Cyclo-Cross wins for Team Jewson M.I.Racing

Amazing performance by Kenilworth’s Darren Atkins, Team Jewson’s leading Cyclo Cross Rider seems to have found the best form of his racing career, this winter with 7 victories already under his belt. They say “Like father like son” well Darrens father, John Atkins is considered the finest Cyclo Cross rider the U.K. has ever produced, and now there seems no way in stopping Darren. Already the leader of the National Trophy series, he gave a brilliant demonstration of his form this weekend. Dashing from working in his Cycle Shop in Coventry on Saturday morning, he competed in the Rapha event at Misterton Hall, Nr Lutterworth, on Saturday afternoon, taking on the countries top senior and veteran riders, and coming away with a well earned victory, before dashing back to work. Then on Sunday afternoon he was back again at Misterton Hall to compete in the Midland series Senior and Veteran under 50 race. Giving the Seniors 1 minute start Darren was half way through the field by the completion of the first lap, using a larger and faster course than on the Saturday race, and looked certain to repeat last weeks performance where he caught all of the seniors well before the end of the event. This time he happened to puncture a rear wheel, whilst hopping over the 2 hurdles, and having just past the official pits area, was forced to ride on a flat tyre for ¾ of a lap, before getting to his spare cycle, and having to work his way through the field once again, briefly being overtaken by team mate Steve Knight. Once aboard his new...

Jewson’s U.K.top Veteran wins again

Team Jewson M.I.Racing Thule, once again provided the winner of the Midland Cyclo Cross event at the weekend, organised by Solihull C.C., Nr Elmdon, Birmingham BUT with a difference. Kenilworth’s Darren Atkins, was in a class of his own starting 1 minute behind the Senior race, Darren had already dropped all of the Veteran’s over 40 class field, by the end of the first lap, and had closed the 1 minute, on half of the senior field as well. He continued to excel over the very muddy and slippery conditions, to make it look so easy, catching the leading senior at ¾ distance, and riding clear for a fantastic victory, making his younger rivals look second class. Normally Atkins would be scrapping it out with his former British Champion team mate Steve Knight, but such was the performance he gave that this time Knight who rode strongly to take 2nd place veteran, finished 3 ½ mins behind Atkins, Jewson team mates Lorenzo Buratti finished in 7th place and Phil Blacker, suffering with a heavy cold in 10th place. In 2 weeks time Atkins defends his British Trophy series lead at Ipswich, and on this form, it will take a brilliant performance by other riders to stop him winning again. In the race for Veteran riders 50 and over Peter Busby (Coventry) riding his first ever Cyclo Cross race finished a brilliant 11th, not far behind his new team mate Phil Roach 6th (Rugby), who was using the race as a training race, with “bigger fish to fry” this season, having already won Rd 1 of the National Trophy series for...

Amazing Cycle Race results for Team Jewson

It just gets better for Team Jewsons M.I.Racing Thule, Veteran Cyclo Cross squad. For the 4th weekend running the team have produced the first 3 riders in the 40+ Veterans race in the Midland series (the hottest cyclo cross area in U.K.) this time at the Wolverhampton Wheelers promotion at Allesley Stadium, Wolverhampton. Kenilworth’s Darren Atkins was in fantastic form to win the race by almost 2 ½ minutes, from his teammates former British Champion Steve Knight, and Phil Blacker, what was even more impressive was that Team Jewson provided Lorenzo Buratti in 6th place and Stratfords Brian Tear in 8th place. To have 5 riders in top 8 places is unheard of. not too far behind was newcomer to the sport, Alan Buxcey (Coventry) in 15th place. So impressive was Atkins performance, he caught the whole of the Senior race except the first 2 riders, who finished just in front of him, the seniors start 1 minute ahead of the 40+ Veterans. It doesn’t end there, Stratfords Martine Verweij continued her dominance of the Ladies section with yet another brilliant victory, John Gaberial (Hinckley) finished 2nd in the 60+ race, and Tim Stowe (Wellesbourne) finished 4th in the 55+ race. First victory for new season signing Phil Roach (Rugby) when he completely out classed the race for riders 50 and over, at the same meeting the Welsh Veteran Champion, finished 4th in the UCI World Championships in America in January, and has joined the Jewson Team replacing former National Champion, Steve Davies,who races for a local team now, down in Devon where he lives. Roach will target the British Championships a race he dearly wants to win, as well...

Clean sweep for Team Jewson

For the 3rd week in a row, Team Jewson M.I.Racing Thule have provided the first 3 riders in the Midlands Cyclo Cross series for Veteran riders. On Sunday the event was held at Cannock Chase and the winner was former British Senior and Veteran National Champion Steve Knight. Knight, flew round the technical circuit, beating team mate and winner of the first 2 events Kenilworth’s Darren Atkins, with team mate Phil Blacker in 3rd place for the 3rd week running, needless to say the 3 riders are now dominating the Midland series. Just a small way down was Lorenzo Buratti, in 10 th place and Brian Tear (Stratford) riding his first event of the season in 12th place. John Gabriel, Hinckley member of the team won the over 60 race. In the Ladies race Martine Verweij (Stratford) finished 2nd, and in the Senior Veteran race (50+) Time Stowe (Wellesbourne) finished 2nd, Down in Haverfordwest in S.Wales, Jewson rider Mark James continued to dominate the Welsh Veteran Cyclo Cross series, finishing 1st Veteran and 5th overall . And at Hillingdon, Pete Smith finished 2nd after being outsprinted by National Champion Mike Bell, in Rd 1 of the Central Cyclo Cross series. Switching from a very successful Road Racing season, Hinckley’s Mike Twelves, proved that he can also turn out a brilliant Time Trial, when he recorded 22 mins 23 secs in the Coventry Road Club, open 10 mile Time Trial held in very blustery conditions, In 2 weeks time Twelves take part in the LVRC National Time Trial Championships at Napton, sponsored by Jewson and organised by M.I.Racing along with several other members of the...

Outstanding performances in international events

Two of Team JewsonM.I.Racing’s top members performed with distinction abroad, against some of the top athletes in the world. Coventry’s Samantha Anderson, represented Team G.B. in the World Durathlon Championships in Nancy France, finishing a brilliant 6th. Sam, who holds down a full time job, was competing against many full time athletes, making her performance even more outstanding. Samantha, didn’t know if she would be able to compete until the last minute, as some 6 weeks ago, she suffered a knee injury which reduced her training and more recently crashed on loose gravel requiring hospital treatment in a warm up event at Worcester. However, things went well and she was able to make the quick dash over to France to compete. The Cycle section was reduced to 38 km and the Running sections increased to 11km instead of 10km, and 6km instead of 5 km, to make up the correct overall distance. Running is her weakest discipline, so the result may have been even better had the normal distances been observed! Samantha came out of the first Run in 9th position, and moved up to 6th place after the Cycle section, and held onto that position to the finish a really impressive performance. Her final event of the season, will be an International Triathlon in Malta on 7th October. Team Mate Greg Ashley from Rugby, was also active abroad Greg was representing Gt Britain in the World Railway Championships in the Czech Republic. Great Britain, sent its strongest ever team of 6 to the Championship. A 3 stage event, on the 1st Stage a 65 km Team Time Trial, over a very tough circuit,...