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Teenage rider flying the flag for Team GB

STRATFORD cyclist Lewis Tinsley has just returned from France having raced for Team GB in the European Cyclocross Championships.

The 17-year-old, who started riding at Stratford Cycling Club when he was just six, was wearing his international kit for the first time at the Pont Chateaux competition where he finished 24th.

Over the next few weeks Tinsley will be back in France and then Dublin for the start of the World Cup races representing Team GB.

Lewis Tinsley in action for Team GB in France.
Lewis Tinsley in action for Team GB in France.

The teenager has had a strong start to the cyclocross season having already won the Hope Supercross Series and the opening National Trophy race which was staged in South Shields.

Team Enable MI Racing’s riders have also enjoyed success on the cyclocross circuit with a string of age group victories.

Racing in the Notts and Derby Cyclocross League, Nick Popham won the 50+ vets race, holding off a strong field that included former world champion Simon Hale in freezing cold and rainy conditions.

So good was Popham’s ride that he not only won his category but also managed to hold off the younger 40+ category riders to win the race outright. Teammate Geoff Giddings finished an excellent 17th.

The following day saw him top the podium once again, this time in the eighth round of the West Midland Cyclocross League which was held near Worcester.

Under sunny, clear blue skies the classic ‘mud-fest’ course was a tough test for all the riders but after dropping a few places at the start, Popham managed to claw his way back through the field to take the win from teammates Darren Atkins in second and Nick Whitley in third place as the team filled the podium places.

In the 60+ category, there were also excellent performances from Phil Roach who finished second, just ahead of Pete Busby in third. In the women’s race, Lynsey Whitley finished 19th overall and seventh in the 40-49 age category.

Other performances on the day came in the men’s veteran 40-49 age category where Ryan Henry finished fifth and Colin Miller sixth while in the men’s senior category, Tom Bradley finished in 15th place.

Away from cyclocross, Oliver Searle had a brilliant ride to win the Coalville Wheelers hill climb held on the Polly Botts climb, northwest of Leicester. In a field of 36 riders, he smashed his personal best on the climb to take the win by 17 seconds.

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