A victorious debut for Neil in time trial

Matlock Cycling Club's Neil Armitage.
Matlock Cycling Club's Neil Armitage.

A GROUP of 18 riders contested Matlock Cycling Club’s five-mile Ashford time-trial on Tuesday night in warm conditions, with many setting season’s best times.

Neil Armitage won his first ever time-trial, edging out the ever-improving Tom Colton into second place by 14 seconds. Armitage was the only rider to go under 12 minutes, clocking 11:58.

Juvenile rider Colton set a new personal best time to finish in 12:12 and his highest placing to date.

Gareth Ferguson also set a season’s best time to finish in third place, just a further five seconds behind with 12:17.

Thursday night’s 7.4-mile Short Hilly time-trial faced awful weather conditions as riders not only had to battle the fierce headwind going up the climb from Cromford, but also had heavy rain making it tricky through the corners and on the descent through Tansley.

Paul Hodgkinson was hoping to make it three wins in a row on the Thursday night hilly course but had to settle for third spot overall.

Normal service was resumed as serial inner Chris Green took the top spot. Green finished in a time of 20 minutes and 30 seconds – edging out close rival Patrick Gould into second spot. Gould finished in a time of 20:56 while Hodgkinson finished almost a minute further back with a 21:51.

There were season’s best times though for many riders in the field including Carl Dyke, Gary Blackham, Adam Cross, Andrew Briggs, Kyle Fantom and Alex Wright.

The ever-improving juvenile rider Tom Colton took part in Thursday night’s South Pennine ten-mile time-trial, held on the notoriously fast Etwall Course on the A50.

Colton has been having coaching from Richard Clarke and recent results show that this is paying off for the young rider as he knocked another 25 seconds off his previous best time, to finish in 23 minutes and 11 seconds.

Two Matlock riders took part in Saturday’s North Notts Olympic Road Club 10-mile time-trial.

Neil Armitage finished in a time of 23:19, with teammate Chris Sharp just a further seven seconds back with a season’s best time of 23:26.

Two riders had to share the win after clocking identical times of 20 minutes and 37 seconds, with pre-race favourite Julian Ramsbottom having to settle for third place with 20:41.