CYCLING - Six of the best for Team Enable - The Coventry Observer

CYCLING - Six of the best for Team Enable

Aaron Sutcliffe 7th Dec, 2023 Updated: 7th Dec, 2023   0

COVENTRY-based cycling team Enable-M.I.Racing-McCann endured another busy weekend across the United Kingdom and Europe.

In the Welsh Cyclo-cross Championships, held at the Royal Welsh Showground, Nick Whitley returned to winning ways to retain his veteran 50-plus title with his wife Lynsey fifth in the women’s 40-plus race.

Elsewhere, in the Eastern Championships, held at Milton Park in Cambridge, Ray Cochrane finished sixth in the 60-plus race with Richard Pernham 22nd in the 50-plus race.

And in the Leicestershire League Championship, Carl Sturgeon took second place in the 50-plus category with Geoff Giddings 14th while Kirby Bennett placed second and Alan Parsons sixth in the 60-plus race.

In the West Midlands League Championships, Jefferson Tear-Verweij finished first in the youth category, almost two minutes clear of the second-placed rider.

And in the 45 to 49 years category, Colin Miller produced an excellent ride to take top spot on the pdoium.

In the 40 to 45 years category, Ryan Henry placed fifth despite suffering from back pain riding on the bike team owner Mick Ives won multiple championships on.

And in the senior category, Thomas Bradley finished 17th while Lindsay Newman took the race win in the women’s 50 to 54 years category with an outstanding ride with Newman the only rider to complete the technical four-lap course.

In the men’s 50 to 54 years category, Nick Popham’s powerful ride secured the Championship by more than five minutes ahead of the second-placed finisher, overtaking all but two of the junior riders on his way to the finish line. Mark Shepherd finished fourth in the same race.

And in the men’s 55 to 59 years category, Alan Buxcey placed 14th with Andy Jackson 16th while Pete Busby claimed second place in the 60 to 64 years category.

In the 65 to 69 years category, Tim Stowe took first place having missed much of the early season with a broken shoulder.

Further afield, Darren Atkins placed fourth in the World Masters Cyclo-cross Championships in Hamburg, Germany in the 55 to 59 years category, just missing out on a place on the podium while in the 60 to 64 age category, Philip Roach finished 30th.

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