CYCLING pro Tom Murray was the chief guest and presented prizes when Huddersfield Star Wheelers held their annual dinner and prize presentation at Huddersfield Rugby Union Club’s Lockwood Park.
Murray, who rides for Sigma Sport Specialized, kept the 60-plus guests entertained with tales from his time racing in Belgium and in Premier Calendar races in the UK.
Major prizewinners were Mark Thaxter, who won the 10, 25, 50 and 100-mile time trials and the long and short distance BAR trophies.
Mark Buckingham won the prized road race trophy and, the following day, ran for Holmfirth Harriers and won the Dewsbury 10k race with an outstanding time of just under 30 minutes.
The National Cyclo Cross Championships took place at Sutton Park in Birmingham when a huge field of 93 riders contested the Over 40s Veterans race, with Three Peaks winner Nick Craig (Team Scott UK) getting the better of Darren Atkins (Coventry RC/Ridecov.co.uk) and Chris Young (JD Cycles).
John Ginley, racing for Brighouse based Condor RC, was first in the over 65 category.
Harmonie Waterman from Holme Valley Wheelers was fifth in the Girl’s Under 14 race won by Kimberley English (Palmer Park Velo), while clubmate Leon Gledhill was 12th in the Boys race won by Billy Harding (Paul Milnes RT/Bradford Olympic).
In the Women’s race, Helen Wyman (Kona/FSA Factory Team) won her fifth National title, equalling Caroline Alexander’s record.
The Kirklees Cycling Academy held its first indoor training night at Spen Valley High School for 11-18 year olds and, by the end of the session, all the young riders were riding unaided on the rollers, with more experienced cyclists Jake and Becky Womersley (Sowerby Bros) showing off their skills by riding no handed and taking part in a Points Race-based interval exercise.
Nine people attended the first night (five boys and four girls) three of whom were completely new to cycling. Clubs represented included Aire Valley Wheelers, Holme Valley Wheelers, Sowerby Brothers Road Club and Huddersfield Star Wheelers.
Darren Stringer, club co-founder, said: “I am very proud of what we have achieved so far. All young riders said they would be back and their parents’ feedback was that this is just what we need in Kirklees to help young people interested in cycling.”
Any rider who’d like to take part in the sessions can e-mail Darren Stringer at email@example.com or go to the website www.k-ca.org. Alternatively call 01484 421855.