First road race win for vet­eran Wheeler Dave

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CY­CLING DAVE HIGHAM

PROV­ING you should never say never, vet­eran Mac Wheeler Dave Higham, who has sev­eral time trial suc­cesses to his credit in a rac­ing ca­reer that spans nearly five decades, won his first-ever road race in the LVRC event at the Dar­ley Moor mo­tor rac­ing cir­cuit, near Ash­bourne.

This is a tight and tech­ni­cal cir­cuit, with a cou­ple of chi­canes and a 180 de­gree bend, made more dif­fi­cult by its ex­po­sure to the wind.

Higham was in a two-man break­away, which formed just af­ter half-dis­tance. Work­ing well to­gether, the two held off the chas­ing bunch and Higham won the up­hill sprint by a cou­ple of lengths.

Chris Quin has been hav­ing his best sea­son for some years and his good form con­tin­ued when he rode the High On Bikes road race at Clieves Hill, near Orm­skirk.

Wear­ing the new club jersey in com­pe­ti­tion for the first time, Quin was in a break of nine that went clear af­ter two laps and built a lead of two min­utes by the last lap.

Quin at­tacked around the back of the cir­cuit and was joined by two other riders as they ap­proached the fin­ish with a 15-sec­ond ad­van­tage.

In the fi­nal up­hill sprint, Quin took an ex­cel­lent sec­ond place.

The sea­son-long Club 10 Cham­pi­onship came to an end re­cently, with Mike Stretch win­ning the fi­nal event in a time of 23.00, ahead of Mark Hal­loway (23.39) and Dave Hughes (24.01).

Although he did not ride the fi­nal event, Will Ker­shaw won both the over­all scratch and hand­i­cap com­pe­ti­tions.

In the scratch com­pe­ti­tion, he scored a per­fect 140 points, beat­ing Dave Hughes (133) and Oliver John­stone (125).

In the hand­i­cap sec­tion, his 123 points were too good for Paul Fenton (118) and Nigel Bird (114).

Paul Best

●● Chris Quin con­tin­ued his good form in the High On Bikes road race

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