PETER Medhurst has become the latest rider to join Coventry-based M.I.Racing cycling club as he looks to obtain his first category license by the end of the season.
Formerly from Exeter and now living in Leamington, Medhurst competed in his second race in Shrewsbury at the Paramount CRT Road Race.
Despite competing against some very strong riders, Medhurst attacked half-way through the race to claw his way back into contention with the leading breakaway group and a sprint finish saw him finish a very respectable ninth.
Elsewhere, there was more success for the team’s academy riders with George Evans winning the under-16 race at Mallory Park last Tuesday, whole Finn Mansfield finished third.
Edward Woodward finished runner-up in the under-14 race after breaking away with the winner early in the race, with team mate Josh Giddings winning the sprint for third and Jack Brough took fifth spot.
In the girls race for under-14s, Lotta Mansfield failed to finish first for the first time in five races after finishing second and Callum Twelves is seconf overall in the under-12 series after finishing second last week.
The academy riders were also in action at Curborough Rae circuit near Lichfield on Saturday which forms one of four parts of the Midland Series competition.
George Evans (under-16) and Lotta Masfield (under-14) finished runner-up and Josh Giddings finished third in the under-14.
The academy’s impressive performances has seen them move up to third in the national rankings for the Midland region.
Three members of the team competed in the second round of the British Mountain Bike series in Plymouth.
Coventry’s leading Peter Busby had a disappointing ride after falling ill all weekend and finishing 15th but he will be hoping to have recovered for the next round where he will be aiming for a podium place.
There was better news for Lindsey Nell who came fourth in the women’s veteran event while Pil Stokes also finished fourth in the grand super veteran event.
Having only arrived back from Turkey just hours before racing, Martin Hackley did superbly well to finish second at the Python RT Circuit race at Enstone in Oxfordshire.