Stretch gets away in sprint fin­ish

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - CY­CLING DAVE HIGHAM

MAC­CLES­FIELD Wheel­ers were out in force for the club’s an­nual pro­mo­tion of the Parkin­son Road Race, held over five laps of a cir­cuit around Sid­ding­ton, Lower Withing­ton and Hulme Warfield.

Twelve Wheel­ers were on the start line with many more giv­ing up their Sun­day to stand out in the wind and the rain to mar­shall the event, or to help out with ad­min­is­tra­tion and re­fresh­ments.

Mike Stretch and Chris Quin scored an im­pres­sive one-two in the first of the three races, having been part of a six-man break­away for most of the race.

Stretch, who doesn’t re­gard him­self as a sprint spe­cial­ist, went from a long way out on the up­hill fin­ish and just man­aged to hold off a rapidly clos­ing Quin.

Ant Al­lan was eighth and Matt Law­ton 12th.

In the sec­ond race, Mike Knud­sen was 13th in his first road race, with Si­mon Mor­ris 15th.

In the fi­nal race, Dave Higham missed the race-win­ning break but man­aged to get clear of the bunch with two other rid­ers on the fi­nal lap to fin­ish ninth. Mick O’Con­nor was un­able to con­test the bunch sprint be­cause of cramp.

As the road cy­cling sea­son en­ters its fi­nal cou­ple of months, the Wheel­ers’ 10-mile and Hill Climb cham­pi­onships have been de­cided.

The 10-mile Cham­pi­onship is based on plac­ings in the best seven events out of a pos­si­ble 15.

In the hand­i­cap sec­tion, it was good to see one of the club’s new­est re­cruits – Daisy Pick­les – tak­ing the hon­ours ahead of two other new mem­bers, Mal­com Fowler and Scott Wil­son. Pick­les re­duced her best from more than 30 min­utes at the start of the sea­son, to just over 26 min­utes by the end.

In the scratch com­pe­ti­tion, ex­pe­ri­enced roadmap Chris Quin showed that he can time trial just as well, scor­ing a per­fect 140 points by win­ning all seven events he rode and join­ing the se­lect group of rid­ers who have beaten 22 min­utes for the course.

An­other new mem­ber, Oliver John­stone was sec­ond and un­lucky to have en­coun­tered Quin in such dev­as­tat­ing form.

How­ever, John­stone can look back on a suc­cess­ful first sea­son and a per­sonal best of 22.56.

Third place was a tie between Ant Al­lan, an­other road­man turn­ing his tal­ents to time tri­al­ing, and ev­er­green vet­eran Roger Wrenn.

The Hill Climb Cham­pi­onship is de­cided by plac­ings on the two very dif­fer­ent climbs of Pyms Chair and the Cat and Fid­dle.

Pyms Chair is a short but ex­tremely steep climb, favour­ing the lighter rider, whereas the Cat is much longer, less steep and there­fore ad­van­tages the more pow­er­ful rider.

Matt Law­ton came out on top in both events with Al­lan (left) sec­ond over­all and Ben Trot­ter third.

Pick­les added to her pal­mares by beat­ing Laura Maguire in the Ladies sec­tion.

Alex Tay­lor re­turned to time trail­ing this sea­son af­ter a se­ri­ous back in­jury and com­pleted his first 50-mile event at the week­end.

He could have cho­sen an eas­ier event than the Con­gle­ton CC pro­mo­tion, which was held over three laps of the test­ing Chelford cir­cuit, and con­di­tions were made harder by the strong wind.

Tay­lor did ex­cel­lently to record 2hr 12.44min. ALL reg­is­tered mem­bers of the Mac­cles­field Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion are in­vited to en­ter the Neck­wear Cup com­pe­ti­tion, to be held on Sun­day, Au­gust 31 at Mac­cles­field Bowl­ing Club, Vic­to­ria Road.

This is a mixed com­pe­ti­tion and en­tries to be made as in­di­vid­u­als. Start time is 10am.

To en­ter con­tact Viv Hamp­ton on 01625 511115 by 6pm on Thurs­day, Au­gust 28.


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