Four-some Wheelers

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Mike Williams on his way to second place in the veteran 50 race last month. Picture: Neil Marshall (171322-123)

Wheelers prepare for Wessex war

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Four talents from Fareham Wheelers excelled at the National Track Championships in Manchester.

Brendan Drewett, Harvey Morecombe, both 17, Joe Andrew, 18, and Henry Newbury, 22, finished sixth in the 4km men’s team pursuit at the National Cycling Centre.

They averaged more than 33mph as they stopped the clock in 4min 30sec.

Open to anyone over the age of 17, the event attracted 10 teams and was dominated by fully-supported professional outfits and British Cycling’s national squads.

The Fareham Wheelers quartet was the only amateur team in the battle.

However, Drewett, Morecombe, Andrew and Newbury were undaunted.

And despite being the youngest by some margin, they rode magnificently in the technically exacting event.

Lewis Martin, a fellow Fareham Wheelers ace, also trains with the team but, aged just 16, he was too young to take his place in the squad.

Having trained in Bournemouth and Calshot, the Manchester track and starting gates were a new experience for the team.

But they coped superbly to set a personal best in the qualifying heat.

They then took a second off that mark in their exciting battle with a Scottish squad.

Earlier this year a young Fareham Wheelers squad had won the Pedal to Medal 4km team pursuit against regional opposition in Bournemouth.

But this result is a significant step up.

And much of the credit must go to team manager Jon Dale and the club’s head coach Chester Hill, along with those who provided financial and technical support – including Fareham Borough Council’s community action team who paid for the track bikes.

For details on the Wheelers, visit fareham-wheelers.org