CYCLING: National title for Rob O’Connor

Rugby's Rob O'Connor on the podium wearing the British Championship Jersey
Rugby's Rob O'Connor on the podium wearing the British Championship Jersey

Rugby cyclist secures series victory at Milton Keynes Bowl

Pictured: Rob O’Connor on the podium wearing British Championship Jersey

No.1 Rob O'Connor

No.1 Rob O'Connor

Team Jewson MI Racing Polypipe added yet another British Championship to their tally, this one being the 7th British Championship victory in 2016. This time it was the turn of Rugby team member Rob O’Connor. Already this season Rob has finished second in two other British Cycling Championships, and won a host of other races including the Classic Tour of the Abberleys three-day event. On Saturday he won the British Cycling Closed Circuit National Championship at the Milton Keynes Bowl circuit.

Next Sunday he will contest the Polypipe-sponsored 96-mile Classic Battle of Edge Hill race, based around Edge Hill and Kineton, in South Warwickshire, against riders much younger than himself, but is expected to put in a brilliant performance.

He will be part of a strong MI Racing squad of six riders. The only other team from the area will be that of Ride Coventry, led by Kenilworth’s Darren Atkins.

The race has a prize list of £2,000 and is organised by Team Jewson MI Racing Polypipe McCann. The race starts from Kineton at 10.30am. Riders from all over the UK have entered. Race HQ is Kineton Sports and Social Club, Little Kineton.

The race includes one climb of Sunrising Hill and five climbs of Edge Hill, before finishing on the Kineton to Moreton Morrell road. It passes through Kineton five times.

The team’s time trial riders were in action in the Rugby RCC open 10 mile race on Saturday.

Fastest of the team was John Stevenson, Warwick Road Racing star, only recently returned to racing after suffering a fractured skull in an accident – and riding his first open 10 mile time trial for 39 years, he recorded 22 mins 22secs. Russell Green clocked 22-52, Barrie Mitchell 23-20 and Brian Gale 24-54. Patrick Weir 25-21 and Mick Ives 26-37.