Race tre­ble sees Quin hit top form

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CY­CLING DAVID HIGHAM

IT’S been a great week for Mac­cles­field Wheel­ers’ Chris Quin.

It started last Sun­day with Quin tak­ing his third win of the sea­son in the Stone Wheel­ers/Stafford RC road race at Audlem, out­sprint­ing the group of eight rid­ers who had bro­ken away from the main field.

He fol­lowed this up with a third place in the lat­est round of the Dave As­tles road race se­ries held on the Sid­ding­ton Cir­cuit.

Once again Quin was in a break­away group of eight rid­ers but was heav­ily marked and, although open­ing up the sprint, was over­taken on the line by two other rid­ers.

On Sun­day Quin was again in ac­tion at Sid­ding­ton, this time in the LVRC Steve Gut­teridge Me­mo­rial.

Al­ways an ag­gres­sive rider, Quin was in a group of five that broke away and main­tained such a re­lent­less pace that only one other rider was left to con­test the fin­ish and he was too tired to match Quin in the sprint.

The lat­est round of the Club 10 Mile Time Trial Cham­pi­onship saw Will Ker­shaw record his sec­ond win with a time of 21.45, ahead of Matt Burt (22.27) and Paul Fen­ton (24.19).

Jo Holden was the fastest Lady with 28.06.

Af­ter four rounds, Sian Hughes leads the hand­i­cap sec­tion from Matt Burt and Matt Yard­ley, with Matt Burt lead­ing the scratch com­pe­ti­tion from Matt Yard­ley and Paul Fen­ton.

Lynne Skellern only re­turned to racing a few weeks ago af­ter a gap of sev­eral years but on Satur­day won the hand­i­cap prize in the Duken­field 50 Mile time trial held at Chelford.

Paul Dean and Ant Lear trav­elled to Mal­lorca to ride the 312 Sportive.

The ride takes its name from the di­am­e­ter of the is­land in kilo­me­tres and re­quires par­tic­i­pants to com­plete the 194 miles and nearly 15,000 ft of climb­ing in less than 14 hours, an av­er­age speed of 14 mph. 4,500 rid­ers from all over Europe took part this year in cool and damp con­di­tions, which made some of the moun­tain de­scents tricky.

Dean and Lear com­pleted the moun­tain sec­tion, wit its twelve ma­jor climbs, at well above the re­quired av­er­age which they were ale to in­crease fur­ther over the fi­nal, flat­ter 50 miles, to fin­ish in 12 hours and 26 min­utes (an av­er­age speed of 15.6 mph).

Mike Knud­sen stayed closer to home when he tack­led the Fred Whit­ton Chal­lenge.

This is widely re­garded as one of the tough­est sportives in the world with a to­tal length of 112 miles, which in­cludes all the ma­jor Lake­land Passes – Kirk­stone, Hon­is­ter, New­lands, Whin­lat­ter, Hard­knott(with its feared 30 per cent gra­di­ents which de­feat cars, never mind cy­clists) and Wrynose.

Knud­sen was the sixth fastest rider on the day with a time of 6.07.32, by far the best per­for­mance by any Wheeler in this event.

Fri­day evening saw the Of­fi­cial Launch of Stage 3 of this year’s Tour of Bri­tain which will take place on 6 September.

Start­ing in Con­gle­ton, the stage will take in all the ma­jor towns in Cheshire East and fea­tures the climbs of the Brick­works at Pott Shrigley and the Cat of Fid­dle (which will be the high­est point of this years event).

This is a unique op­por­tu­nity to see the stars of world cy­cling at close quar­ters and a ma­jor boost for the lo­cal econ­omy.

There is a ded­i­cated web­site http:// cheshire­tourof­bri­tain. co.uk to en­able peo­ple, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups to get in­volved and keep up to date with devel­op­ments.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.