Superb silver for Wheelers’ women

BRIGHT BEGINNINGS: Cross-country cycle racing team Renvale RT, has been launched with backing from Bury St Edmunds performance bike shop Revel Outdoors
BRIGHT BEGINNINGS: Cross-country cycle racing team Renvale RT, has been launched with backing from Bury St Edmunds performance bike shop Revel Outdoors
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West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club competed in the final event of the Eastern Cylco Cross League Season, the Team Championships held at Mistley on Sunday.

On a notoriously hilly, challenging and extremely windy course, clubs competed in teams of two or three.

Stand-out performances of the day came from first season novices Nicole Gregory and Jo Denny in the women’s team race held over 40 minutes.

Both rode tenaciously over a very demanding course against tough competition to be rewarded with second best women’s team club prize, in what was a superb effort.

Their club-mates were well represented among top-three team finishes elsewhere on the energy-sapping course.

Finishing off a very 
successful season’s racing, Sam Asker (riding with Great Yarmouth in a composite team) helped his team to finish third in the under-16 category and a fine ninth individual overall.

Brother Matt placed 35th in the same race with Fraser Elsworth 40th.

In the senior race, Mike Bowen teamed up with local rider Richard Muchmore in another composite team, with Richard powering around to finish first overall, followed by Bowen in third, to earn first team placing.

In the same race, Malcolm MacFarlane (43rd) and Adrian Grimwood suffered identical mechanical problems, with Adrian forced to retire.

Another gutsy performance from Paul Watson saw him finish 10th overall.

Meanwhile, Matt Denny (50th), James Asker (53rd) and debutante Jeremy Watson (54th) performed well in the seniors.

Rounding off the event, Thomas Macro (13th) and Lianna Denny (27th) rode with great enthusiasm in the under-12 race.

In the under-10 race, Harley Gregory (12th overall and first under-8), Oliver Griggs (16th) and Alfie Simpson (19th) will be pleased with their efforts.

n Meanwhile, a cross-country cycle racing team, Renvale RT, has been launched in East Anglia with support from the motor racing industry and Bury St Edmunds based performance bike shop Revel Outdoors.

The five-strong team, which has been kitted out with new Cannondale mountain bikes and team clothing from Pactimo, gave the bikes their first test in Thetford Forest on Saturday under the watchful eye of Revel Outdoors owner Jamie Wightman and team mechanic Mike Stoveld.

Captained by Steve James, who is also Commercial Director of team sponsor Renvale, the team will compete at National XC level and in the National Championships.

James, an Elite XC rider, will be joined by William Cheaney, Matt Dennis, Simon Ernest and Ian Mockett.

“Renvale decided to sponsor a Professional Cross Country Race Team because of the close links between Formula 1 and cycling,” explained James.

“The technology coming into cycling now has a great synergy to Renvale’s main business of electrical and electronic parts in F1.

“Technological advances such as electronic gear shifting, power measuring and wireless systems can all be found on racing cars and are now becoming the norm for top-end bikes either on the road or off-road.”