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Comb is successful but Waters again hit by cold

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

Mercia H.B.M Meeting at Burton Town Hall..Lauren Sleigh

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MERCIA CC’s Tom Comb celebrated his first win of the road racing season when he finished first in the Category Four Senior event held over 40km at Mallory Park last Tuesday evening.

As last year, Joshua and Bailey Waters went over to the Isle of Man to compete in the Isle of Man Youth Tour.

Unfortunately, Joshua had a heavy cold, the same as last year.

The tour started with a short time trial which was less than two minutes in which Joshua finished in 15th place and Bailey 60th.

Next was a 23-mile road race over a very hilly circuit.

Joshua broke away with another rider to gain an 18-second lead when the race was stopped due to a big crash in the girls race.

The boys race was restarted, but Joshua and his racing partner were not given the 18-second advantage, much to their disappointment.

So Joshua finished in 15th place.

Bailey fared even worse, being put into a ditch after only 50 metres of the race being restarted.

He rode on very well in a small group to finish in 55th place out of 80 finishers.

The final race was a flat criterium over 22 miles.

Neither of them made an impression and came in with the main group.

The overall winner was Mathew Walls (Velocity WD-40).

On returning to the mainland, Joshua finished in 13th place in the senior race for second and third category riders over 50km at Mallory Park – a good result as he rode on restricted gears.

The winner was Adam Kenway (Team Zenith Buzz Cycles).

The Waters brothers plus Lauren Sleigh (pictured above) also rode in the Lichfield City CC races held on the Curborough Sprint course.

In the under-16 race over 45 minutes plus three laps Joshua broke away with two other riders to lap the field one the 1km circuit.

Still suffering from his heavy cold he was beaten into second place by Tom Chandler (Nottingham Clarion CC). Bailey finished in 17th place and Lauren completed the race. Thirty two riders finished the race.

Mercia’s time trialists did well in the South Pennine Road Club’s 25-mile time trial on the A50 between Etwall and Uttoxeter.

Due to the very wet conditions, out of an entry of 134 riders only 57 completed the time trial.

Fortunately, Mercia had five riders finishing the event, with the fastest three winning the team prize. Their combined time was only four seconds faster than the Walsall Roads CC.

Jason Seabridge timed 54mins 04secs to finish in 17th place, while Jack Hugill timed 54:53 on a fixed gear to finish in 24th place.

The third counter was Ben Startin, timing 58:31 to finish in 45th place.

Matt Simons timed 1:00:04 and Tony Marlow 1:05:03.

The fastest rider was Matt Bottrill (wwwdrag2zero.com) who timed 48:04. Bottrill was over two minutes faster than the second-placed rider.

FIVE club members competed in the South Pennine Road Club’s Thursday evening 10-mile club event on the Etwall-Foston course.

The fastest rider overall was Phil Kilpatrick timing 21:19 (a personal best), while Hugill timed 21:39, Startin 22:24 (also a personal best), Marlow 24:40 and James Allen 24:56.

Meanwhile, 21 riders signed on to ride the 10-mile modified evening club event on the Anslow circuit.

The start and finish are now on the quieter Hanbury Road near Anslow Church.

The course is half a mile shorter which is reflected in the faster times.

Two riders failed to start due to a puncture and a pulled muscle.

The riders times were: Jason Seabridge 24:21, Joshua Waters (Sherwood Pines SRAM) 24:53, Phil Kilpatrick 25:41, Peter Collins 26:04, Robert Gower 27:11, Jason Rowe 28:02, Oliver Parker 28:36, Andy Chambers 29:38, Tony Marlow 29:52, Steve Collier 29:55, Mark Eccleston 31:14, Robert Monaghan 31:45, Gary Bush 31:53, Adrian Waters 32:28, Phil Jones 32:28, Matt Long 32:37, Lauren Sleigh 38:22 and Peter Rose 41:20.

The first four on handicap were Joshua Waters 21:53. Robert Monaghan 22:30, Matt Long 22:37 and Tony Marlow 22:37.

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