M.I RACING was at the forefront of cycling in the UK last week as it hosted the toughest, longest and richest road race for veteran cyclists.
Starting and finishing in Kineton, the Battle of Edgehill race had a first prize of £2,000 and took place in south Warwickshire – taking in steep climbs including Edgehill.
The race not only included an overall winner, but also featured a King of the Mountains champion and King of the Sprints race winner.
The 96-mile challenge was fiercely contested from start to finish as an eight-rider group formed just prior to the climb of Sunrising Hill.
Competitors were unfazed by strong winds as they weaved their way through the Warwickshire countryside in front of a sizeable crowd.
Luton Cycling Club’s James Fox – who had two team-mates in the leading group – went on to win the race which sprung many a surprise as potential winners got caught out by the fast early pace.
Dave Watson finished best of the local riders, eventually claiming eighth spot having ridden the last half of the race chasing the leaders on his own.
Kenilworth’s Darren Atkins finished 11th while team-mates Carl Sturgeon – better known as a cyclo-cross rider – managed 12th and Richard Allcock 13th.
Luton CC also picked up the Team Trophy, closely followed by Ride Coventry and M.I Racing in third.
Martin Smith of Dream Cycling scooped the King of the Mountains prize while Luton CC celebrated more success when Mike Jackson won the Sprint.
The event is part of a seven-race series organised by M.I Racing throughout 2016.
The next round takes place this evening (Friday) at the Adventure Centre off Woodloes Estate, Warwick, starting at 7pm.