Joe emerges as favourite for championship crown

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Matlock CC held their annual double header hillclimbs of Riber and Bank Road on Sunday.

Riber was the first event in the morning with a large field vying to be the quickest to the top.

Joe Clark had a successful weekend which saw him emerge as the outright favourite for victory in the Championship.

His main rival, Belper’s Adam Kenway, was sidelined following a crash in training. Clark set a new course record on the Riber course of 3mins 17 seconds, some 20 seconds ahead of Kieran Wynne-Cattanach in second and Jack O’Neill in third.

Fastest Junior rider was Matlock’s Chris Statham in 12th and fastest lady rider was Maryka Sennema.

Following on in the afternoon a full field of riders took to Bank Road in a prelude to the National Championship this Sunday.

Clark took the victory again with Andy Nichols five seconds back in second and James Allen third. Mason Hollyman was fastest junior ride and fastest lady was Fiona Burnie.

Bank Road is the venue for the National Hillclimb Championships to be held on Sunday 30th October. A large crowd is expected in the town centre with riders and visitors from all over the country attending.

The first rider starts at 12pm and the event will run for 3 hours with the Deputy Mayor presenting the awards afterwards.

Meanwhile, round two of the British Cycling National Trophy Cyclocross took place at Abergavenny with a number of local riders taking part. In the youth girls Amelie Wayte (Empella) and Annabel Parker (Matlock CC) rode well, in the youth boys Sam Gould raced. Veteran Matlock CC racers Chris Green and Chris Watts raced alongside Julian Gould (Zepnat RT). Meanwhile Matlock CC riders Andy and Cheryl Vaughan took part in the Lincolnshire Cyclocross league race near Scunthorpe.