Green is equal to an uphill challenge

Chris Green of Matlock Cycling Club.
Chris Green of Matlock Cycling Club.

The warm and sunny conditions tempted 25 riders out last Tuesday night for Matlock’s ever popular 10-mile time-trial along the A6 with Richard Cordin recording yet another win although he was made to work hard for it by Patrick Gould.

Cordin finished in a time of 22 minutes and 46 seconds, beating Gould by just five seconds.

Gould had been slightly up on Cordin at the halfway point at Bakewell, but Cordin always finishes strongly and managed to overhaul the deficit to maintain is 100 per cent record on the course.

Last week’s winner, Dave Wallwin of Belper BC, finished in third place, narrowly edging out veteran rider Chris Green by just nine seconds with times of 23:04 and 23:13 respectively.

Kevin White was the only other rider on the night to dip under 24 minutes – recording 23:54.

Youth rider Arthur Green rode the course for the first time and astonishingly, managed to finish in tenth place overall in 25:05 – averaging just shy of 24mph on what was not a particularly fast night of cycling action.

Meanwhile, Matlock Cycling Club’s 10.4-mile long hilly time-trial took place on Thursday night in mild weather conditions but the wind wasn’t favourable for the riders as they battled a headwind up the climb through Lea towards Dethick.

This didn’t stop Chris Green setting a furious pace though as he took a commanding victory over the in-form Patrick Gould.

Green finished the course in a time of 28 minutes and 28 seconds – averaging just shy of 22mph.

His winning margin over second placed Gould was almost a minute – with Gould clocking 29:22.

Dave Fearn rode the course for very first time and finished an impressive third with a time of 30 minutes and 10 seconds.

Kyle Fantom was the fastest youth rider – finishing in eighth place overall in a time of 34 minutes and 1 second, while Phoebe Sneddon was the fastest female rider, clocking 37:49 to finish in 11th place overall.