SOLIHULL riders shone at the Ernie Clements Memorial 2 Day event last weekend, organised in memory of Ernie Clements from Telford, who won a team Silver medal at the 1948 Olympics, alongside Solihull CC’s Bob Maitland.
There were races for two groups and in the age 40-55 group Conor O’Brien got off to a good start by coming second in the Prologue in a blistering time of 3 mins 48 secs, with teammate Paul Mann 23rd in 4:18.
In the ensuing two races on Saturday and Sunday Conor dropped places on overall time to finish 9th overall, but took 3rd in ‘A’ category (40-45) while Paul Mann rode well to improve his position and finish in 21st.
In the age 55+ race David Rutherford clocked 4:24 in the Prologue to finish 4th, but well clear of his rivals to top ‘E’ category (60-65)and Ivor Thomas was close behind in 4:34 to finish 6th.
Over the next two races David and Ivor worked hard to stay in contention and David took 5th overall to win ‘E’category while Ivor finished 7th and took the prize for 5th in ‘D’category.
Last Saturday Solihull CC’s tandem duo Colin Williamson and Dave Homer rode the Coventry CC 25 time trial in the deluge of rain.
They were the only tandem entry and clocked 57:55 for the conditions. Local rider Matt Clinton, of Mike Vaughan Cycles, won the solo event with a superb 52:03.