Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles report 24.05.19.
Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles Under 14 rider, Zak Machin has continued with this seasons road racing good form. At the last two rounds of the Mallory Park Youth Circuit races Machin took 3rd place in the first event with Adam Lea of Team Milton Keynes in first place. He went one better the following week taking 2nd place behind Ryan Williams of Peak RC. Importantly the good placings have kept him in the hunt for the overall series championship being just half a point behind the current leader.
Machin also rode at the popular purpose built cycle racing circuit at Shrewsbury. This venue is always well supported with racing/training available throughout the year with floodlighting if necessary. The race quickly developed with a leading bunch containing Machin fighting throughout for the podium places. At the finish it came down to a bunch sprint up the incline to the chequered flag. Tomas Pattinson was the winner with Machin very close behind in 3rd place.
Daniel Ward Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles Under 12 rider has been well placed in the Mountain Bike races he has taken part in this year and this continued at Round 3 of the HSBC UK National Cross Country Series held at Cannock Chase. Starting on the 3rd row of the grid in a packed field, Ward had a lot to do to gain a place in the top ten. Riding with skill and aggression, and in a determined mood, he moved through the field to finish in 6th place which will move him to a better grid position in the next race of the series.
Mercia’s evening Time Trial held over 10 miles on the Anslow circuit took place on a warm evening with good wind conditions. David Clarke riding a road bike was the quickest in the time of 24:20. Andy Wray was close behind with a time of 24:25 (=2nd on handicap). Other riders times were as follows and all Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles. Erik Voronovich 25:03 (1st on handicap), Ben Startin 25:42, Jeff Slinn 26:41. Keith Staley 28:06, Liam Mewis (Youth & =2nd on Handicap) 28:40, Tony Marlow 29:22, Dave Baines 31:07 & at one lap, David Peters 19:33.