Colledge hands out lesson to his rivals

Vicky Dawson, Matlock Cycling Club.
Vicky Dawson, Matlock Cycling Club.

Twenty three riders contested Matlock Cycling Club’s Tuesday night ten-mile time-trial this week, battling against each other and a strong northerly wind.

The weather conditions made it very difficult for the riders on the outward leg towards Bakewell, making times slower than in previous weeks.

Peter Colledge proved too strong for the rest of the field as he won in a time of 23 minutes and 12 seconds. His old rival Chris Green was not far behind in second place, finishing in a time of 23:28. Patrick Gould was just a further four seconds back in third place as he continues to search for the kind of form he had earlier on in the season.

Steve Heading showed he is getting stronger and stronger as the season progresses and he finished in fourth place with a time of 24 minutes exactly – just one second ahead of fifth-placed James Furniss.

Vicky Dawson was once again Matlock’s fastest lady rider, finishing in 13th place overall with a time of 26:06.

Tom Colton was the fastest youth rider, recording a very credible 26:22 on such a slow night.

It was a father–son one two on Thursday night in Matlock Cycling Club’s 10.4-mile long hilly time trial.

Chris Green won with ease as he finished in a time of 29 minutes and 43 seconds while hi son Arthur took second place with a time of 31 minutes and 26 seconds with Paul Hodgkinson finishing in third with a time of 31:44.

Kyle Fantom was the fastest youth rider, recording a time of 34:50, some 15 seconds faster than the previous week which was remarkable given the awful weather conditions, meaning all other riders recorded much slower times.

This week’s strong rides by Chris Green mean he has extended his lead in Matlock’s season-long points competition to 49 points from his closest rival Peter Colledge.

Four of Matlock’s time-triallists made the short trip over to Nottingham to take part in Mapperley CC’s ten-mile time-trial on Saturday.

Vicky Dawson had a fantastic ride and finished in third place in the ladies category. Dawson finished the course in a time of 25 minutes and 31 seconds and only narrowly missed out on second place by 11 seconds. The winning lady was Jackie Bull of VC Long Eaton, who recorded a time of 24:35.

Patrick Gould was the highest-placed male rider, finishing in 13th place overall with a time of 22 minutes and 1 second. Dominic Wibberley and Martin Stubbs both had solid riders with times of 23:05, and 25:50 respectively.

The event was won by I-Ride’s Matt Bottrill who finished in an astounding time of 19:49, over a minute quicker than his teammate, who finished in second place – Geoff Platts.