Louis takes the accolades as good run of form continues

Louis Swindell
Louis Swindell

Matlock Cycling Club youngster Louis Swindell has been in fine form once again.

On Friday evening he attended a prize presentation in Grantham, Lincolnshire, where he took the gold medal for winning the overall U8 category in the Lincolnshire Pedalpushers Circuit Race Series. 

The series was based over seven races, which took place between April and September at RAF Barkston Heath, Newark Showground and Yarborough Leisure Centre, sponsored by the Pedalpushers Bike Shop in Grantham. 

 This was a fine end to what has been a great road season for Swindell as he has also won consistently at the Darley Moor Series.

 His winning streak continued at the fifth round of this season’s Notts and Derby Cyclo Cross League on Saturday at the ever-popular Allestree Park location.

The mild and sunny conditions meant racing in all of the categories was very fast.

Swindell took the lead in the U9s race right from the start, never looking back as he won by a considerable margin over second placed rider Otto Chilton of Derby Mercury.

Louis’s teammate Harriet Limb completed the club domination in the U9s category as she won the girls race having put in a very strong performance.

The next race was the U12s. Ben Chilton of Derby Mercury was once again victorious in the boys category, with Ava Oxley of KCA Race Team winning the girls race.

Matlock Cycling Club’s Sarah Briggs put in another great performance to once again take second place and was joined on the podium by teammate Amelie Wayte.

In the youth race, Matlock’s Cameron Orr once again showed his strength despite being a year younger than many of the riders in the U16s category, as he powered his way to sixth place overall.

Meanwhile, George Swindell managed to finish well inside the top ten in the U14s category as he also finished in sixth place overall.

Matlock’s Chris Green once again finished in the top three in the veteran over 45s category, with the winner being Jonathan Marshall from local race team Zepnat.

In the ladies veteran category, Matlock Cycling Club riders Christine Howard and Maz Heffron both finished in the top three, with second and third place respectively.

In the seniors race, Diane Lee of Mule Bar Girl Race Team took yet another win but was made to work hard for her victory by Shutt VR’s Sarah Kennedy, with the pair finishing well clear of the rest of the field.

Local rider Bruce Dalton showed he is coming in to fine form as he was the comfortable winner in the U23s race, which was run at the same time as the men’s senior race in which Dalton would have come tenth overall.

In other news, Matlock Cycling Club’s Alan Cooke has once again been in record-breaking form.

Cooke took part in the 50-mile time-trial held on the A50 near Etwall.

Having already set the club’s 50-mile time-trial record earlier in the year, Cooke went on to lower it by recording a time of one hour, 45 minutes and 46 seconds.