Veteran rider Chris enjoys a fine week

Chris Green, Matlock Cycling Club
Chris Green, Matlock Cycling Club

THE first of Matlock’s A6 25-mile time-trials took place early on Sunday morning.

Veteran rider Chris Green, riding his new time-trial bike for the first time, took a well-deserved victory, finishing in a time of 58 minutes and 27 seconds, proving he can win both on the flat and the hills.

Arch-rivals Peter Colledge and Richard Cordin finished in second and third respectively, being the only other two riders to go under the hour mark with 59:06 and 59:13s.

Andy Woolf narrowly missed out on dipping under the hour, clocking a time of 1:00:19 to beat Belper BC’s Jonathan Marshall into fifth spot.

The third round of the Darley Moor Road Racing Series took place on Saturday with many Matlock Cycling Club riders taking part.

Numbers are up on previous years, as the popularity of the closed circuit racing continues to grow for both seniors and juniors alike.

In the children’s age groups, it was a good day out for the Swindell family as George (under 12s) and Louis (under 8s) both put in great rides.

George Swindell had been in contention at the front of the main group all the way round, and timed his sprint well and was only narrowly edged out from taking what would have been a superb victory, finishing in third.

Louis Swindell had won the previous two rounds at Darley, and only just missed out on making it a hat-trick of wins as he too was edged out into third spot in his respective age category.

Matlock Cycling Club’s Libby Smith put in a strong performance in the girls under tens race as she narrowly missed out on victory, securing an impressive second place, while older sister Ellie managed to finish on the podium in third place in the Girls under 12s race.

Other Matlock youngsters, Tim Elsmore-Martin, Reuben Orr, Sarah Lomas, Will Gascoyne and Cameron Orr, were all in action too, showing the junior strength in depth the club has at present.

Matlock’s Patrick Smart and Kyle Fantom both took part in the seniors race and managed to finish in the bunch, showing great strides forward as they’ve moved up from the juniors.Matlock Cycling Club’s time-trial season got into full swing this week, with the start of the evening events now the clocks have gone forward.

Beautiful sunshine and temperatures close to 20degrees greeted the riders on Tuesday for the ever popular five-mile Ashford time-trial.

All of Matlock’s big guns were out, with Patrick Gould laying a benchmark down by taking an impressive win.

Gould was up on his rivals from the off as he recorded the only sub-11 minute ride of the night, clocking 10 minutes and 59 seconds – an average speed of over 27mph.

Second place went to Richard Cordin who is recovering from a recent back injury. Cordin finished in 11 minutes and 12 seconds, just 7 seconds ahead of third placed Peter Colledge.

Kevin White looks set to challenge for honours this season after some serious winter training. White set a personal best time of 11 minutes and 32 seconds to finish in fourth place overall.

Riders then turned their attentions to Thursday night’s 7.4-mile Short Hilly time-trial that starts in Cromford before the long ascent up through Lea before dropping down through Tansley and finishing in Starkholmes.

Despite the sunny, warm conditions, the riders had to battle with a headwind up the hill, meaning times were not particularly fast.

Matlock stalwart Chris Green proved far too strong for the rest of the field as he finished nearly a minute ahead of second-placed rider Steve Heading. Green clocked 20 minutes and 59 seconds, with Heading second in 21:52.

Paul Hodgkinson was just seven seconds further back on 21:59 in third place.