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Breakaway O’Brien sprints to victory

Fresh from his third place at the LVRC Championships the week before, Conor O’Brien went two better in the Beacon Road Race last weekend.

Fresh from his third place at the LVRC Championships the week before, Conor O’Brien went two better in the Beacon Road Race last weekend.

Right from the start there was an attack by four riders with two Solihull jerseys in there - Conor and team mate Jez Stone.

The pace was too hot for Stone but the three strong break stayed away for the entire race.

Then, on the long uphill drag to the finish, O’Brien timed his sprint to perfection jumping off the wheel in front to take a great win.

Another group of the club’s riders tackled the LVRC Andy Hardy Memorial RR, at Towcester on the same day, where Ian Cowan was equally as impressive in how he won the C/D race (50-60yrs).

He took off on his own in very windy conditions and was joined by four others who then worked with him to stay away until the end where Ian won the sprint.

Solihull’s Ivor Thomas took sixth while in the A/B race (40-50yrs) Paul Mann rode strongly to take 7th place, just outside the prize money.

At the regional youth championships, around Lichfield on Sunday, the winning ways continued for the club.

Lucy Shaw and Jack Rootkin-Gray both ended the day as Regional Champions despite horrendous weather conditions.

Over the last week the World Masters Road & TT Championships took place in Austria, St Johann, and David Rutherford was there as usual.

In the main race, for riders 62-64, he could only manage 25th, out of 70, with fellow countryman Alan Ramsey, of Road Peace, in 22nd place.

However Ann Plant, a former Midlander, was imperious in taking her 8th World Championship title in the 60+ race with Tony Woodcock, a former Champion from Braintree, taking 4th in his 70-74 race.

There was disappointment however, when news filtered through that the UCI were pulling out of running Masters World Championships altogether.

At a meeting people from many countries were asked if anyone wished to help join a lead team to formulate plans to continue to run a World Masters RR at St Johann outside of UCI involvement.

Rutherford put his name forward and will see what develops.

St Johann have run the current races for 42 years now, 25 of which were before the UCI became involved, and have confirmed that the races will continue as normal in 2011.

 

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