Starting in his first open event since last April, Leisure Lakes rider Vince Jenkins returned to Wales on Sunday to defend his WCA 10 Mile Championship title that he has won in his age category for the last two years.
Having opened the year in the prizes and going really well, the Leisure Lakes man picked up a bug that turned into a serious lung infection and as a result has been off the bike for the rest of the season.
Riding two successive midweek club evening 10’s for some speed training, Vince decided it was worth making the trip and clocked 24.13 to collect his third WCA Plaque.
“I lost at least 15 seconds or more when I messed up the start,” said Vince.
“And even though it was hard work all the way round, it was nice to back racing again.
“ I hope to do a few more races, but it depends on my rate of recovery.”
n Team Echelon Rotor Member John Dixson rode the RATAE 10 mile time trial on the Six Hills course and recorded 24-06 to be second on standard with a plus of 8-30.
In the same event local rider Emily Whitmore of Loughborough Students was fastest lady with 25-01.
Team boss Mick Ives (Baginton) set the ball rolling with a fine win in the over 70s race at the ‘Clean Sweep’ promotion at Darley Moor Nr Ashborne, Derbyshire, competing against riders up to ten years younger.
Martin Hackley (Dunchurch) won the final round of the Milton Keynes ‘King of the Bowl’ series, and as a result has won the 2011 ‘King of the Bowl’ series for the fourth time in four years.
n Cyclist turned runner 45-year-old Greg Ashley, who has been selected to represent Great Britain in the World long course Triathlon Championships in Las Vegas later this year competed in the 42-mile Peak District Ultra Marathon in the Peak District, Derbyshire on Sunday.
In a field of 100 selected runners, Greg started steady and at the 30 mile mark was in 31st position. Feeling in good shape he pushed hard for the final 12 miles, to finish a brilliant 10th, ahead of many favoured runners in a time of 6hrs 36 mins. Not bad for a cyclist!