CYCLING: Cyclo-cross

Rugby's Phil Roach
Rugby's Phil Roach

More success for Rugby’s Phil Roach

Cyclo Cross riders are a hard bunch of sportsmen, and over the Christmas period and this weekend, the training in adverse conditions paid off, for Team Jewson-MI Racing-Polypipe with a string of successful performances.

On Boxing Day six riders from the team contested the Classic Kenilworth Boxing Day event, the 61st running of the race, the longest running Cyclo Cross in the UK.

Former British Senior and Veteran Champion was at his best, the Veteran rider fast approaching 50 years of age, worked his way thro the 80 strong field following his usual slow start, passing riders 30 years his younger, eventually finishing in 6th fastest position and first Veteran rider. Knight is a six-times winner of the event.

His team mate Mark James who is just two years younger than Knight, finished 11th overall and 4th best Veteran , and Midland series Champion for past two seasons, Phil Blacker finished 12th fastest and 5th best Veteran.

All three riders will represent Team Jewson in the British Championships in two weeks time. British over 50 National Champion Phil Roach gave more honours to the team by winning the 50+ event with ease.

Commentator for the event was five times World Masters Cyclo Cross Champion and winner of the race in 1970, Mick Ives, boss of Team Jewson-MI Racing-Polypipe.

On Sunday several of the team competed in the Western League event at Gloucester. Phil Roach was once again in brilliant form, with his second victory over Christmas, finishing a long way clear of his rivals.

Mark James finished 3rd in the 40+ Veterans race. Coventry member of the team, Pete Busby finished 4th best 50+ Veteran and Team mate Tim Stowe (Wellesbourne) finished 5th. Both riders will be backing Phil Roach in an attempt to win back the British Team Championships at the Nationals in two weeks.

In the mean time, Roach and Busby along with Marton’s Barrie Mitchell will contest the UCI World Masters Championships in Switzerland, where Roach has a brilliant chance of making the Podium for the first time.