Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles report 18.10.18
Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles held its annual hill climb & free wheel event on a very bright cold Sunday morning. The winner of the climb section was Dan Partington with a time of 1 minute 12 seconds followed by Under 14 rider Zak Machin in 1:28. Other riders times were Owen Heath 1:31, Keith Staley 1:33, Chris Wells 1:36, Jeff Slinn 1:46 & John Brewin 2:07.
The Free wheel section was won by Keith Staley followed by Chris Wells, Zak Machin, Jeff Slinn, Dan Partington Owen Heath & John Brewin.
Local riders heading for Round 4 of the Forme – Nott’s Derby Cyclo-Cross League at Bingham might have expected a sticky course following a week of persistent rain locally. This was not to be the case however, as the country East of Nottingham had had had very little rain in the week leading up to the race. The course was very dry, coupled with unseasonal hot sunshine and a very strong wind the races proved to be very fast events. Following the erection of a substantial metal fence running through the middle of the course the hosts, VC Nottingham, made a good job with the enforced course changes and they were still able to incorporate the renowned steep bank sections.
In the Under 12 class Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles riders Daniel Ward and Sam Parker produced their usual good races. Ward raced very hard from the gun and was up with the leaders for the whole race a close finish had him cross the line in 6th place which could so easily have been much closer to a podium spot. Parker was unlucky to be involved in a first lap crash on one of the banked sections the resultant delay and minor injury put him further down the field than he would have liked. He recovered well though and worked his way through the riders to cross the line in 14th place. The winner was series leader, George Cooper of Sherwood Pines Cycles Forme.
In the Veteran men’s class yet another full entry of riders saw the field quickly strung out over the length of the course with a number of crashes occurring during overtaking on the banked sections. Pascal Arnoux of Zepnat.com RT Lazer Helmets finished in 3rd position in the V55 class having had another very strong consistent ride. Robert Gower of Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles tried his hand for the first time in the same class and despite riding an uncompetitive mountain bike had a fine race to finish in 9th place. Hopefully a sign of good things to come. The winner in this closely fought class was Glenn Coltman of Pedal Power Loughborough. Adrian Waters of Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles had a rough ride with a serious of spills and mechanical problems with both cycles. He was fortunate enough though to cross the tape in 1st place in the V70 event.
It’s some time since Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles had a rider in the Senior mens class but Oliver Parker, father of Sam, looked well at home and had a very good race to finish in 24th place. The winner was professional rider Graham Briggs of JLT Condor.
In Round 5 of the Ridley Lazer West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League event at Baggeridge Park, Dudley organised by Halesowen A & CC. Daniel Ward was 6th in a very competitive race which had Alex Hart of Mid Shropshire Wheelers the winner.