5th Dec, 2016

Runner-up spot for Phil Roach in National Series

Coventry Editorial 11th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

IT PROVED to be another hugely successful weekend for Coventry-based M.I.Racing with Phil Roach finishing runner-up at the third round of the National Series in Durham.

The current World Champion finished just 14 seconds behind former professional Tim Gould in what were very muddy conditions.

The wet weather had forced many bike changes because of the clogging up of mud but Roach’s second place finish puts him second overall in the series.

Team mate Geoff Giddings finished a brilliant ninth and Kirby Bennett finished 19th.

At the round nine of the Midland Series in Blackwell Court, Worcestershire, M.I.Racing had a field day after Steve Knight won the 40+ category and he also won an award for the best rider over 45.

Peter Busby won the 50+ race and there was also success for John Gabriel who won the 65+ race with Barrie Mitchell finishing third.

Veteran Mick Ives won the race for riders over the age of 70 while Martine Verwiej won the ladies veteran race and Keir Lewis was fourth in the junior race.

Last Friday M.I.Racing held their annual awards eveing at Dunchurch Park Hotel where over 70 guests attended.

Former British professional champion Phil Bayton presented no fewer than nine awards, with Lyndsey Nell taking home the award for most improved rider and there were also awards handed out to the likes of British Circuit and Closes Circuit Champion Barrie Mitchell and World Masters Cyclo Cross winners Phil Roach.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement that Peter Hindle MBE agreed to become M.I.Racing’s first ever team president and a special presentation was made by team boss Mick Ives.

The team also celebrated winning three World Masters Championships, one European Championship and no fewer than 21 British Championships this season.