M.I RACING were at the forefront of cycling in the UK last week as they hosted the toughest, longest and richest road race for veteran riders.
Starting and finishing in Kineton, the race, titled ‘Battle of Edge Hill’ had a first prize of £2,000 and took place in south Warwickshire – taking in steep climbs including Edge Hill.
The race not only included an overall winner, but also featured a King of the Mountains champion and King of the Sprints race winner.
The 96-mile challenge was fiercely contested from the start to finish with an eight rider group forming just prior to the climb of Sunrising Hill.
Strong winds failed to phase riders who weaved their way through the Warwickshire countryside in front of a sizable crowd.
Luton Cycling Club’s James Fox – who also had two team mates in the leading group – went on to win the race which sprung many a surprise as potential winners got caught out by the fast early pace.
Dave Watson finished best of the local riders, eventually claiming eighth spot having ridden the last half of the race chasing the leaders on his own.
Kenilworth’s Darren Atkins finished 11th while team mates Carl Sturgeon – better known as a cyclo-cross rider – managed 12th and Richard Allcock 13th.
Luton C.C. managed the double as they also picked up the Team Trophy, closely followed by Ride Coventry and M.I Racing in third.
Martin Smith of Dream Cycling scooped the King of the Mountains prize while Luton C.C celebrated more success when Mike Jackson won the Sprint.
The event is part of a seven race event promotion organised by M.I Racing throughout 2016.
The next round will take place on Friday (August 12) evening at the Adventure Centre off Woodloes Estate starting at 7pm.