (Team Jewson MI Racing) at Worcester and is in cracking form, having specially geared his season around the world title event.

Joining him is old campaigner Mick Ives from Baginton, who rides for Team Jewson MIRacing. World Championships are nothing new to Mick. He has won the Cyclo Cross title five times, been second twice and third three times, all in Belgium. Ives was second in the ICF World Cyclo Cross Champs in the UK.

Add to that he has been second three times in the UCI World Masters Road Race Championships in Austria.

He has such an incredible string of titles to his name no rider can boast that sort of record for veterans, especially as Ives has eight British Veteran Cyclo Cross titles and he has won the British Professional Championship.

Mick will compete in the over 70 Championships, and will be giving away three years to his youngest rivals, which makes a difference at that age in Cyclo Cross, which is a very demanding sport.

It is often held in terrible winter conditions, ploughing through deep mud and sometimes sand, with tough climbs, some of which require riders to dismount and shoulder their cycles. They also sometimes have hurdles to jump over and very steep descents.