Annie’s victory at mountain bike event

Sarah Lomas.
Sarah Lomas.

Sherwood Pines hosted the first round of the British Mountain Bike XC series at the weekend.

Beautiful sunshine and warm weather brought the crowds out, as they watched the country’s best riders do battle at the ever-popular venue, which boasts some great techincal sections with fast trails and drop offs.

Local riders had a great day out, none more so than Great Longstone’s Annie Last, who put in a totally dominant performace in the Elite Women’s race. Last took the lead from the gun and never let it go, winning by nearly five minutes from the chasing pack.

Matlock Cycling Club riders also enjoyed success in the various age groups.

William Gascoyne rode to second place in the Boys Juvenile category. Gascoyne finished just 42 seconds off the eventual winner Daniel Tulett of Harroves Cycles. In the same category, Matlock’s Cameron Orr had a superb race, finishing with an excellent eighth place overall.

Clubmate Sarah Lomas then went and secured another second place in the Girls Youth category, finishing 44 seconds down on Bolton Wheelers rider Martha Gill.

In the Youth Boys race, Arthur Green finished just outside the top ten with 11th place, while a heavy cold couldn’t stop Gregg Booker as he managed to finish well up in the field in 27th place.

Other Matlock riders Derek Hunter and Paul Dalton also had good races in the Grand Veteran Male categories, securing 19th and 25th.

Now that the clocks have gone forward, Matlock Cycling Club’s evening time-trial series gets under way with the usual five-mile Ashford event on Tuesdays, and the 10.4-mile Short Hilly event on Thursday.

Doug Forrester looks likely to challenge for honours against the usual suspects.