7th Dec, 2016

Phil Roach retains Welsh Veteran title in Newport

Steve Carpenter 9th Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WORLD Masters Champion Phil Roach retained his Welsh Veteran Championship title on what proved to be another successful weekend for Coventry-based cycling club M.I.Racing.

Roach won the title once again on a vert muddy course near Colyn Bay in South Wales and keeping it in the family his son, Stephen, also won the Senior Championship for professional club Raleigh.

Closer to home, M.I.Racing sent 12 riders to the Midland Championships in Newport for an event which attracted a top class field.

Martine Verweij got the ball rolling with a fine win in the Ladies Veteran Championship, which was her first victory during her ten-year spell with the club.

Carl Sturgeon is riding his first season with the team and was celebrating after winning the 40-45 Championship, with Mark James coming third.

Despite crashing three times, Steve Knight finished third in the 45-49 category, while Peter Busby finished just off the podium in 5th place in the 50-54 Championship after a mix up with a bike change at a critical time.

In the 55-59 category, Kirby Bennett finished well clear of his rivals to take the victory, while in the 65-69 event, current Midland Series Champion John Gabriel finished runner-up and team mate Barrie Mitchell came third.

Team boss Mick Ives came second in the 70+ category at the age of 76 and Keir Lewis finished ninth in the hotly contested Junior Championship.