BRITISH Veteran road and circuit champion Mike Twelves was in terrific form over the weekend for M.I.Racing after winning the Darley Moor Circuit race near Ashborne in Derbyshire.
The 52-year-old was racing in the 40 and over category on Saturday and after breaking clear of five rivals ealry on, attacked towards the end with a sprint finish proving effective for a first place finish.
It was a welcome return for Twelves who was taking part in his first race of the season after picking up a leg injury shortly after Christmas. But after recieving treatment from Olympic cycling physio Lizz Lane, Twelves appears to be back to his very best.
Twelves’ target for the season now will be to retain his British road and circuit titles later this year and he is also targeting success in the Percy Stallard National Road Series for a fourth time in a row, as well as the ICF World Masters Road Race Championships.
Also in action at the Darley Moor Circuit was team mate Martin Hackley who finished runner-up in the 65+ category, while Mike Allan also came second in the 70+ race, as did Derrick Woodings in the race for riders aged over 75.
There was further success for Coventry-based M.I.Racing on Saturday with Coventry’s Peter Busby finishing fifth in the 50+ veterans race in Round 2 of the Midland series at Cannock Chase.
Team mate Kirby Bennett finished sixth in the 55+ race and in the race for riders over 60, Phil Stokes took second place.
For the ladies, Lindsey Nell finished sixth overall in the ladies race whole Lota Mansfield won the Under-14 girls race and now leads the series overall. Fellow academy star Max Walling was fourth in the boys race.