Cycling: Coventry vets back in the old routine...
THE Coventry-based MI Racing-EAS veterans team made a flying start to the Percy Stallard national road race series with age group victories for local trio Mick Ives, Barrie Mitchell and John Bevan in the opening round at Claverdon.
Mitchell came out on top in a five-up sprint, while Ives and new member Bevan both finished well clear after solo breaks.
Leamington C&AC's Adam Smith strengthened his challenge for overall honours in the CTT-Rudy Project national time trial series with a win in the third round at Doncaster.
Smith covered a tough 13.4-mile circuit in 36-21 to win the disabled section by 1-07 from Keith Moore (Mid Anglia CC).
Bill Harris (Hinckley CRC) continued his good start to the time trial season by taking third place in the Elite CC '10' at Aythorpe Roding in Essex, clocking 21-51 behind winner Craig Simpson (Blue Sky Cycles), 21-03.
Howard Lewis (Coventry RC) took fifth place in the Fibrax Wrexham RC hilly '24' at Langollen, North Wales, in 1-09-42. The winner was Norman Hughes (Deeside Olympic), 1-06-07.
Rob Weare (55-40) of Coventry RC and Hinckley pair Joe Murray (56-04) and Mick Wills (56-42) tackled the North Midlands VTTA '25' at Ranby, where Ian Cammish (Sonic Cycles) was fastest overall in 52-59.
Coventry under-16 Adam Tranter (Merlin Development Squad) had two fourth-place finishes in successive days.
His first near miss came in the Kenilworth Wheelers meeting at Victoria Park, Leamington, in the under-16 race won by George Atkins (Welland Valley CC).
And, taking on senior riders, Tranter finished fourth overall and first youth in the race for third and fourth categories at Birmingham CC's circuit meeting, held at Waterside Business Park, Solihull, behind David Perry (Ashfield RC).
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