Gould comes out on top again in 25-mile time trial

Richard Thoday is pictured on his Penny Farthing during the Matlock CC time trial.
Richard Thoday is pictured on his Penny Farthing during the Matlock CC time trial.

Matlock Cycling Club held an Open 25-mile time-trial on Sunday along the A6 between Matlock and Bakewell, with 22 riders taking to the start line.

Matlock’s Patrick Gould took his second Open victory of the season by over a minute from Nottingham Clarion’s Andrew Woolf.

Gould recorded a time of 57 minutes and two seconds, averaging over 26mph. Woolf’s time of 58:07 was good enough for second place overall, with Matlock’s Chris Green taking third spot on 58:49.

Zepnat Race Team’s Karen Ledger was the fastest female rider, coming ninth overall in a time of 1:05:07

As part of the event, three riders took part in the medium gear category. The category limits riders to using a fixed wheel bicycle with a gear length of 72 inches.

Nick Frewin took the win in a superb time of 1 hour and 43 seconds from Richard Birkin who recorded 1:08:37. Matlock’s Richard Thoday rode his Penny Farthing, finishing in a time of 1:29:36.

Matlock Cycling Club’s second time-trial of the week was the club ten-mile event between Darley Dale and Bakewell.

Twenty riders took to the start line, with Chris Green coming out on top with a narrow victory over Mike Blair. Green recorded a time of 22:37 to take the win, with Blair just six seconds back. Dave Wallwin was third in 22:49.

Marianne Heffron was once again the fastest female rider, recording a time of 27:01 to finish in 14th place overall.

Matlock’s Thursday night 6.5-mile hilly time trial only saw two riders take part due to poor weather conditions.

John Johnston was the fastest rider, recording a time of 19 minutes and 53 seconds, whilst Kyle Fantom finished in a time of 22:16.

Matlock Cycling Club’s Sarah Briggs, from Crich, travelled to Lancaster on Sunday to take part in the British Schools Cycling Association National Circuit Race Championships.

Racing in the U11s race over eight laps of a 1.2km circuit, Sarah made a great start. quickly establishing a breakaway group of five riders, within which she was the only girl.

With a lap and a half to go Sarah touched wheels in the group and hit the ground hard. She was quickly to her feet but her chain had come off and it cost her vital seconds as she tried to restart.

Once back on her bike she made a valiant attempt to catch the riders but she just failed to take first place in the girls’ race, finishing second by half a bike’s length.