Cyclists back in the saddle

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After a couple of weeks with no competitions, Belper BC riders Mick Allen, Bill Cotton and Derrick Woodings rode the second event at Darley Moor track, a 30-mile race, held in bright sunny conditions.

Both Mick and Derrick tried to force a break but without success and the 20 strong survivors had to fight out a tough uphill sprint finish.

Mick was beaten into third in the 60+ group, Bill also finishing third in the 65+ group, but Derrick had better luck and managed to win his age (70+) group.

On Sunday, Bill and Derrick travelled to Alford in Lincolnshire to ride the hilly Alford Wheelers 45-mile event.

This was a counter in the Percy Stallard series. The main problem appears to be that they become very tactical races with all high scoring riders defending their positions in the league. So with that in mind, all attacks from high-placed riders were chased down. That was until Ken Corbett from Wakefield escape to win from the large bunch.

Derrick finished in second place in the 70+ group and Bill third in the 60+ group. Derrick now has a total of 13 points with a possible two more counting events this season, so he holds third in the league and reckons he could climb to second for the season. As his main target is the track, he said he is satisfied with this.

Mick is travelling to Austria to ride the Deutschlandsberg World Cup event, a series of events over one week which count towards an overall classification. .

A couple of weeks previously, Mick Allen and Dave Wallwin rode the Wolds RT 10 on the V718 course near Hull.

The day was breezy with a headwind on the harder return leg which meant times were not as fast as they could have been. Dave rolled in in 21:20 and Mick with 21:42.