CYCLING: Roach impresses again

Phil Roach               (picture by Simon Riley)
Phil Roach (picture by Simon Riley)

National Cyclo-cross Series

Rugby’s British Veteran Cyclo Cross Champion Phil Roach continued his impressive build up to the British and World Championships, when he competed in Round 4 of the British National Cyclo Cross series at Milton Keynes on Sunday.

The Team Jewson-MI Racing-Polypipe rider got off to a flying start on the very muddy and technical circuit, churned up the day before when the world’s best riders contested one of the World Cup series events there.

There were several falls on the adverse cambers and muddy descents, for just about every rider including Roach, who in one incident smashed his brake/gear lever when he collided with a wooden post. It was a three-way battle throughout and eventually Phil had to give best to Series Leader Chris Young a former professional road rider and King of the Mountain in the Tour of Britain, but he had the consolation of beating last week’s winner Tim Gould, another ex-professional, and one of the world’s leading mountain bike professionals in the 90s.

Roach maintains his position of second place overall in the series.