Solihull Cycling Club

Solihull riders travel to the Tour of the Abberleys

Russ Perry and Ian Cowan of Solihull CC travelled to Worcestershire over the Bank Holiday weekend to take part in the Tour of the Abberleys.

The three-day, four stage, cycle race covered more than 140 miles and six hours of racing for those aged more than 50.

Containing 45 riders, riders came from across the UK for the unique event in the LVRC (League of Veteran Racing Cyclists) calendar.

Russ Perry had a good three days of racing finishing third in his age category and 17th overall.

He moved up the field on the final stage with more than 1,500ft of climbing.

Ian Cowan retired from the race due to illness prior to the fourth stage having been in a position to challenge for honours.

Each Wednesday in May, Solihull CC is hosting ‘No Frills Racing’ at the Tudor Grange Circuit from 7pm.

Visit nofrillsbikeracing for further information.

Solihull cyclist Matt Shaw wins Tommy Godwin accolade

Teenager Matt Shaw has been presented the Tommy Godwin Award by the Solihull School Sports Federation ten years after receiving his first ever cycling accolade from the double Olympic medallist himself.

It was presented to the Solihull Cycling Club rider by Tommy’s Grandson and has been awarded for winning the British Cycling Youth National Series in 2016 and finishing third in the National Track Omnium Championships.

The Youth National Series consists of seven gruelling races with around 100 riders competing in each race.

Shaw won three out of the seven national events, taking top spot in the Cardiff National Race, the Hetton National series and the Screentek North West Tour – a three-day stage race covering over 100 miles.

The 16-year-old continued to achieve top ten positions throughout the series and was joined by his Solihull team mates, James Alexander and Harry Gillet with James taking two top ten positions and Harry a second place in the last race of the season.

“It means a lot to me being awarded the Tommy Godwin Award,” said Shaw, who attends Tudor Grange Academy.

“Tommy and Harry Reynolds (Olympic Silver Medallist and Tour de France rider) used to come and watch all the Solihull youth riders racing at Halesowen’s Track League on a Friday night and I used to enjoy listening to his stories of the Olympics and his cycling days.

“I was really pleased to win the National series. I train for about 20 hours a week, either on road rides of up to five hours or indoors on a turbo trainer or rollers and do strength and conditioning work most days.

“It’s hard fitting school work in especially with GCSE exams coming up soon but my school, Tudor Grange Academy, is very supportive and I have learnt to be much more organised.”

Shaw has been invited to race for Wheelbase Cabtech Junior Elite Development team for the 2017 season and will be stepping up to the junior ranks where races are contested on the open road over distances of around 70 miles.

Jameson leads the way for Solihull at Tudor Grange

Veteran cyclists at Solihull CC had a good start to the season in an early League of Veteran Racing Cyclists road race at Pinvin in Worcestershire.

The result was boosted by further strong performances at the first circuit race of the season held at the Tudor Grange Circuit in Solihull.

The LVRC league provides racing for cyclists who are aged 40 or older.

The opening Pinvin race rolled out of Bishampton to six-and-a-half laps, each lap being eight miles long.

There was action from the first laps when a couple of speedy riders pulled clear and were considered a threat for the win.

A strong early pace meant riders were forced to up their pace – including Solihull CC’s Wayne McKeowen and teammate Stuart Jameson.

They joined up with the two riders up the road averaging 26mph to pull clear.

A 90 second gap was opened up by the leading group of seven as the final lap drew closer.

There were a number of attacks, but all came to nothing as the group closed each one down so it went down to the final sprint.

With 500 metres remaining, Jameson was positioned last in the breakaway.

However he caught the leading group off guard and – from a length behind – soon crossed the line for a Solihull CC victory with McKeown finishing 5th.

A great Saturday for Solihull was followed up with a solid Sunday when the over 55s raced.

Paul Mann and Richard Blackman finished 6th and 7th respectively.

On the circuit, Wayne McKeown reversed the road result and won the first circuit race of the season in a sprint which started some 300m from the finish line.