Sixteen riders took to the start line for the second Matlock Cycling Club Ashford five-mile time-trial on Tuesday night, which was held on a very pleasant spring evening with a favourable wind and with warm conditions.
Patrick Gould’s recent form proved too much for the rest of the field as he won the event with a superb time of 10 minutes and 46 seconds, just six seconds short of the course record and a new personal best time.
Gould has tweaked his riding position this year and it is clearly paying dividends as he managed to hold off the usually dominant Richard Cordin – who finished in second place at just 3 seconds back. Third place went to Peter Colledge who could not match Gould and Cordin’s power as he finished off the pace with an 11 minutes and 16 seconds time.
Tom Large and Matt Ingram were the only other two riders to dip under the 12-minute barrier with times of 11:44 and 11:54 respectively. Vicky Dawson was the first lady rider with a time of 12 minutes and 49 seconds, good enough for 11th spot overall.
The pleasant conditions continued through the week but a northerly wind meant that the 21 riders who took part in Thursday night’s 7.4-mile Short Hilly time-trial has to battle against it up the long climb making it a slow night for the riders. Normal service was resumed as Chris Green won the event having been beaten the previous week by a flying Kevin White.
Green finished the course in a time of 20 minutes and 25 seconds – averaging nearly 22mph.
The in-form Patrick Gould rode superbly to finish just six seconds off Green’s winning time to take a comfortable second while last week’s winner – Kevin White – had to settle for third.
Dave Fearn – riding only his second ever Short-Hilly time-trial managed to finish in fourth place with a time of 22 minutes and 8 seconds. Patrick Smart was the fastest junior rider, taking seventh place overall.
In other news, Patrick Gould and Richard Cordin took part in the Ashfield Road Club 25-mile 2-Up time-trial on Saturday. The Matlock CC pair managed to rack up their first Open win of the season as they managed to finish in first place taking home the Carl Anthony Memorial Trophy.
Finally, the first round of circuit racing for junior riders was held on Monday at Whitworth Park. The series returns for 2011 with free racing for under eights, under tens and under 12s. There are two races for each category and events throughout April, May and June.
In the season opener on Monday, Alex Barton won the under eights first race. Barton edged out both Tom Milton and Joel Hurthouse after a real batter ensued between the top three riders. The second race was a repeat of the first with Barton once again having just enough to fend off Milton.
The first of the under tens race was won by Nick Edwards of Lea Primary School. Edwards led from the start and had too much in the tank for Ella Nieper of S Anselm’s who finished in second place.