Phil Roach takes third in South Wales - The Coventry Observer

Phil Roach takes third in South Wales

Coventry Editorial 15th Jan, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

RIDERS for Coventry-based M.I.Racing were in action competing for medals once again over the week at the British Cycling Championships.

Last weekend several riders competed at the World Masters Cyclo Cross Championships in Switzerland and this weekend attentions turned to the British Cyclo Cross Championships at Abergavenny in South Wales.

World Masters Champion and reigning British Champion Phil Roach always knew it would be a tough battle to retain his title and that proved to be the case as he was forced to take third.

Roach led from the start and was joined by Tim Gould and Chris Young who are both multi-national champions in the past.

But at the start of lap two Roach lost the lead after slipping in the muddy conditions and his rivals pounced which forced him to take the bronze medal.

Roach also led his team into third in the team competition, with Pete Smith coming from the back of the starting grid to finish 23rd, while Tim Stowe crossed in 28th and Pete Busby claimed 34t after a very promising start.

In the championship for riders between the age of 40 and 49, Steve Knight led M.I.Racing to second place with a superb individual ride.

Knight was gridded well down the field and went through the start area in 50th place but he managed to force his way through the field up to tenth, while team mate Mark James finished 15th and Midland Series Champion Phil Blacker came five places behind in 20th.

This weekend M.I.Racing are expected to dominate the L.V.R.C National Championships at Misterton Hall where it is hoping Phil Roach and team boss Mick Ives will be riding.

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