Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles report 02.11.18
After a lapse of two weeks with no suitable events in the racing calendar Young Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles rider, Daniel Ward was back in action with two races on the same day.
First off was the Lazer/Ridley West Midlands Round 6 Cyclo-Cross event held at Stoneleigh National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre in Warwickshire, hosted by Royal Leamington Spa CC. The course was generally fast with a technical wooded section testing the riders skills. Under 12 rider Ward had a good race always within touching distance of the top three. Looking good for a fourth place finish an unlucky slip on the last lap saw him lose ground and he crossed the finishing line in 5th place behind the consistent winner, George Cooper of Sherwood Pines Cycles Forme.
Next up was a quick drive to Cannock Case for Round 4 of the Cannock Chase Autumn Classic MTB race where as a 10 year old he has to race in the Under 13 category. As usual the Chase provides a good course with fast technical sections, wooded areas and steep climbs. Another good start had him always in the leading bunch. Close racing throughout and Ward took a podium finish in 3rd place behind his usual adversary, George Cooper. The 3rd place was good enough for him to finish in 2nd place overall in the Series, a fine achievement.
Over the Time Trial season riders in the Burton & District Cycling Alliance, which can include riders from throughout the Midlands, are able to compete for the BAR title or Best All Round title. The riders best results in each of the 25mile, 50mile a7 100mile Trial events count toward the title. Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles rider, Ben Startin achieved good times in each distance with an average speed over the three distances of 24.806mph. As a result he finished in 3rd place and 2nd placed Veteran rider. Winner was Neal Parkin of Team Bottrill/Vanguard who was less than 3mph faster overall/