Fareham Wheelers deliver strong performance in National Championships

Brendan Drewett of Fareham Wheelers.  Picture: Rob Atkins 151205-091132001
Brendan Drewett of Fareham Wheelers. Picture: Rob Atkins 151205-091132001
Mike Williams on his way to second place in the veteran 50 race last month. Picture: Neil Marshall (171322-123)

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Fareham Wheelers delivered strong performances at the National Youth & Junior Track Championships.

Harvey Morcombe and Brendan Drewett produced a series of excellent results.

Both competed in the kilo race on day one of the championships.

Drewett recorded a time of 1.09.063, improving his personal best by two seconds and achieving 18th place.

Morcombe’s time of 1.11.301 set his standard as he achieved 27th. There were 40 entries.

The duo were next in 3k pursuit action.

Drewett recorded 3.36.062 and improved his personal best by more than two seconds to finish in 22nd place.

Morcombe set the standard of 3.44.129 and achieved 31st position.

On day three, Fareham Wheelers club-mate Alex Collins competed in the youth 2k pursuit, setting his standard of 2.23.06.

Drewett competed in the 80-lap scratch qualifier.

He finished 11th to secure a place in the 100 lap final but was burnt off by the average speed of over 31mph for the 25k.

Morcombe battled hard but just missed out on a place in the final in the second scratch qualifier which was more frenetic and tactical.

Collins was also up for the scratch race, however he too found the pace just a bit too hot to make any headway.

Morcombe’s next event was the points race and despite showing well, near the front on several laps, he was swamped at the sprint laps and didn’t get through to the final.

Drewett entered in the keiran and just missed getting into the final by a tyre – effectively finishing 11th on the day.

Overall, the lads performed well and for Morcombe and Collins it was their first time at the nationals and using start gates.

They performed well in the high quality competition.

Crucially, they now understand the level that they need to attain if they are to progress.

They both rode equipment that was provided by Fareham Wheelers and the club’s supporters.

Meanwhile in the Derny races in Reading, Drewett produced a superb performance to win the B final.

It was a tactical 20k race, with Drewett fighting hard to get the victory by a length.

He recorded the second fastest lap, including the A race, at 61.94kph (38.48mph).