Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles report 11.07.19.
Zak Machin Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles Under14 Youth rider has taken the Mallory Park Youth Road Race League by the scruff of the neck. After winning the last two rounds he now leads the Championship by 16 points with three rounds to go. However, he is aware that there are still enough points available for him to be caught and he will have to race hard to gain as many points as possible.
Machin took part in the HSBC UK National Youth Championships at the Oliver’s Mount motor cycle circuit in Scarborough. A difficult circuit for motorcyclists perhaps, but a fiercesome one for young cyclists with a number of climbs & swooping descents culminating in a tight left hand hairpin bend leading straight into an 18percent long climb which has to be ridden several times during the course of the race. The hill took its toll on many of the riders spreading the field out. The young Machin rode to a very credible 14th place out of the 78 finishers showing that he has more in his locker than the type of races the young riders normally ride. The surprise winner was Mountain bike rider Max Greensill of KTM UK Factory MTB Team.
Mercia’s U12 rider Daniel Ward had another top ten finish in the latest round of the Midlands XC MTB series at High Bramley Wood. Despite starting at the back of the grid he quickly carved his way through the large number of entrants to finish in 7th place the winner was Cian Howard of Team RL360 Isle of Man.
Mercia Veteran Time Trial rider Ben Startin took part in his first 50mile TT of the season hosted by Leicester Forest CC. A very strong wind blunted all of the riders times reflecting the adverse conditions. His finishing time of 2hours 10minutes and 24seconds was good enough for 25th place, a good effort given the conditions. The winner was Matt Bottrill of Team Bottrill in 1:42:47.
A miserable damp evening after a fine sunny day meant that only four riders took part in the Mercia evening 10mile TT. Those that did compete had only a very light wind to contend with and as a result times were generally good. The winner was Rob Gower with a time of 25minutes 40 seconds (3rd on handicap). He was followed home by Jeff Slinn, 26:41 (2nd on handicap). Liam Mewis (Youth, 1st on handicap) and at one lap Dave Peters 20:02.