Welland Valley Cycling Club
The road season may be drawing to a close but Michael Burke continues to race hard and notch up British Cycling ranking points as he seeks enough points to become a first category. Not bad for a rider starting the season as a newbie 4th Cat.
Over the weekend Michael rode back to back events securing top 10 placing’s in both.
On Saturday he was joined by Phil Rayner & Dean Barnett as they contested the latest round of the East Midlands Road Race League at Gilmorton. Over the roads Phil and Michael know well the 60 mile race staged by Leicester Forest CC was run at a blistering pace, averaging 29mph for the first few laps. With many East Midlands clubs looking to score league points the racing was aggressive as riders tried to escape. Both Phil and Michael were in the action whilst Dean slipped out the back.
A bunch gallop looked inevitable as the race entered the last 5 miles. With the speed high Michael managed to hold his position in the pack as Phil was hoping for gaps to appear so he could use his explosive sprint.
Michael secured a fine 10th place whilst Phil had to settle in the pack disappointed he wasn’t able to use his final sprint. Barnett was already back in the changing rooms enjoying tea and cake!
Michael was ‘up and out’ as he took to the start line in the Beeline Bicycles road race in Oxfordshire. Another 60 mile race was ridden at a frenetic pace as there is an exceptional high standard of 2nd Category Seniors chasing the same points as Michael.
Once again Michael was in the thick of the action and claimed a superb 8th place behind former continental rider Jack Kirk.
This weekend Michael will contest a Two Day – 3 Stages – over 106 miles, he will be joined by James Moors fresh from training in the South of France.
About The Club
Welland Valley Cycling Club has over 150 senior members and Welland Valley Whizz Kids, which caters for young persons aged from 5 to 14 has over 150 members.
Based in Market Harborough, our membership is drawn mainly from South and West Leicestershre and North Northamptonshire.
The club caters for leisure and racing cyclists, both male and female, young and old.
Our road and circuit racers, time triallists, mountain bikers and cyclocross riders compete successfully all over the country.
Many members participate in sportives and audax events.
For the leisure rider there are regular group rides throughout the year.
Welland Valley Cycling Club is a Clubmark accredited club. We have qualified coaches specializing in particular areas of cycling. An important part of our Whizz Kids programme is the development of cycling skills, as well as giving young people an opportunity to sample cycle racing.