Matlock youngsters battle tough course

Arthur Green, Matlock CC.
Arthur Green, Matlock CC.
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The 11th round of this season’s Notts and Derby Cyclo Cross League took place on Saturday at Nottingham’s Sherwood Pines.

The riders had to battle with almost freezing temperatures with some very tricky sections on the course, making round 11 one of the hardest so far.

Libby Smith, Matlock Cycling Club.

Libby Smith, Matlock Cycling Club.

Matlock Cycling Club’s Libby Smith had to work hard to preserve her unbeaten status in the under nines girls competition. 

Sliding off at her first attempt of a tricky bend, Libby conceded her early lead to the fast-improving Lotta Mansfield of Nottingham Clarion. Chasing hard, Libby caught Lotta and eventually passed her to finish seventh overall and first girl for her ninth consecutive NDCXL race.

Sam Gould was Matlock CC’s highest-placed boy, finishing well in sixth place. Ben Chilton of Derby Mercury was the overall winner once again. In the under 12s event, John Webster of Matlock CC made a strong start to the race and built a good lead over the first couple of laps but James Swadling of Nottingham Clarion and Jenson Young managed to keep him in check and eventually get ahead to take first and second place.

Tim Elsmore was the next Matlock rider, finishing in sixth place. In the girls race, Nottingham Clarion’s Poppy Wildman won convincingly from Ava Oxley in second place, with Matlock teammates Fyonna Booker and Ellie Smith taking third and fourth. The Youth Race consists of both the Under 14s and Under 16s riding at the same time. It proved yet again to be very successful for Matlock Cycling Club as they took the wins in the Under 16s Boys and Girls race with Arthur Green and Sarah Lomas, as well as the Under 14s Boys with William Gascoyne, who particularly impressed. Gascoyne finished over a minute ahead of the second placed under 14s rider and was second overall to his under 16s teammate Arthur Green by just 18 seconds.

The Seniors race had many elite category riders taking part as they look to gain form in readiness for the big national events taking place in the next few weeks. Boardman Bikes’ rider David Fletcher was the comfortable winner as he finished 1 minute and 19 seconds ahead of second-placed Dan Booth of Cult Racing. Local rider Tom Last – riding for Sigma Sport – finished in third place just 21 seconds further back while Chris Metcalfe of Charge Bikes took fourth spot.