CYCLING: Victory for Rugby’s Phil Roach

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

Good year for Mick Ives’ racing team

What a season it has been for Coventry based Cycling squad, Team Jewson—MIRacing—Polypipe owned and run by five times UCI World Masters Cycling Champion Mick Ives, from Baginton.

Last Sunday their riders, added three more British Championships to their tally to make it 21 British Individual Championships, one World Championship and three European Championships plus a British Team Championhip in 2013, surely the leading sports team in the Midlands if not the UK.

On Sunday Kenilworth’s Darren Atkins added to his already massive list of victories, by winning the LVRC National Cyclo Cross Championship for riders 40 years and over.

The event, organised by Mick Ives on behalf of MI Racing and the LVRC, was sponsored by Coventry based JEWSON and attracted riders from all over the UK.

It was held on a very tough course at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell, near Wellesbourne, a course that included steep, muddy technical descents, tree rooted slippery tracks, a flight of steps, one very tough climb, several running sections, flat grass land and a quarter mile of road - certainly one of the toughest Cyclo Cross events of the season.

Atkins led from the off, and floated round the course with ease, such was his class, retaining the Championship he won last year. He won the Midland Championship a few weeks ago. Next week he will be out to win the National Series Championship. He has a massive points lead going into the final event at Shrewsbury, both of which he won last year, and then the following week he brings his season to a close with the British Championships at Derby, where he will be out to better last year’s 2nd place, as well as leading a very strong team out to retain the Championship they won last year.

Third rider to finish the race and second in the 40-44 class was Jewson’s Phil Blacker, the recent Midland series winner for 2013. Blacker may have secured second place overall had he not broken his gear mech three quarters of the way through the race, requiring him to run some considerable distance to his spare cycle.

In the 45-49 class, the team’s Mark James finished in 2nd place with former champion Steve Knight in 4th, Knight riding his first race since having a terrible crash out training two weeks ago, when his forks broke and he woke up in hospital with severe facial injuries. He was clearly not at his best, but hopefully he will be in better condition for the British Championships at Derby.

In the 50-54 class Rugby’s team member Phil Roach repeated last year’s victory with a brilliant ride, finishing 4th fastest rider overall. Coventry’s Peter Busby finished 3rd, his first National Championship Medal.

Jewson’s Pete Smith regained the Championship for riders 55-59 and team mate Tim Stowe from Wellesbourne, the reigning champion, finished 3rd. Tim is another rider recovering from injury and should benefit from the race.

Hinckley based John Gaberial showed the flag for Team Jewson in the 60-64 class by finishing 3rd,

Marton’s Barrie Mitchell was 4th in the 65-69 class, behind World Champion Vic Barnett, and event organiser Mick Ives, finished 2nd, with team mate Graham Clements 3rd in the 70-74 class, behind 2012 World Champion John Ginley.

A great performance by the team with three Championships, three seconds, four thirds and two fourths.