5th Dec, 2016

Mike Twelves marks track return with a win in Reading

Steve Carpenter 31st May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

EXPERIENCED cyclist Mike Twelves made a welcome return to the track as he won his first even for 32 years at the Reading Track meeting on Sunday.

The ex-professional mainly concentrates on road racing around the UK and abroad and only just took up track cycling over the past six months.

Twelves won the 10km scratch race, which was the final race of the day, while fellow M.I.Racing rider Ian Copper, who is a former team pursuit national squad member, led Twelves out for the last three-and-a-half laps but sacrificed his own chance of victory.

A few hours earlier Twelves had competed in the British Cycling National Veterans Road Championships in Buckinghamshire where he finished just outside the Medals in fourth place.

This coming Sunday, Twelves will lead a strong M.I.Racing team in the Percy Stallard event at Bearley near Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Coventry-based team will include Warwick’s John Stevenson who will be racing for the first time since his terrible accident in February when he was knocked off his cycle by a motorist and received a fractured skull.

Team mate Martin Hackley went one better in the 65+ National Championship event when he won a bronze medal which was the team’s third national medal in eight days.

Earlier in the week, Martin Hackley was in action at the Milton Keynes Bowl where he secured yet another victory and further afield, Derrick Woodings kept the team’s colours to the fore by winning the Vic Sutton Memorial Road Race over 42 miles at Walkington, team mate Mick Allan finished runner-up in the over 65 race at the same venue.