Track star Higgs shines on the road
MACCLESFIELD Wheelers were in action at two National Championships held over the weekend. Christine Higgs is best known as a track rider and has multiple World, European and National titles to her name in that discipline.
However, she is also a more than useful rider on the road and, on Saturday, at Newton Longville in Buckinghamshire, she added the British Cycling Masters Road Race Championship to her palmares.
Roger Wrenn travelled to Hull to ride in the Veterans National Time Mile Championship held on the course that Bradley Wiggins used recently in his (unsuccessful) attempt on the national 10-mile record.
As so often this season, conditions were less than ideal with a nagging wind but, competing against riders 30 years younger, Wrenn recorded 21.52 to finish ninth overall.
The latest round of the season long Club 10 Mile Championship was held in wet and windy conditions on Wednesday evening.
As a result, times were slower than in recent weeks.
Dave Hughes was the winner with a time of 23.28, ahead of Ant Allan (24.52) and Oliver Johnstone (25.58).
Paul Fenton still leads the Handicap Competition from Laura Maguire and Nigel Bird.
Wrenn heads the Scratch Competition from Will Kershaw and Dave Hughes.
Paul Fenton, along with fellow Wheeler Mike Calamanan, was part of the team of three radiographers from Macclesfield Hospital who cycled nearly 200 miles from London to Paris in less than 24 hours this weekend to raise £5000 for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.
Setting off from Westminster Bridge at 1600 on Saturday they cycled the 60 miles to Newhaven to catch the midnight ferry to Dieppe, before riding the 130 miles to Paris to finish well within their target. If you wish to contribute to the appeal there is a web page www.justgiving.com/xray/
The Wheelers had six riders entered in the two races held on Sunday around the Bole Hill circuit just outside Buxton.
With the major climb of Bole Hill every lap, together with several other smaller climbs and rough road surfaces, this is one of the toughest circuits in the country.
The cold, wet and windy conditions that greeted the riders meant that only the very strongest made it to the finish. Ben Trotter and Ant Allan both finished the Elite 71-mile event.
Mike Knudsen and Will Kershaw finished the 45 mile version, with Kershaw – still only a Junior – showing once again that he is one to watch for the future by finishing in 10th place.
●● The team of radiographers from Macclesfield Hospital in Paris, raising money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust
●● Christine Higgs, left
●● Roger Wrenn