Wheel­ers set up win over ri­vals

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CY­CLING DAVID HIGHAM

WITH the cy­cling sea­son in full swing, it’s been a busy pe­riod for Macc Wheel­ers.

The first leg of the an­nual Karl Austin in­ter­club 25-mile Cham­pi­onship saw them take on lo­cal ri­vals Con­gle­ton CC. Af­ter Con­gle­ton’s run­away vic­tory in last year’s com­pe­ti­tion, the Wheel­ers had some­thing to prove.

The com­pe­ti­tion is de­cided on the ba­sis of the ag­gre­gate time for the first six riders from the two clubs over the two legs.

Con­di­tions were very poor with strong winds but, de­spite this, Chris Quin took over­all vic­tory in the event with an ex­tremely im­pres­sive time of 56.56.

Dave Hughes, Alex Tay­lor, Roger Wrenn, Oliver John­stone and Ant Allan were the other coun­ters, giv­ing the Wheel­ers an ag­gre­gate of 6.11.56, against Con­gle- ton’s 6.20.08, to take into the sec­ond leg.

Thurs­day evening saw Dave Hughes and James Rus­sell com­pete in the Manch­ester Bi­cy­cle Club’s Moun­tain Time Trial on a course that went from the Cat and Fid­dle to All­g­reave and Flash, be­fore re­turn­ing to the Cat and Fid­dle.

Thank­fully the weather was much bet­ter than two days ear­lier and both Wheel­ers fin­ished in the top twenty, with Rus­sell fin­ish­ing in sec­ond place in his age cat­e­gory.

The wind had re­turned with a vengeance by the week­end and the War­ring­ton RC 50 mile time trial was held in near gale force winds.

De­spite this, Fred War­dle took more than five min­utes off his pre­vi­ous best time at this dis­tance to win the Hand­i­cap Com­pe­ti­tion.

Mike Knud­sen missed the worst of the wind by trav­el­ling to Peterborough to take part in the inau­gu­ral Tour of Cam­bridgeshire.

This was a qual­i­fy­ing event for this year’s World Mas­ters Cham­pi­onship to be held in Knud­sen’s home coun­try, Den­mark.

Knud­sen con­tin­ued his cur­rent good form by fin­ish­ing sixth in the time trial and fourth in the road sec­tion and easily qual­i­fied for the Cham­pi­onships.

The week­end also saw two epic rides by mem­bers of the Club. Pride of place must go to Phil Cun­ning­ham and John Jack­son who both rode a 376 mile Au­dax event which started in Poyn­ton and headed out to Hull be­fore turn­ing south through Lin­coln to Bos­ton and then re­turn­ing to Poyn­ton via Derby and Mar­ket Dray­ton. Cun­ning­ham com­pleted the ride in just un­der 24 hours of rid­ing with a to­tal of four hours of sleep.

Jack­son was slightly slower hav­ing de­cided to spend more time rest­ing and en­sure his qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the 750 mile ParisBrest-Paris later this year.

Paul Dean and Mo­ray Mac­Nee trav­elled to Port Tal­bot for the Dragon Ride Sportive, one of the most pop­u­lar – and hard­est – events in the cal­en­dar with 142 miles of rid­ing and 11,500 feet of climb­ing.

●● Tyther­ing­ton Ju­niors un­der 11s with the Failsworth Villa Tour­na­ment tro­phy

●● James Rus­sell

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