Wheelers thriving in busy period
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).