Classic gets a thumbs-up from birthday boy Atkins

Posted: August 21, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Bike, Mountain Biking

great day out:  George Atkins is among the lead riders as the Leicester Castle Classic passes the King Power Stadium

George Atkins is among the lead riders as the Leicester Castle Classic passes the King Power Stadium “I wanted to win but, when Simon and Sam Lowe got in the break, that limited my opportunities,” said Atkins, the national elite circuit series winner. “I’m happy that someone from the team got the win on the day.

“It was a really good event and it was nice to have a lot of support on the course. The weather stayed fine, too, which was another plus point, so it wasn’t a bad way to spend my birthday.”

The 20-lap race produced high-speed racing and Atkins, who finished 26th, said the tight nature of the course had added to the atmosphere of the event.

“The circuit was good,” he said. “The cobbled section, where people were sitting on the grass watching, had a really good feel to it.

“It was a top-class event, run well and up there with the rest of the races I have done in the UK.”

The Great Britain Academy rider is currently in heavy training mode but has two races this weekend.

On Sunday, he will ride in Rotherham but, on Monday, he is back on local roads for the Metaltek Grand Prix at Harby Hill, an event which has attracting another quality field.

Vic Barnett was in top form on and off the road at the World Masters Games in Turin.

The Welland Valley Wheelers stalwart, riding in the over-65s category, claimed a gold medal in the mountain bike cross-country event with the added bonus of a bronze medal in the circuit race.

Barnett dominated the mountain bike race. He found the course very much to his liking as it featured long, gradual climbs and technical descents.

He set a fast pace from the off and was never seriously challenged on his way to gold.

The medals in the circuit race were decided in a bunch sprint at the end of 40 minutes’ action.

Barnett now turns his attention to the world mountain bike championships, which are staged in South Africa at the end of the month.

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