Atkins takes the lead in Championship series

Kenilworth’s Darren Atkins, riding for Coventry based “Team Jewson M.I.Racing Thule” has regained the lead in the National Cyclo Cross series, following a masterly display in round 3 of the season long series, held at the weekend at Southampton.following weeks of rain, it was a surprise to find the course fast and dry,all of which suited Darren, who started the race in 2nd place overall following his only defeat of the season in round 2 at Ipswich 2 weeks ago, where he finished a close 3rd,having won Rd 1 in Abbergavenny, S.Walesthis time he, he made no mistakes, and pushed the Rd 2 winner back into 6th place,, which meant he has opened up a handy gap in the overall positions, and will now go into Rd 4 at South Shields in 2 weeks time, as Series Leader.once again confirming him as the U.K.’s Leading Veteran Cyclo Cross rider. Team MatePhil Roach from Rugbyonce again finished in 2nd place in the race for riders 50+, and is still in 2nd place overall in that series, he also will be in action at South Shields in 2 weeks time. Just hours before both Atkins and Roach, had attended the Team Jewson M.I.Racing Dinner and Awards Evening at the Dunchurch Park Hotel, Dunchurch, Nr Rugby, with over 60 Guests, Chief Guest were Mr Alan Rushton M.D. Sport for Television, and David Harman Eurosport Commentator. Special Awards were made to Tim Stowe (Wellesbourne) – Mt Bike Champion Derrick Woodings – Track Champion Darren Atkins – Cyclo Cross Champion Barrie Mitchell – Time Trial Champion Samantha Anderson – Lady Triathlon Champion Greg Ashley...

Another Championship Victory for Atkins

The big Cyclo-Cross at the weekend was the Inter Regional Championships held at Milton Keynes, In the Veteran Championships, 3 of the Teams riders were selected to represent the Midland region. And their combined effort brought them home in 2nd place in the Team Championship, But the ride of the day, was that of Kenilworth’s Darren Atkins, fresh from his first defeat of the season last weekend, Atkins trashed the U.K’s best with a masterly display of skill and fitness, on the very tricky and slippery course, to take yet another major victory in what is turning out to be his best ever season. Team mate Steve Knight finished in 11th place after a very slow start and he was followed by Phil Blacker in 12th place. In the senior race Jewson rider Mark James represented Wales. Blacker had just a few hours earlier won the L.V.R.C. promotion at Baggeridge Park, Nr Wolverhampton, winning by over 1 ½ minutes on a very tough and muddy course, and clearly showing that he is back to almost his best, after several weeks troubled by a heavy cold, it was a good day for the team in some ways, with Wellesbourne’s Tim Stowe also troubled by persistent colds, finishing in 4th place, it would have been third had he not punctured with 1 ½ lap to go. Tim won the 55+ age cat as well, and just behind was team mate Peter Busby (Coventry) in 6th place, and 2nd 50 + rider, in 16th place was Barrie Mitchell (Marton). Not so good for Jewson rider Lorenzo Burratti, he crashed very heavily at ¾ distance on a very...