Race treble sees Quin hit top form
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.