CYCLING: World cyclo-cross title for Roach

Phil Roach and Mick Ives
Phil Roach and Mick Ives

Gold in Switzerland for Rugby rider

British riders produced easily the best national performance at the UCI Masters’ World Cyclo-Cross Championships held at Gossau, Switzerland over the weekend of January 3-4 2015, winning gold medals in five of the six competition categories they contested.

A mix of ice, snow and deep mud made conditions particularly demanding.

The top British team, Coventry-based Team Jewson-MI Racing-Polypipe, produced the stand-out performance with two gold medals.

Team Director Mick Ives from Baginton won the Over-75 World Championship, his sixth UCI World Championship win and his eighteenth World Championship medal.

Ives’ class was underlined by his win coming after major back surgery which has kept him off the bike for eight weeks.

Further success came on the following day when Team Jewson-MI Racing-Polypipe team-mate and British Champion Phil Roach from Rugby, riding in the 50-54 race, produced a storming ride to take the lead with one lap to go in a very hard-fought race and take a richly-deserved first World Championship win.

His Coventry teammate, Peter Busby, riding his first World Championship, rode well to finish 23rd.

Team Jewson boss Ives will be riding for an unprecedented 83rd British National Champions’ jersey in two weeks’ time at the LVRC National Cyclo-Cross Championships.