Wheel­ers thriv­ing in busy pe­riod

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CY­CLING DAVID HIGHAM

THIS has been a busy week for the Wheel­ers with sev­eral ex­cel­lent re­sults.

Pride of place must go to Mike Knud­sen who, on Mon­day at the Manch­ester Velo­drome, set a new Vet­eran’s Hour Record for his age group with a dis­tance of 43.944km, an im­prove­ment of 360m on the cur­rent record.

Knud­sen also in­tends to at­tempt the cor­re­spond­ing out­door record at the track in New­cas­tle-un­der­Lyme, be­fore head­ing to his na­tive Den­mark for the World Mas­ters Road Cham­pi­onship in early Septem­ber.

Ju­nior Will Ker­shaw added to his grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion with three great rides this week.

On Sun­day he took sec­ond place in The Manch­ester Wheel­ers Hilly Time Trial on a tough cir­cuit based on Mor­ridge, OneCote, Long­nor and Royal Cot­tage in a time of 57.07.

In the same event James Rus­sell recorded 1.04.48, Mal­colm Fowler (fresh, if that is the word, from rid­ing the route of this year’s Tour de France) 1.06.18 and Richard Thomas 1.09.56.

On Wed­nes­day, Ker­shaw won the sec­ond round of the Wheel­ers’ Hill Climb Cham­pi­onship, held on the Cat and Fid­dle, with a time of 23.49 beat­ing Ben Trot­ter (25.14) and Matt Law­ton (25.51).

This also gave Ker­shaw the over­all Cham­pi­onship ahead of last year’s win­ner Matt Law­ton and Mike Stretch. Sarah Lewis was the fastest Lady in 29.06, beat­ing Ruth Gamwell (31.02) and Daisey Pick­les (33.11) and also took the over­all Ladies Cham­pi­onship for the first time.

On Sun­day, Ker­shaw com­peted in the an­nual Parkin­son Road Races pro­moted by Jill Wes­ley on be­half of the Wheel­ers.

In Race 1 (for riders un­der age 45) Ker­shaw was in an early two man break and was later joined by Matt Law­ton and another rider.

The four worked well to­gether and held off the bunch to con­test the sprint be­tween them­selves with Law­ton fin­ish­ing sec­ond and Ker­shaw third.

In the other two races, Mike Knud­sen showed few ill ef­fects from his Hour Record by tak­ing 10th place in Race 2, with Mal­colm Fowler fin­ish­ing 26th. Race 3 for the over 55s fin­ished in a mass – and slightly chaotic - bunch sprint with Dave Higham fin­sh­ing 11th and Dave High 19th.

Long dis­tance spe­cial­ist John Jack­son trav­elled to Paris to tackle the Paris-BrestParis event.

This is the old­est long dis­tance event in the world and is held ev­ery four years. Riders have to qual­ify by rid­ing events of spe­cific dis­tances and the aim is to com­plete the 1200km in un­der a to­tal of 90 hours (which in­cludes time for sleep­ing).

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