Arthur claims super silver in tough race

Lee Shunburne (in blue) of Matlock Cycling Club in action at the Thornbridge Outdoor Centre.
Lee Shunburne (in blue) of Matlock Cycling Club in action at the Thornbridge Outdoor Centre.

Matlock Cycling Club juvenile riders Arthur Green, Gregg Booker and Sarah Lomas descended on Newnham Park near Plymouth at the weekend for the British Mountain Bike Championships.

The trio were faced with tough competition and had to tackle a tough course designed to test skill as much as speed.

Arthur Green managed a superb silver as he made light of the course. Green got clear of the field with Calum Magowan of Peebles CC. The pair opened up a significant gap but Magowan had too much in reserve and managed to power his way in front towards the end of the second lap. Magowan won in 45 mins and 30 secs, with Green a comfortable second.

Clubmate Gregg Booker performed solidly as he battled his way to sixth overall, finishing in 51 mins and 54 secs.

Sarah Lomas narrowly missed out on a medal as she finished fourth in 59 mins and 29 secs. Lomas was close to the second and third placed girls but Ffion James of Abergavenny Road Club was the comfortable winner.

Meanwhile, Zepnat Racing Team organised round three of the Notts and Derby Cyclo Cross League on Saturday, at Thornbridge Outdoor Centre near Bakewell.

160 riders took part in the Seniors and Veterans race, with the promoting team recording a well-earned win through Jim Bryan.

A few clashes between riders meant an early split in the pack. All the main challengers managed to escape the mayhem and a small early group of leaders formed. The group contained Jim Bryan, Cycle Shacks Matt Barrett, Empella’s Ben Eedy, Matlock Cycling Club’s Lee Shunburne and Buzz Cycles’ Rob Parkin.

However, after the second lap, Shunburne and Parkin became distanced from the leading three riders. Shunburne tried to bridge the gap and dropped Parkin, but was left in no-mans-land.

With two laps to go, Bryan opened up and left Barrett and Eedy trailing.

Barrett responded but could not close the gap, but in doing so left Eedy behind. Bryan’s winning margin was around ten seconds from Barrett, with Eedy finishing third. Lee Shunburne had worked on his own for most of the race and was pulling the leading three back. The race ended with Shunburne fourth.

There was a strong showing from local rider Bruce Dalton, comfortably the fastest in the under 23s category, finishing in a superb eighth overall at 1 min and 20 secs down.

In the junior races, Matlock’s Libby Smith was again successful in the Girls Under 9s as she recorded another win. There was a top ten placing for Smith’s clubmate Sam Gould, who finished seventh in the Boys Under 9s.

Matlock’s John Webster finished in third in the Boys Under 12s race, with Tim Elsmore-Martin fifth. Both had been in contention all the way round, but Jenson Young pushed the pace during the last two laps. Ffyonna Booker was second in the Girls Under 12s race.

having battled hard with Wakefield Tri’s winning rider Ava Oxley.

With the absence of Arthur Green and Sarah Lomas in the Youth race, Matlock’s Cameron Orr was left to carry the flag for Matlock, and he did his club proud finishing in a superb eighth place in the Under 14s Boys category.