"Last season Chris Higgs won gold at the national, European and World Masters Championships and she looks likely to repeat that success this season. In the National Championship held at the Newport Velodrome, Chris won gold in four events: the 500m time trial, the 10k scratch race, the 2k pursuit and the 10k points. Higgs is now in training for the European Championship which will be held at the Manchester Velodrome at the end of the month so readers will have the chance to see her in action.
Not to be outdone, Carole Sherrin rode the Drighlington 25 in Yorkshire on Saturday. Conditions were hot, humid and windy but Sherrin achieved a season’s best of 1.08.20 and was third in the ladies event.
Sunday saw Dave Higham and Steve Jackson tackle the Veterans National 100 mile Championship held this year on local roads around Knutsford, Chelford, Congleton and Holmes Chapel. This is by some margin one of the hardest 100 mile events in the calendar and was made tougher this year by a variety of incidents including a lorry spilling diesel all over the road near Holmes Chapel, an abnormal load also getting stuck outside Holmes Chapel requiring some cyclo cross skills from competitors as they had to ride on the grass verge rather than the road, and loose livestock on the course. Higham won his second gold medal of the season taking the award for the 50-59 age group with 4.28.45 with Jackson recording 4.36.25 but showing considerable courage in riding at all after a bout of food poisoning.
As predicted in last week’s report, Alex Taylor and Warren Jackson moved to the top of the handicap and scratch categories (respectively) in the Club 10 mile championship after this week’s event. Taylor achieved his best ever placing in a club event – and a new personal best – when he took second place with 23.21 less than a minute behind winner Steve Burke (22.27). Jackson was third with 23.43, followed by John Sanders (25.04) and Colin Lynch (25.07). Taylor is now 16 points ahead of Matt Duck – who is three points ahead of Tim Russbridge – in the handicap competition. Jackson is 14 points ahead of Kevin Walford in the scratch competition with Duck in third place, a further 4 points behind."
Sorry about the delay in posting this but I just had to go to bed after the 100. Still have no idea how Alf Hilton did a 3.56.16 on that course. Thanks to Carole and Chris for their contributions and well done both.