Monarchs go indoors as Ricki defends title

Cycle Speedway moves indoors this weekend as Coventry play host to the British Cycling Indoor Championships at The Sports Connection Leisure Club.

Birmingham Monarchs will be among the favourites to take the team title on Sunday with a team of indoor specialists including reigning open champion Ricki Johnson.

Sunday will also see the accumulation of the senior, women’s and junior individual Finals whilst on Saturday will see all the individual qualifiers taking place plus the Over 40’s Final at 11AM.

Action on both days start at 10AM and will run thru till about 8PM. Entrance and car parking is free and there is a bar and food available throughout.

We caught up with Great Barr based rider Nathan Groves last week to talk about the indoors championships and his 2015 season.


Nathan prepares for indoors and 2016 season

“It has been a good year for me and the club especially being part of the team that won the Fours Championships, there is a great bunch of people at the club.

My goals were to win at least 1 club title which we did. Also to qualify for the British Open Final but unfortunately I missed out by 2 points.”

“As for the Indoors, I love the indoor championships but sometimes work has to come first. Preparations are going good, same as before but with a new bike and new tyres. ”

I asked Nathan about our chances in the Finals this weekend. “I definitely think we can win with the team we have however our biggest threat has to be Wednesfield.”

With Birmingham entering the EL in 2016, Nathan gave me his thoughts: “I think it’s about time we are back now in the elite league. It’s been a long time coming. We have good chance of winning it as so do other teams. I plan to do more training and gym work. Also with spinning as that helps a lot with your fitness and speed. ”

“Special thanks to Chris Timms my team mate and best friend for being there for me at good times and bad. And a great coach. Kirsti Bennett my fiancée for being there and supporting me. Also the main man Steve Hodgkinson himself for behind the scenes at the  club for putting our club out there, plus the local press for their support.”

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