Chris pipped at the post in muddy race

Chris Metcalfe in action.
Chris Metcalfe in action.
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The ninth round of the Notts and Derby Cyclo Cross League took place at Sinfin Moor Park on Saturday with Matlock Cycling Club members i action.

One of the older league venues, Sinfin Moor Park is renowned for being notoriously muddy and this year’s running did not disappoint.

In all categories, riders struggled for grip as they did battle with what turned out to be quite a twisty and technical course with many riders just glad to finish having stayed upright.

The seniors’ race was an extremely exciting contest with local riders in contention right from the off. Charge Bike’s rider Chris Metcalfe took the fight to the rest of the field from the first corner.

After the first lap, the furious pace he’d set meant that only six riders could stay on his wheel. After the second lap, Metcalfe had opened up a ten-second gap from the chasing group, which included Matlock Cycling Club’s Lee Shunburne, Ashfield RC’s Andrew Naylor, Sigma Sports Steve Lampier and Clay Cross RT’s Gareth Whithall.

The margin remained right until the last lap, but the chasing group started to struggle with riders dropping off the pace.

Just as it looked like Metcalfe would take a hugely impressive victory, the course got the better of him as he had two slight falls which disrupted his rhythm and allowed Andrew Naylor and Steve Lampier to close in.

With just a few corners left, Naylor surged ahead. Lampier and Metcalfe tried to keep up but couldn’t and Naylor punched the air as he crossed the line in first place. Lampier cruelly outsprinted Metcalfe to take second place by just three seconds with the Charge rider having to settle for third spot.

Matlock CC’s Lee Shunburne came in fourth, 48 seconds down on Naylor’s winning time.

In the Youth Race, new Matlock Cycling Club member William Gascoyne took a well-earned win in the Under 14s category while Tom Weeds of Derby Mercury proved far too strong for the rest of the field as he took the Under 16s win.

Matlock’s Sarah Lomas saw her winning streak in the Under 16s girls’ event come to an end, as she had to settle for second behind Derby Mercury’s Hannah Blount.

Matlock Cycling Club’s younger riders had the best of the day’s results as John Webster easily beat Nottingham Clarions James Swadling in the boys’ under 12s race.

There were also strong performances for Webster’s under 12s teammates Reuben Orr, George Swindell and Tim Elsmore-Martin who finished in fifth, seventh and tenth respectively.

Poppy Wildman of Nottingham Clarion once again got the better of Matlock CC duo Fyonna Booker and Ellie Smith in the girls’ under 12s race, while younger sister Libby Smith took the under nines girls race from Elizabeth Webster to make it a one-two for the Matlock pair.