Derby Mercury members regularly compete in road racing at all levels, from 1st to 4th category, and from juniors to veterans, women and men. Highlights of 2008 were junior Tom Bishop winning at Mallory Park and the continued success of veteran Andy Eagers with several wins over the season and a 2nd place in the British Cycling over 40s road race championship added to his palmares. We've got a growing number of road racers in the club and Derby Mercury finished second in the British Cycling East Midlands Regional Rankings in 2008.
Starting road racing is easier than you think and you are never too old, many members came to racing from other sports and started racing in their 30s, 40s or older. All you need is a road bike, enthusiasm and ideally a bit of experience of riding with others. If you fancy yourself as the next Mark Cavendish or just enjoy riding your bike fast and want to see how you get on against others road racing is the sport for you. If you aren't sure how to start then the best advice is to join a club - there are always other people new to it so you wont be alone and if you have any questions just ask. There's also the opportunity to get involved in organising races - we run a race near Tutbury which has gone very well since its inception in 2007.
For more information contact Tom Butcher