Season gets off to a good start

Cycling. Picture (c) Ian Tunnicliffe
Cycling. Picture (c) Ian Tunnicliffe

Riders from Team MK were competing all over the region last weekend as the road-racing season got underway.

Four Team MK riders, Andrew Lowe, Tim Bailey, Mark Ellis and Andrew Cross travelling over to Winslow to compete in the Spring Chicken road race which saw 80 riders starting.

Unfortunately for Andrew Cross, he had mechanical issues early in the race and dropped down the order. Tim mounted an attack was involved in an accident and couldn’t continue.

As the bunch wound up for the sprint to decide the remaining places Mark came down but Andrew Lowe managed 18th place overall.

Team MK was out in force in the first of the early season Circuit races at the MK Bowl with seven riders rolling out for the start.

The home riders were strongly placed with a train of five riders near the front before Colin Ingram, Aleck Hornshaw and Toby Maloy were forced to run wide and off the track.

Josh Vinden just missed the carnage but had to come from a long way back to contest the sprint, finishing 6th.

The women’s race was next to take place and after being given dispensation to ride the senior event, 15-year-old Lauren Murphy took 2nd place, with Christine White finishing in 7th.

Lauren returned a few hours later to win the U16 girls race, with Elizabeth Shirley in 7th. Thomas Zygo (U14) came seventh, Archie Peet (U12) just outsprinted Joel Corbishley to take 4th place, Jude Chamberlain (U10) finished 6th, and Connor MacArthur (U8)took 3rd with Isla Bohannon winning the girls race. Jessica Lea was 3rd.