CYCLING - Team Enable celebrate multiple successes - The Coventry Observer

CYCLING - Team Enable celebrate multiple successes

COVENTRY-based cycling team Team Enable-MI Racing-Townsend Vehicle Hire enjoyed a number of successes over the last couple of weeks.

Team Enable’s Roy Hunt took the gold medal riding the Gralloch – a UCI gravel world championship qualifying event – in the 70 to 75 age category.

The multiple British champion and former European champion completed the tough 111k route round the gravel tracks of Galloway Forest in 4 hours and 33 minutes.

He finished 21 minutes ahead of the second placed rider and has now qualified for the World Championships in Belgium later this year.

Also riding and qualifying for the World Championship final were Carl Sturgeon and Nick Whitley in the 50 to 54 age category who completed the course in 3 hrs 45 mins and 3 hrs 58 mins respectively.

In the 60 to 64 age category, Coventry-based Pete Busby finished in a time of 4 hrs 48 mins but missed out on a place in the finals in Belgium.

Team Enable members Andy Jackson (5:10), Greg Ashley (5:22), Andy Oliver (5:27) and Zoe Shepherd, despite a crash, (6:08) rode in their first-ever gravel event with the first three riders competing in the 55 to 59 age group and the latter in the women’s 40 to 44 age category.

Elsewhere, riding in round two of the British Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country Series at Margam Park in South Wales, sisters Layla and Holly Bradbrook endured mixed fortunes.

In the junior race, Layla finished third in hot conditions on a challenging hilly course while older sister Holly competed in her first elite category race of the season but crashed on the first lap before suffering a rear brake failure later in the race to come home in 20th. At the same event, Nick Popham finished 12th in the 50 to 59 age category.

Closer to home, in round three of the Friday Night Summer Series mountain bike cross country race in Daventry, Popham won the grand veteran category with Darren Atkins eighth while Lindsay Newman finished fifth overall in the ladies race and Jefferson Tear-Verweij took third place in the under-23 race.

Team Enable’s time trial riders have also had a busy couple of weeks as recent signing David Mead won the Team Milton Keynes open 20-mile race held on the F5V/20 course to the north east of the city.

Mead clocked 42 mins 14 secs to take the win by a full minute over the second placed rider while teammate Shepherd, riding a standard road bike, won the ladies race in a time of 58 mins 28 secs, more than three minutes clear of the second placed lady. Additionally, Simon Law clocked 45 mins 41 secs to finish fifth overall and Greg Ashley finished in 26th place overall, clocking 53 mins 51 secs on his road bike.

At the Worcester St. Johns 10-mile event held near Upton-upon-Severn, Leamington-based rider Diana Egerton-Warburton won the ladies race in a time of 23 mins 30 secs.

Egerton-Warburton claimed her second win in as many weeks after also winning the Coventry Cycling Club open event. At the same event, teammate Mark Wise finished seventh overall in a time of 22 mins 10 secs while Tom Bradley finished second riding a standard road bike in the road bike category in a time of 23 mins 11 secs.

Out on the road, Hinckley-based Oliver Searle raced in the Banbury Star road race and completed multiple ascents of the tough 16 per cent Edge Hill climb as he finished in 17th place overall in the 92km race. Searle raced in his usual aggressive style but leg cramps on the final climb meant he lost some ground on the leaders.

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