CYCLING: Roach pipped for a place on the podium

Peter Busby   (picture by Simon Riley)
Peter Busby (picture by Simon Riley)

Rugby’s world champion brought down with finish in sight

Pictured: Peter Busby tackling one of the obstacles in fine style. Photo taken by Simon Riley.

Mark James, riding for Team Jewson-MI Racing—Polypipe cycling squad gained his first victory of the cyclo-cross season on Sunday, when he won the Veterans’ event at the Wessex League race near Cirencester. James has had four seconds and five third placings this season, so victory came as a big boost for the forthcoming Midland Championships next Sunday at Newport Shropshire.

Peter Busby finished second in the Veterans’ race for riders 50 and over.

At Round 4 of the National Trophy series at Ipswich, UCI World Champion, Rugby’s Phil Roach lost third place in the Veterans’ 50+ race, when in sight of the finish. As he went to overtake a lapped rider on the final bend, the lapped rider took his line and fetched Roach off his bike, allowing another rider to take the third spot and a place on the podium.

Kirby Bennett had his best place in the series, when he finished a brilliant sixth. It was touch and go if Bennett would be able to start the event as he felt ill whilst travelling down and had to stop four times, arriving much later than planned and only allowing him time to check out half of the circuit. It was a terrific performance by Kirby.

Earlier in the race he had been having a tussle with his team mate Geoff Giddings, who finally finished eighth. Three riders in the top eight is very impressive and bodes well for the Team Championships in January.