Lee leads the way to take seniors’ victory

Lee Shunburne, Matlock Cycling Club.
Lee Shunburne, Matlock Cycling Club.

VC Long Eaton promoted the 13th round of this season’s Notts and Derby Cyclo Cross League at Draycott House Farm on Saturday.

The penultimate race of the season meant the league leaders were trying hard to get as many points as possible with quite a few categories so close to call they will go down to the last round.

Matlock Cycling Club’s Lee Shunburne won the Seniors race. He took a fine victory by 15 seconds from Ashfield RC’s Andy Naylor.

The pair were the two favourites going into the race, but Shunburne had too much left in the tank in the final few laps, allowing himself to open up a comfortable margin on his close rival. Third place went to TFN Tri Club’s Andrew Stuart, who was almost a minute down on Shunburne.

Shunburne has given himself a real chance of overall victory going into the final round at Darley Moor, where he will do battle with an old teammate – Charge Bikes Chris Metcalfe – to take the number one spot in the league. Metcalfe has the advantage on points, but with Shunburne’s current form, anything could happen.

Matlock’s Chris Green put in one of his best performances of the season as he finished sixth in the Veterans race, while local Zepnat rider Diane Lee was the comfortable winner in the ladies race.

Matlock’s Sarah Lomas, fresh from her National Trophy title, made light work of the Youth Under 16s Girls race as she powered to yet another victory. Such is Lomas’s form at present, she would have been in the top ten of the Under 16s Boys race.

Lomas’s teammate Arthur Green finished on the podium once again in the Youth Under 16s race.

Green had been in contention right up until the last few laps but Derby Mercury’s Tom Weeds proved too strong, finishing 25 seconds ahead of second-placed rider Oliver Maywell of Velo Club Rutland, and 46 seconds ahead of Green.

George Swindell of Matlock Cycling Club put in one his finest performances to finish in second place in the Under 12 Boys race.

Swindell was only 18 seconds behind the race winner Oliver Snodden of Sherwood Pines, while Swindell’s teammate John Webster finished just off the podium in fourth spot, with Tim Elsmore-Martin coming home in sixth place.

Popp Wildman of Nottingham Clarion got the better of Matlock Cycling Club’s Ellie Smith in the Under 12s Girls Race, but the pair were head and shoulders above the rest of the chasing field as they recorded yet another first and second place respectively.

Derby Mercury’s Ben Chilton won the Under Nines race, but the first girl home was once again Matlock’s Libby Smith who is having an incredible season. Smith’s performance was so strong, it was good enough for fifth place overall as she was comfortably the fastest girl in the race.