Belper Cycling Club organised and promoted the sixth round of this season’s Notts and Derby Cyclo Cross League on Saturday at Alfreton Park.
The course held up well with very little mud, and was undulating with lots of tight twisty sections with a technical wooded area to test the riders.
Sam Gould continued his domination of the Under Nines category as he recorded yet another victory, making it five in a row now for the in-form Matlock Cycling Club rider.
Gould’s trademark fast start meant others were left trailing in his wake. By the finish line, Gould had opened up a 41-second gap, and it was once again his teammate Louis Swindell who took the second spot to make it another one-two for Matlock Cycling Club.
Matlock’s Harriet Limb was once again the winner in the girls Under Nines race as she continues to dominate the category this year.
Jake Norton of Spalding Cycling Club took the win in the Under 12s race by just one second from Nottingham Clarion’s Poppy Wildman who was the first in the Girls category.
Wildman’s rivalry with Matlock Cycling Club’s Ellie Smith continued, as Smith was right on Wildman’s tail finishing second in the girls category and third overall.
Matlock Cycling Club had more success in the Youth race, as Will Gascoyne won the Under 16s event from Nottingham Clarion’s Ollie Peckover.
Gascoyne led from lap one, but Peckover was in hot pursuit never letting Gascoyne out of his sight. As the laps went on, Gascoyne never looked in trouble but on the final lap a spoke broke, but Gascoyne still had enough to hold on to the line.
Nottingham Clarion’s Calum Fernie was the first Under 14s rider, edging out Sherwood Pines Harry Lewis into second spot with Matlock’s John Webster in third.
165 riders took part in the seniors’ race, which welcomed back local rider Lee Shunburne who had been sidelined for the opening five races following a broken arm in the summer.
Orange Monkey Cannondale’s David Fletcher put the hammer down right from the start, putting all of the pre-race favourites under pressure.
Fletcher’s gap grew as each lap went by, so much so that by the finish line he had almost a minute’s cushion over second-placed rider Oliver Watson.
Nottingham Clarion’s Andrew Stuart came home in third spot, with Shunburne pleased with his comeback finish to record a credible fourth.
Last year’s league winner Chris Metcalfe, finished in seventh spot overall just over two minutes down on Fletcher’s winning time.
Zepnat Race Team’s Diane Lee continued her domination in the women’s category as she recorded yet another victory, once again from VC Long Eaton’s Tracy Fletcher with Matlock’s Marianne Heffron in third.
After six rounds, Matlock Cycling Club is comfortably leading the team competition, with it being the dominant force within the children’s age groups.
Kevin White and Patrick Smart represented Matlock Cycling Club in the Rutland CC Mam Nick hill climb on Saturday.
A foggy and cold morning greeted the 41 riders as they faced the tough challenge of climbing the ten per cent gradient, which is 2.1km in length.
The event was won by in-form Buxton CC rider Lee Baldwin in a time of 6 minutes and 43 seconds.
Second place went to Sheffrec CC’s James Allan who was the only other rider to go under seven minutes, with a time of 6:54.
Third place went to local rider Matt Sumpton of RST Racing Team in a time of 7:08.
Matlock’s Kevin White finished in ninth place overall recording a time of 7 minutes and 49 seconds, while teammate Patrick Smart came home in 15th place in a time of 8:07 to be the first in the junior category.
Their attentions will now turn to Matlock Cycling Club’s double header hill climb on October 21 as the club hosts its annual Riber and Bank Road Hill climbs, which promise to be quite a spectacle with many local riders pitting themselves against some of the country’s finest hill climbers, including two-time National Hill Climb Champion, favourite and scratch man Matt Clinton.