Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles report 15.08.19.
Mercia CC – Lloyds Cycles Under 14 rider, Zak Machin, continues his fine season. His latest success came at the Staffordshire Cycling Festival Criterium race held at Newcastle under Lyme town centre where he completely dominated the Under 14 boys race. Going hard from the gun he opened up an unassailable lead lapping only two seconds slower than the International riders in the Senior men’s race. At the finish he had lapped all but the riders in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places with only the second placed rider finishing anywhere near him.
After a short summer break the penultimate races of the Mallory Park Youth Road Racing league took place on a fine night at the Leicestershire circuit. Machin who leads the Under 14 category finished in 4th place behind Josh Jackson of the MI Racing Academy. He still leads the class by 7 points with one race to go to make for, what will be, a thrilling race.
Daniel Ward raced in the U12 race where he finished in 7th place, having a good number of races in the series he was no doubt a bit ring rusty but the race will serve him well in the forthcoming Cyclo Cross season. The winner was Hudson Hendry of Kettering Cyclones.
The previous week Machin had a break from road racing and took part in the Midlands XC MTB races at Dunstan Hall. Unfortunately, due to a mechanical problem he was unable to start in the Under 14 category but the organisers kindly let him enter the Senior Men’s Fun Category. The Seniors were very understanding at the start but less so by the finish as Machin ripped through the field to take a fine first place in what for him is a very unaccustomed discipline.
Also riding at the same event was U12 rider Daniel Ward who finished well up the field in 7th place behind the winner Alex Hart of Mid Shropshire Wheelers. In the Juvenile Male Category Corben Haynes took part in one of his first races and acquitted himself very well finishing in 11th place behind the very talented Max Greensill of KTM UK Factory MTB Team.
Christian Aucote showed that he is recovering well from his accidents and despite not having full use of his hands finished in the top three of the Expert Male class.
Mercias last evening 10 mile TT of a depleted season due to road works and inclement weather, was held on the Anslow circuit. The depleted race was won by Ben Startin of the home club in a time of 25mins 48seconds (2nd on Handicap) Other finishers, all Mercia CC- Lloyds Cycles riders were Liam Mewis 27:17 (Under 16 Youth, 1st on handicap) Jeff Slinn 27:51 and Adrian Waters 32:38 (3rd on handicap).