Week­end to re­mem­ber for Wheel­ers

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CY­CLING DAVID HIGHAM

MAC­CLES­FIELD Wheel­ers en­joyed an­other fan­tas­tic week­end with the high­lights prov­ing to be Chris Quin win­ning the TLI Na­tional Cir­cuit Race Champ­sion­ships in North Wales and Ruth Gamwell achiev­ing a per­sonal best for a 25 mile time trial.

Quin has been on tremen­dous form all sea­son and Sun­day con­firmed his place as one of the top rid­ers in the coun­try.

Held at Marsh Tracks, near Rhyl in North Wales, the Cir­cuit Race Cham­pi­onships are short - 1hr plus 5 laps – but very fast.

Two rid­ers went away af­ter about 20 min­utes of rac­ing and Quin at­tacked to bridge across to them.

Soon joined by last year’s Cham­pion, the group of four worked hard to keep the bunch at bay.

Com­ing into the fin­ish, the group had a com­fort­able half a lap lead on the bunch.

Quin led into the fi­nal cor­ner and sprinted hard for the last 150 me­tres to the line, keep­ing to the left so that any­one seek­ing to over­take would have to do so into the wind, and held off a strong chal­lenge to win by a bike length.

This was Quin’s sec­ond win of the week (and his third in suc­ces­sion and his sixth for the sea­son so far).

On Tues­day evening he had won the lat­est round of the Dave As­tles Me­mo­rial Road Race Se­ries at Sid­ding­ton af­ter a solo break.

Gamwell, a for­mer win­ner in1996 of the fa­mous Three Peaks Cy­clo Cross Race, is an ex­cel­lent time tri­al­ist (hav­ing won the na­tional Ju­nior Best All Rounder ti­tle) but had never pre­vi­ously man­aged a 25 mile time ‘un­der the hour.’

This changed on Satur­day when she rode the South Pen­nine Road Club Event on a course start­ing and fin­ish­ing near Et­wall, and recorded a time of 59 min­utes and 18 sec­onds.

The lat­est round of the Club 10 Mile Cham­pi­onship was held in tricky con­di­tions on Wed­nes­day evening, with a strong northerly wind mak­ing the re­turn leg from Con­gle­ton even harder than usual.

There was a new name at the top of the leader­board with Mark Hal­loway win­ning in 22 min­utes and 20 sec­onds from Dave Hughes (22.40) and Si­mon Holden (23.46).

Laura Maguire was the fastest Lady with Ben Rath­bone (26.28) and 16-year-old Louis Thomas-Mes­sen­ger (27.09) mak­ing promis­ing de­buts.

De­spite the con­di­tions, James Rus­sell man­aged a per­sonal best of 24.44. Sian Hughes cur­rently leads the Hand­i­cap Com­pe­ti­tion, with 72 points from five events, ahead of Matt Yard­ley (70 points) and Paul Fenton (65 points).

In the scratch com­pe­ti­tion, Matt Burt has 78 points, ahead of Paul Fenton (69 points) and Matt Yard­ley (66 points).

Show­ing that the Wheel­ers are not just about com­pe­ti­tion, nearly 20 rid­ers made the an­nual trip to Bish­ops Cas­tle in Shrop­shire, clock­ing up a 100 miles on both Satur­day and Sun­day.

Some 20 rid­ers also were out on the Satur­day Club Run to Rowsley, en­joy­ing The Peak Dis­trict scenery but not the 5,000 feet of climb­ing in­volved.

●● Chris Quin

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