Wheel­ers’ star Wrenn ex­cels in the ‘Gen­tle­men’s GP’

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - CY­CLING DAVE HIGHAM

THE sea­son is end­ing on a high note for Mac­cles­field Wheel­ers.

Not con­tent with record­ing the fastest time by a club mem­ber at 25 miles this sea­son, 70-year-old Roger Wrenn won the pres­ti­gious Johnny Helms Memo­rial 2-up 25 Mile Team Time Trial held at Chelford on Satur­day.

The event is held in the un­usual for­mat of a ‘GP des Gen­tle­men’.

One rider in the team is a veteran (the Gen­tle­man) and the other rider sets the pace for the first 24 miles be­fore the Gen­tle­man comes past for the fi­nal mile, and the re­sults are cal­cu­lated on the Gen­tle­man’s time.

Wrenn was teamed with Rob Hayes from Manch­ester Wheel­ers (pic­tured) in a top-class field that in­cluded rid­ers of the cal­i­bre of for­mer na­tional cham­pion and Tour de France rider Roger Ham­mond.

The day started out very wet and windy and, although the rain stopped just be­fore the off, the wind made for tricky con­di­tions on the twist­ing course with its poor road sur­faces.

The pair’s re­ward in­cluded a £500 prize plus a £300 char­ity do­na­tion, which they gave to East Cheshire Hospice.

Else­where, Chris­tine Higgs fol­lowed up her bronze medal in the in­di­vid­ual pur­suit in the Euro­pean Masters Track Cham­pi­onships at the New­port Velo­drome, with a bronze in the World Cham­pi­onships in Manch­ester at the week­end.

Higgs missed out on sil­ver by just two tenths of a sec­ond.

Wheel­ers Hill Climb Cham­pion Matt Law­ton took a top-30 fin­ish in the Mon­sal Hill Climb on Sun­day.

First held in 1930, this is the most pres­ti­gious event out­side the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships and at­tracts hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors to the 675-yard climb to Mon­sal Head with its av­er­age gra­di­ent of one in six.

Not con­tent with the Three Peaks last week, Mark Row­son and Mark Bethall trav­elled to Heaton Park for the lat­est round in the North West Cy­clo-Cross League, or­gan­ised by Manch­ester Wheel­ers.

Robert Row­son and Tom Bow­ers (the lat­ter rid­ing his first cy­clo-cross) also took part in the Youth and Ju­nior events.

For a bit of end-of­sea­son en­ter­tain­ment, 10 Wheel­ers rode non-stop from Mac­cles­field to Chirk and back on Sun­day, in a event nick­named the “Chirk Ex­press”.

The 10-strong group com­plet­ing the 112 miles at nearly 19.5 mph were Dave Wer­rell (who or­gan­ised the event and chose the route), Ant Al­lan, Phil Cun­ning­ham, Daniel O’Don­nell, Terry Hay­ward, David Higham, Gor­don Low, Mike Knud­sen, Tim Rush­bridge and James Rus­sell.

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