Young riders do club proud

Ellie Smith and Amelia Wayte of Matlock Cycling Club demonstrate teamwork at Darley Moor.
Ellie Smith and Amelia Wayte of Matlock Cycling Club demonstrate teamwork at Darley Moor.

The weekend’s racing got off to a great start for Matlock Cycling Club youngsters at the Thoresby Festival of Cycling.

There were some excellent performances from the club’s youth riders. In the first race, the under eights, under tens and under 12s categories were combined into one race, making for some close racing on the short and slightly crowded circuit.

Matlock CC provided the winners in both the girls and boys under eights categories with Louis Swindell and Harriett Limb adding to their growing collection of medals.

In the under tens girls, Lizzie Webster and Sarah Briggs took the silver and bronze respectively, and, in the Girls under 12s, Ellie Smith took the gold.

In the under 14s category, William Gascoyne pulled off another brilliant win by judging the final corner perfectly and gaining just enough of a gap to hold off the chasing sprinters. Sarah Lomas completed the club’s impressive medal haul with gold for the girls.

On Sunday, there was the British Schools Cycling Association’s National Circuit Championships, at the much longer circuit at Darley Moor, near Ashbourne.

The club’s young riders were out in force once again to mop up the medals. Repeating Saturday’s excellent results, Louis Swindell and Harriett Limb triumphed in the under sevens race, each showing impressive speed and endurance.

In the under nines race, Libby Smith eventually shook off a very spirited pursuit by Erin Staite of Lichfield City CC and went on to win by a good distance.

In the under 11s race, Matlock CC’s Ellie Smith and Amelie Wayte put on a great show of bit and bit teamwork, before eventually fighting out a very close sprint finish.

Ellie won by a bike length to take the gold with Amelie settling for a well-deserved silver. George Swindell and Reuben Orr rode really well in the boys’ race and finished just outside the medal placings.