Roadworks on the course meant Matlock Cycling Club’s hilly 25-mile Time-Trial had to be cut short on Saturday, but there were still 16 riders who took to the start line to contest the tough circuit.
The distance was reduced to just a little over 20 miles, making it possible for riders to dip under the hour on what is a very hilly, twisting course.
Richard Cordin showed his hand early in the season with a classy display to take a fine win in just 54 minutes and 19 seconds.
Cordin’s main rivals were some distance behind, with Peter Colledge being beaten into second place by over a minute. Colledge clocked 55 minutes and 46 seconds, almost a minute quicker than third-placed Patrick Gould.
Youth rider Patrick Smart continued to impress, finishing in ninth place overall in a time of one hour, seven minutes and 13 seconds.
Meanwhile, the 2010-2011 Notts and Derby Cyclo-Cross League has finally come to a close and Matlock Cycling Club has showed it is surely the strongest club in the area.
The club dominated in almost every category winning the Overall Team Championship, the Mixed Team Championship and the Club Participation Championship – having 25 riders take part in the various age groups over the course of the season.
Tim Elsmore-Martin won the boys’ under tens category by winning almost every round. His clubmate Harry Morley was the runner up.
Ellie Smith won the girls’ under tens category with her younger sister Libby in second, with Elizabeth Webster in third spot making a clean sweep of medals for Matlock.
Elizabeth Webster’s older brother John, was second in the boys’ under 12s age group and at only 10 years old, was racing against older boys this season but was always challenging for the wins.
The youth under 14s boys was dominated by Arthur Green who has had a fine season.
He won the youth category by a considerable margin as well as picking up the National Trophy Series this year. Matlock’s Sarah Lomas also dominated the under 14s girls as she easily racked up enough points to top the league. Together with clubmate Gregg Booker, the three under 14s riders took the team prize too.
Matlock also had considerable success in the senior and veteran categories. Lee Shunburne was highest placed, finishing third in the seniors with Chris Metcalfe finishing in fourth spot.
Phoebe Sneddon and Rebecca Thomas rode consistently throughout the season to finish second and third in the senior women’s category.
Christine Howard – mother of John and Elizabeth Webster – won the veteran women’s category, with her partner, Karl Webster, coming fourth in the Veteran 40-45 category, making it a fine season for the family.
Chris Green, Arthur’s father, finished in second in the 40-45 Veterans category, narrowly missing out to Jonathan Marshall of Zepnat RC.
Peter Sharkey came third in the 50-60 Veterans category with Matlock stalwart Harry Gould wrapping up the V70+ category after a very impressive season.