Track star Higgs shines on the road

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CY­CLING DAVID HIGHAM

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

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