10:00am Thursday 19th September 2013
By Andrew Simpson
WEAVER Valley Cycling Club’s Alan Kemp made a successful defence of his The League International (TLI) National Road Race Championship title at Audlem on Sunday.
He was resolute during a sprint to the line, despite a strong headwind, after a 53-miles race during which he endured repeated attacks from rivals.
Kemp keeps hold of the Dave Astles Memorial Trophy as a reward for victory in his age class, secured by a length over the runner-up.
It completed a fine week, for he was a clear category winner in the penultimate round of the Percy Stallard Road Race series at Burton Fleming, in north Yorkshire, seven days earlier.
This time completing five laps of a difficult course, he broke clear with two circuits left to win by more than two minutes.
Weaver Valley were represented at the Stone Wheelers 25 on Saturday, when Dave Fearon was fastest rider in the club’s colours after clocking 54:36 to place inside the top 40 overall.
James Risk, a second claim rider competing for Sportcity Velo, was close behind in 54:55.
Three other club members – Alistair Stanway, Jack Fearon and Jim Duffy – completed the course in less than an hour.
Kevan and Eleanor Underhill represented Weaver Valley at the opening North West Cyclo Cross League event of the season, staged in heavy rain and strong wind at Bolton’s Leverhulme Park.
After six laps of a challenging technical circuit, the former claimed first place in the men’s over 55s class while his wife topped the time-sheet in the veteran female category.
Dave and Caroline Fearon lowered previous club bests at the Mercia CC 30 last week.
Timing 1:06.38 after riding the final third of the course at speeds of more than 30mph, Dave improved upon the veteran and senior men’s records.
Caroline clocked 1:20.05 to knock five minutes from a 40-year-old benchmark set by Ann Gregory.
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