Location: Solihull, West Midlands
Events: 22 June 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Mark Davies (Team Cystic Fibrosis) sprinted to his fourth win of the season and his second in the Solihull CC Circuit Races on Saturday.
The 40-year-old Barnsley rider also gained the ten points he needed to move up to second category and is enjoying a new lease of life in cycling after making the move to motorbike racing some 20 years ago.
After having an operation on his knee in the winter, doctors recommended taking up cycling as part of his physiotherapy and he hasn’t looked back since, riding competitively once again.
Davies managed to stay in the top ten for the entire race in treacherous conditions as the wet circuit caused a number of crashes.
The leaders of the race made their move just before the last sweeping corner of the race and it was Davies who managed to power his way to the front of the bunch sprint and take the race from Preslav Dimitrov (Solihull CC) by a bike length. Stuart Thompson (Hinckley CRC) took third.
Davies said: “It was quite difficult out there, it was a bit of a job staying upright and a few of the lads tipped over. This has given me the 10 points I needed to move up to second which is good.
“I’ve got Otley coming up and I’m really excited about that. I’m enjoying racing, having made my 17th comeback or whatever it is, after being off motorbike racing for 20 years.
“I had couple years away, I had a bit of an illness. It was a virus that stopped in tracks a bit. Then I had a knee operation in the winter. They said cycling was good for it and I got revved up again. I’m going to carry on, do plenty of training and try to stay healthy. I’m a bit older now with more experience.
“I was never out of top ten today, that’s what I try to do, especially with the conditions today, I knew it would be dodgy. I took it by a full bike length in the end, it was quite a comfortable win, sprinting is my thing.”
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