Double Win For Joe Evans
Uttoxeter cyclist Joe Evans made the most of the last weekend in July’s gap in national racing to record two wins and record a personal best.
On Saturday the Hargroves Cycles RT rider competed in the Melton Olympic CC 25 mile time trial and at 16 years old was the second youngest rider taking the start. On a scorching day on the fairly flat A46 course near Melton Mowbray. Joe had a low start number meaning he was an early starter and with a best of 54min 11sec over the distance the rapidly improving Evans was looking to get under 53min on the day. Joe ripped up the road producing a powerful even paced performance to set a new personal best and course record of 50min 32sec, he then had to wait over an hour and a half to see if he was the winner of the event. As favourite, regular senior national competitor Adam Gascoigne of Team Pedal Power was last man off in the 120 rider field. In the end Gascoigne turned in a time of 51min 22sec leaving him in second place 50 seconds behind Hargroves man Evans. This was a fantastic performance and result for Evans who had decimated a good field.
Sunday saw the Thomas Alleyne’s School pupil turn his attention to road racing ,competing in the Pete Biddle memorial cup for Elite/1/2/3 cat riders. This saw Joe start this handicap event in the last of 5 groups, 8 minutes behind the first group with 65Km to race. Joe spent most of the first 6 of 8 laps in the bunch not doing too much work as the gap between the 5 groups reduced. Then on lap 7 as the groups came back together Evans chased down a soft break off the front then took the field by surprise by exploding off the front with a concerted effort to take him clear. This saw him take the bell with a lead of 30 seconds from the pursuing pack. Confident in his pace, based on the previous days effort, Joe put his head down for the final lap and finish over a minute ahead of the bunch.
Following his double victories Joe was understandably delighted saying ” I’m preparing for Junior Track Nationals and The Junior Tour of Wales so being able to do two events back to back and do so well is a good test of my form and shows that I’m on the right track at the moment but there’s still plenty of work to do before then”. The Junior Tour of Wales is the last round of the National Junior Road Race Series in which Joe currently lies 7th, he will be aiming for a top five finish in this first year of competition at this level.