3rd Dec, 2016

Seven victories for Coventry-based cycling club M.I.Racing

Steve Carpenter 28th Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COVENTRY-based M.I.Racing continued to add to their tally of open cycle race victories after claiming no fewer than seven more wins over the past week.

The week started with a victory for British Champion Mike Twelves competed at the circuit race for riders over the age of 40 at the Milton Keynes Bowl on Tuesday evening.

The 50-year-old impressed throughout the race and attacked on the final circuit to cross the finish line as the winner by five seconds.

Not to be outdone, team mate Martin Hackley won the race for riders aged 65 and over in a sprint finish to increase his overall lead in both the national and Milton Keynes Bowl series.

In York, Mick Allan maintained his positive run of form after recently setting a new national age-related 25-mile time trial record two weeks ago and he showed that impressive form again after winning the 60+ circuit race at new purpose-built course in York.

Fellow M.I.Racing rider Derrick Woodings was also successful after winning the race for riders over the age of 70.

There was more success for the team in Worcestershire at the Severn Circuit with Phil Blacker, who is one of the team’s leading cyclo cross stars, taking the victory.

Blacker and former World Mountain Bike Champion Bike Firemans broke clear one hour into the race along with three other riders and they were never to be seen again by the rest of the field.

Blacker went on to win the race after producing an excellent sprint finish to get past his three rivals to the finish.

Rob O’Connor repeated the team’s success in the race for riders over the age of 50. O’Connor chased down an early leader and left him behind before eventually lapping the whole field in what was a fantastic performance in only his first appearance at the circuit.

Elsewhere, M.I.Racing’s veteran lady mountain bike rider Lindsey Nell won the Southern Mountain Bike Cross Country race at Pippingford and now lies third in the national series.