By Steve Strange
MATLOCk Cycling Club members were in action at Whitwell Sailing Club, based at Rutland Water, as the sixth and final round of the British Cyclo Cross National Trophy Series took place on Sunday.
The course was very twisty with many technical sections to keep the competitors on their mettle. Together with mild and dry weather conditions, it made for a great final spectacle in what has been a very exciting series.
Matlock youth under 14s rider Arthur Green secured the overall series, having dominated it all season.
Recovering from a virus, Green remained slightly under par but managed to secure second place in the race after just losing out to Joseph Fry of Welwyn Wheelers.
The two riders had a considerable gap to the chasing bunch as each lap went by. Green failed to shake off Fry in the final lap, having launched a series of attacks and just narrowly missed out in the sprint finish for the line.
Out of the six-round series, Green knocked up an impressive four wins, and two second places to totally dominate the category. Close rival Jake Pool of Cyclesport UK managed to hang on to second place but was some 50 points back from Green’s overall tally.
In the same category, Green’s teammate Gregg Booker put in another solid performance to secure a top ten finish in the overall series.
In the girls youth under 14s category, Matlock’s Sarah Lomas remained as consistent as ever, finishing in third place on the day, and third place in the overall series.
Lomas was outgunned by the recently crowned National Champion Charlotte Broughton of Leicestershire RC and her team mate Grace Garner, but showed real grit and determination to keep the other riders at bay.
In the girls under 12s category, Fyyona Booker of Matlock Cycling Club rode superbly to take yet another win.
The under 12s category doesn’t have its own National Series but Booker’s impressive displays this season give real hope for when she moves up in to the under 14s youth category.