Matlock riders took part in the third round of the British National XC Mountain Bike Series at the weekend, at Hopton Woods in Shropshire.
Hot and sunny weather meant dry ground, which made for some super-fast racing in the various adult and child age category races.
In the Grand Veteran category, long-standing Matlock Cycling Club member Paul Dalton finished a credible 25th overall, while the club’s youngsters once again had some solid results.
In the Juvenile Male category, Will Gascoyne continued his impressive season by finishing in second overall. He was in contention for the race win but was just edged out by Daniel Tulett of Hargroves Cycles, while Gascoyne’s teammate Cameron Orr recorded 15th spot overall.
Sarah Lomas faced tough competition in Youth Female race, finishing just outside the top ten in 11th place.
Local rider Arthur Green – riding for new team Hope RT finished in eighth place overall in the Youth Male category, whilst Matlock Cycling Club’s Gregg Booker secured 31st place in the same category. In the first round of the 2012 Hope Mountain Bike Series at Lee Quarry in Lancashire on Sunday, organised by Brownbacks Racing,
Matlock Cycling Club’s Derek Hunter took third place in the Grand Veteran (50+) race. On a technical and challenging course the racing went right to the line with Derek conceding second place by only three seconds. Steve Taylor of Sherwood Pines/Cooperative Motor Group was first Grand Vet home.
The sunny weather bought out no fewer than 27 riders to Matlock Cycling Club’s ten-mile time-trial along the A6 on Tuesday, with most of the big favourites going head to head with near-perfect conditions.
There was a slight northerly wind, making it harder for the riders on the longer outward leg towards Bakewell, but times were still faster than in previous weeks.
Richard Cordin’s form has started to come good, as he won the event in a very impressive time of 22 minutes and 4 seconds – beating previous winner Dave Wallwin by 21 seconds. Cordin was only a handful of seconds up at the turn in Bakewell, but used his awesome power to make the substantial gap by the finish line near Darley Dale.
Third place went to Patrick Gould, who finished in a time of 22 minutes and 51 seconds, beating veteran rider Chris Green by just two seconds into fourth spot.
Kevin White finished well to record 23:23 while Matt Ingram showed a return to form with sixth in 23:32. Marianne Heffron was fastest female rider, recording 27 minutes and 23 seconds, with Julia Blowers second female in 28:54, and Mel Slaney third in 31:52.
Heffron’s win moves her well clear at the top of the Women’s Points Competition having amassed 39 points from three events.