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CYCLING - Team Enable rider achieves podium on national stage

VETERAN Team Enable-MI Racing-Townsend Vehicle Hire rider Rob O’Connor achieved a podium finish in the British Masters Cycle Racing Criterium Championships.

Rugby-based rider O’Connor crossed the line in second place in the F category for competitors aged 65 to 69 in the race held on the Milton Keynes Bowl circuit.

O’Connor maintained his position in the main bunch as a number of riders dropped off and rode to a brilliant second place finish in a mass sprint for the line on the final lap.

Fellow Team Enable rider Steve Dunton also impressed to come home in fourth place as he just missed out on a place on the podium.

And Team Enable’s time trial riders continue to dominate both local club and open races.

Hinckley-based rider Oliver Searle won the Hinckley Cycle Racing Club time trial on the K41/10 course at Wolvey.

Riding on a standard road bike, Searle claimed victory in a time of 22 minutes 16 seconds.




Fellow Team Enable riders, David Mead, Simon Law, Mark Wise and Diana Egerton-Warburton took part in the Legato Racing Team open time trial on the K15/10 course near Appleby Magna.

And Mead, Law and Wise finished first, second and third in a superb performance in the open category to also win the team prize while Egerton-Warburton crossed the line first in the female category.


Team Enable’s Tom Bradley also secured his first club win of the season in the Coventry Cycling Club 10-mile race on the K10/10F course at Princethorpe.

In wet and windy conditions, Bradley won in a time of 23 mins 18 secs riding a standard road bike.

Egerton-Warburton also triumphed in the Northampton and District 25m time trial on the F14/25 course near Guilden Morden as she won the female category with teammate Zoe Shepherd second overall while the latter also won the female road bike category.

At the same event, in the open category Wise finished fifth overall in 57 mins 16 secs with Bradley ninth and second in the road bike category with Andy Jackson 13th overall with the combines times of Wise, Bradley and Jackson enough for the trio to win the team prize.

Mead and Law also competed in the Rugby Racing Cycling Club event on the K10/10F course as the former missed out on breaking the course record by just 11 seconds as he won the race in a blistering time of 19 mins 47 secs with Law second in 21 mins 15 secs.

Just a few miles away, Bradley and Jackson raced in the Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club 10-mile race at Bubbenhall as the former claimed his second overall win of the season with Jackson just behind in second place.

Now in its 33rd year, rounds four and five of the Midlands-based Friday Night Summer Series of mountain bike racing took place.

In round four, held near Melton Mowbray, Nick Popham and Darren Atkins finished first and second respectively in the grand veteran category. And Jefferson Tear-Verweij secured third place in the under-23 category race.

And in round five, held near Corby, Lindsay Newman’s strong ride saw her finish first in the female veteran 40-age category while Popham won the grand veteran category again with Atkins sixth, Tear-Verweij won the under-23 category and Ryan Henry triumphed in the veteran 40-age category race.

In the latest round of the British Cycling National Cross Country Mountain Championships, held at Cannock Chase, Popham suffered a crash on the first lap which left him near the back of the field.

However, Popham recovered well to secure a brilliant seventh place finish in the grand veteran category with teammate Mark Shepherd finished further back in 42nd place

Sisters Layla and Holly Bradbrook raced the female junior and elite category races respectively but, after recent heavy training, both finished out of the top places.

And Popham also took part in the first round of the British Masters Cycle Racing ‘Griterium’ gravel race near Wibtoft, Leicestershire as he completed multiple laps of a short racing circuit to finish sixth overall and second in the C category age group.

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