Cordin braves wind and rain to win race

Richard Cordin
Richard Cordin

Fifteen riders took to the start line at this week’s Matlock Cycling Club Ashford five-mile time-trial, where once again Patrick Gould proved he is the man to beat on the flat.

Gould was made to work hard for his victory though as just 28 seconds separated the top four finishers.

Gould finished in a time of 11 minutes and 8 seconds, with Richard Cordin in second place, just nine seconds further back.

Chris Green finished third in 11:22 while Kevin White was only two seconds of a personal best, finishing in fourth place on 11:34.

Mike Blair was the fastest finisher on a standard road bike, clocking 12 minutes and 11 seconds to come home seventh overall.

Awful weather greeted the eight hardy riders who contested Thursday’s 7.4-mile Short Hilly time-trial.

The conditions were wet but at least the wind was blowing in the right direction as it helped the riders up the climb from the Smedley Factory up on to the tops near Lea and Dethick.

Chris Green, winner of so many hilly time-trials in recent years, had to settle for second place as guest rider Adam Kenwat took a comfortable victory.

Kenwat is the first rider this season to dip under the 20-minute mark, finishing in a very impressive time of 19 minutes and 57 seconds.

Green was 40 seconds back, finishing on 20:37, exactly one minute ahead of third-placed rider Paul Hodgkinson.

The awful weather continued, making Sunday’s 25-mile time-trial along the A6 between Bakewell and Matlock particularly difficult.

In wet, windy and cold conditions, Richard Cordin still managed to go under the hour, winning the event in a time of 59 minutes and 6 seconds, nearly five minutes slower than the course record he shares with Peter Colledge.

Paul Hodgkinson came second, in 67:48, while Mike Blair, riding on his road bike, was third in 68:24.