There was a select but very familiar set of riders lined up for the British Schools Cycling Association (BSCA) East Midlands Time Trials Championships race at Darley Moor on Sunday.
In windy conditions, the riders set off in three age categories: under sevens, under nines and under 11s to complete courses of two, three and five miles respectively.
The rain threatened, approached, started and then moved on, with only a few drops actually falling on the course.
The riders seemed oblivious as they rode determinedly on round the track.
Matlock Cycling Club’s Swindell brothers, Louis and George, picked up first places in the under seven and under 11 boys events, while clubmate Alexander Barton won the under nines boys race.
The under 11s girls race was most hotly contended and saw Matlock’s Amelie Wayte come in first place with Sarah Briggs second.
Fourteen riders contested Matlock Cycling Club’s Ashford five-mile time-trial on Tuesday night, in wet and cold conditions.
Local pro rider Matt Sumpton of RST Racing took the victory despite being on a standard road bike.
Sumpton clocked a time of 11 minutes and 16 seconds, remarkable given the lack of aerodynamic aids that his rivals all had.
Patrick Gould was second, just one second further back, while Chris Green came third with a time of 11 minutes and 24 seconds.
Matt Ingram rode for the first time this year to finish in fourth spot – finishing in 12:22.
In similar conditions to Tuesday night, Thursday night’s 7.4-mile Short Hilly time trial took place with ten riders taking to the start line.
The northerly wind meant times were slower than normal, but it didn’t stop Chris Green from taking yet another commanding win on the circuit he has made his own.
Green powered his way to victory in time of 21 minutes and 4 seconds, some 42 seconds faster than second-placed rider Steve Heading.
Patrick Gould had to settle for third with a time of 21:48, while Paul Hodgkinson showed good form with a 22:04 to finish in fourth.
Steve Strange raced for the first time in nearly two years following a leg injury, and recorded a time of 22 minutes and 29 seconds to come equal fifth with the ever-improving Mike Blair.
The Burton and District Cycling Association (BSCA) held its annual 25-mile time-trial on the super-fast A50 course near Etwall on Saturday.
Blustery conditions meant the outward leg was particularly tough with a fierce headwind, meaning times weren’t as quick as had been seen on previous occasions.
Many Matlock members took part, with Doug Forrester recording the fastest of the club riders’ times. Forrester recorded a time of 54 minutes and 28 seconds, with Dominic Wibberley the only other Matlock rider to go under the hour with a 58:45.
Patrick Smart was unfortunate not to break the hour, finishing in a time of 60:22, whilst Stewart Marsh recorded a 64:52.
The overall event was won by multiple National Time-Trial Champion Michael Hutchinson who set a truly unbelievable time of 46 minutes and 59 seconds.
Richard Cordin, Patrick Gould and Peter Colledge took part in the 25-mile time-trial organised by the Manchester and District Cycling Association event on Saturday.
All three riders performed well with Cordin posting the fastest Matlock time with an impressive 56 minutes and 53 seconds.
Cordin finished just outside the top 10 coming home in 12th place from 106 starters.
Gould clocked 57 minutes and 24 seconds for 15th place overall, while Colledge recorded 58:19 for a 26th place finish.