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Cycling: Family fortunes for Mercia pair

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

TOP OF HIS CLASS .... Josh Waters won at Curborough.

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MERCIA Cycling Club's Sean Sleigh and his daughter Lauren both competed on the Curborough sprint circuit in Royal Sutton Cycling Club's second even

Lauren again finished in third place in the 25-minute race for under-16 girls. The winner was Phoebe Martin (Lichfield City CC).

In the third and fourth category senior race over one hour and five laps, Sean finished in fifth place to put another five points on his racing licence. Andy Collis (Bicicielo Cycling Club) won the race.

It was the turn of Joshua Waters (Sherwood Pines Cycles SRAM RT) to race in the third set of races organised by the Royal Sutton Cycling Club's at Curborough.

It was back to winning ways by finishing first in the youth under-16 25 minute race, out-sprinting Daniel Minor (Lyme RC).

Conditions in the Belper Bicycle Club 25-mile time trial on the A50 between Etwall and Uttoxeter were not conducive to fast times.

Even so, Jason Seabridge still did an excellent time of 52.29 to finish in 30th place out of a full entry of 120 riders.

Jack Hugill finished in 61st position with a time of 54.29 on fixed gear. Matthew Bottrill (www.drag2zero.com) was the winner again, well under the 50-minute mark in 46.56.

Matt Simons travelled to Princethorpe in Warwickshire to ride in Coventry Cycling Club's 25-mile hilly time trial with an entry of 53 riders

Simons finished in 24th place with a time of 1.01.39. Mathew Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles) was the only rider under 50 minutes in 49.06 to win the time trial.

Due to the thundery, wet conditions, only eight riders competed in the club's 25-mile Championship on the A515 between Yoxall and Constitution Island near Lichfield

The winner was Seabridge in 56.10 – a new course record. Second was Ben Startin in 1.00.34 and third was Rob Gower in 1.03.07 (and first on handicap in 53.07 to win the Sheila Wain Memorial Trophy).

The rest of the times were Phil Mulligan (Lichfield City CC) 1.03.44, Simon Parker 1.06.17, Oliver Parker 1.08.23, Andy Burton 1.09.00 and Jeff Slinn 1.09.31.

Three Mercia members competed in the South Pennine Road Club's evening 10-mile time trial. Jack Hugill was the fastest of the 17 riders in 21.44, Tony Marlow timed 24.49 and Anne Staley 26.44.

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