IT WAS rare for Coventry-based M.I.Racing cycling club not to achieve one race victory over another busy weekend, but there were a series of podium finishes to celebrate in cyclo cross events across the UK.
In-form Kirby Bennet claimed yet another big scalp when he caught and finished ahead of world champion and team mate Phil Roach to finish third in the Nottingham and Derby cyclo cross event.
Bennet finished third behind former professional Tim Gould and over 60s world champion Steve Davies. Roach was suffering from a heavy cold and is expected to race in round three of the National Series in Durham.
In Cambridgeshire, Peter Busby finished second in the Eastern Series event at Grafham Water and currently leads the series.
Busby started the race towards the back of the grid but was soon up with the leaders and despite still suffering from a painful back following a nasty crash the week before, he was able to finish runner-up.
At the same venue, 68-year-old Barrie Mitchell kept M.I.Racing’s colours at the fore by also finishing runner-up in the 60+ race and team boss Mick Ives finished third in the race for riders aged 70 and over.
This Friday M.I.Racing will be holding their annual dinner and awards evening in Dunchurch where over 70 people, including team members and special guests, will be attending.
Plans are also under way for as M.I.Racing host the LVRC National Cyclo Cross Championship for the sixth time in seven years.
The event will be held on a new course near Warwick and has been scheduled to take place on December 28.