Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles report 12.0919.
Mercia CC – Lloyds Cycles CC Under 14 rider, Zak Machin has had a terrific season of road racing and his fine form continued in the Warwick Town Centre races. He has particularly excelled on the twisting, tight criterium racing and in fast acceleration out of the corners suits his style and he took the chequered flag for a fine first place with some distance between him and the second placed rider. Not content with winning his own age group he then took part in the under 16 age group. Despite having just raced hard and racing against older lads he crossed the line in 6th place to round off a terrific afternoons racing.
Daniel Partington of Mercia CC – Lloyds Cycles CC has been trying his hand at track cycling and recently showed good consistent form when racing in the British Cycling track league at the Derby Velodrome. He recorded his 1st win on the track in the 20 lap Scratch race followed by 2nd places in both the 30 lap ‘Win & Out’ & the 30 lap Scratch race. He got the full set when finishing 3rd in the 40 lap points race. Fine rewards for a hard winters training.
The Cyclo Cross season has started with fine weather greeting the riders at both of the weekends opening rounds. The first Notts Derby Cyclo Cross event took place in Heanor at the popular Shipley Park venue, normally held a few weeks later in the season the conditions can often be quite wet and muddy. This year however, despite a quite wet previous day the course was very hard and bumpy making riding difficult especially for the slower riders. Mercia Lloyds Cycles CC riders were well represented and first to go in the Boys Under 12 category was Sam Parker he rode a very consistent race and finished in 12th place in a very big field of riders. In first place was Jacob Steed of Sherwood Pines Cycles Forme. In the Veteran category Oliver Parker showed that he could have a very good season when finishing in 24th place in the V40 – V49 category. Stephen Herriman was 39th in the V50 – V59 class and Adrian Waters won the V70+ category. In the Ladies race the bumpy conditions didn’t suit Julie Tipper but she still rode a good paced race to finish in 9th place in her Vets category.
Daniel Ward was unable to race in the Notts Derby League but the following day rode in the West Midlands Cyclo Cross league at Shrewsbury. Conditions were very much to his liking and he finished in an excellent 2nd place beaten only by George Cooper of Sherwood Pines Cycles Forme. It will be good to see how he rides in the next Notts Derby races.
As the Time Trial season nears its end the Burton District Cycling Alliance held its 100 mile Time Trial on the fast A50 road course. Representing Mercia Lloyds Cycles CC was Veteran Ben Startin who completed the course in a very good time of 4hours 08minutes and 12 seconds. The winner of the Alliance section was Neil Parkin of Team Bottrill in 3:40:27 and the overall winner with a very fast time was Jonathan Shubert Arctic Aircon in 3:19:58