OVER the past few weeks many of Stratford Cycling Club’s veteran road racers have been taking part in League of Veteran Racing Cyclists (LVRC) events around the country.
The Stourport track was the venue for the Bush Healthcare Criterium series – a fast-paced race on a flat course with tight corners which makes for exciting racing.
Over the two races Keith Walton finished with two top ten places and Merv Mutton secured a top ten finish alongside Walton in one of the races.
Younger veterans Warrick Fuller and Tony Owen travelled to Chester to take part in the Steve Gutteridge RR on a tough undulating course and the race was full of action with both riders involved, but the race came down to a sprint and both finished in the pack.
Four Stratford riders tackled the Dragon two-day stage race near Neath which featured two road race stages and a time trial and all four riders finished in the pack in their prospective races.
The time trial was the place to put time into the rest of the field and all four rode a good trial. Tim Print ride was outstanding and it gave him 12th place overall in the 45-plus age group.
Nigel Jones rode his usual steady event to take ninth in the over 50s, Merv Mutton was fourth in the 55-plus and Keith Walton took fourth in the 60-plus group.
Bearley was the venue for the Tommy Godwin RR featuring several Stratford riders. All the races were split over the undulating course which included multiple climbs through Bearley and Wolverton.
The Stratford ride of the day came from Keith Walton who finished 11th, giving him fifth in the 60-plus age group.
Other Stratford riders rode a 50-mile time trial over the weekend on a course based around Long Marston, which they had to cover four times.
There were some very encouraging rides, with the fastest Stratford cyclist being Ian Heming in 2hrs, 1min, 36secs, followed by Mick Stallard (2.03:51), Nick Green (2.05:06), Martin Millington (2.08:16), Peter Ward (2.09:24), Paul Freeman (2.24:19), Steve Eggleton (2.26:17), Alison Bagnall (2.26:33), Lloyd Walton (2.26:38) and Joe Lee (2.29:55).
Fastest on the day was visiting Evesham super time trialist Tom Ward – riding for Echelon-Rotor – with a time of 1hr, 57mins, 31secs.