Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles report 13.06.19.
Two riders with Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles took part in the UCI Tour of Cambridgeshire Chrono TT over 16miles. The event where the best riders in each age category qualify for the UCI World Chrono Championships later this year in Poland.
Lee Aston finished in 12th place in his very competitive age category with a finishing time of 38 minutes 01 seconds to comfortably qualify for the World Championships behind age froup winner Stepphan Jouffrey of La Tronche Velo Sport. Anne Staley rode to an excellent 2nd place in her age category to again qualify for a trip to Poland and only 21 sec behind age group winner Alison Vessey.
A new event on the cycling calendar was the Birmingham City Centre cycling for all day. All types of cycling were catered for from fun rides to full on races. Mercia CC-Lloyds Cycles youth riders, Zak Machin in the U14 category and Daniel Ward in the Under 12. The course including tight bends suited both riders with Machin continuing his season’s rich vein of form where he produced his usual tactics of pushing the other riders hard throughout a hard, fast race. His efforts were rewarded with a fine 2nd place close behind the winner Tomas Pattinson of Halesowen A & CC.
Ward struggled to pass some riders on the tight circuit but still produced a good ride to finish in 13th place behind the winner, George Cooper of Sherwood Pines Cycles Forme.
Credit to all Youth riders for racing at the latest round of the Mallory Park Youth Circuit races where the weather was probably worse than could be expected at a mid-winter meeting as the rain lashed Leicestershire racing circuit. All of the riders tried to ignore inclement weather and put on a terrific race which was won by Josh Jackson of The MI Racing Academy. Zak retained the overall series lead when finishing in 4th place.
Mercia also run 10mile TT events on a Thursday evening on the Sudbury/Doveridge course. Despite only five riders competing the event was highlighted by 12 year old Zak Machin competing. Lee Aston was the winner in a time of 23.25 but he was very closely followed by the young Machin in a terrific time of 24.17. Ben Startin timed at 24.22 with Jeff Slinn on 25.09 & Keith Staley 26.17.