Kershaw excels on return to action at Lyme climb
WILL Kershaw, one of the many talented young riders in the Wheelers at the moment, has had some bad luck this season with a nasty fall resulting in a broken collarbone and a lengthy period off the bike.
However, Kershaw put all that behind him on Sunday when he put in a storming performance in his first competitive event, the Lyme RC Hill Climb on Mow Cop.
This climb is widely regarded as one of the toughest in the country with a finishing section of 25 per cent and the event always attracts a top-class field. None of this held any fears for Kershaw (above) who was the third-placed junior and 13th overall.
Matt Lawton, the current Wheelers Hill Climb champion, was competing in the latest round of the North West Cyclo-Cross League, held at Landgate Quarry near Oldham.
The course involved lots of climbing as well as a large amount of mud and Lawton was in his element, taking fourth place in the senior race.
Mark Rowson, Paul Herd and Mark Bethell competed in the veterans’ race with Rowson being the best finisher in 22nd place.
Tom Gamwell did well to finish the under-10s race, as did Robert Rowson in the youth race.
Chris Higgs continued her successful week at the World Masters Track Championships at the Manchester Velodrome, adding bronze medals in the scratch and points races to the bronze she won in the individual pursuit.
Away from the racing scene, many Wheelers were out and about this weekend enjoying the unseasonal sunshine.
Annick and Chris Cottom took part in the Chirk Audax from Stockport which covered much of the route of the Wheeler’s Chirk Express last week. Both covered the 200km well inside the time allowance.
Twenty Wheelers had a tough ride over to the Woodbine Café in Hope on Saturday and 19 – ably marshalled by John and Katherine Jackson – had a more leisurely ride to High Legh on Sunday for tea and cakes.