Matlock Cycling Club’s William Gascoyne produced one of his finest victories to date as he won the British Mountain Bike XC National Championship event on Sunday on a difficult and technical course on the Wasing Estate, near Aldermaston.
Gascoyne won the Juvenile race in a time of 38 minutes and 53 seconds, ahead of Daniel Tufett of Hargroves Cycles. The pair had been just one second apart after the first of two laps, but Gascoyne had paced himself well and powered ahead to take the victory by some 19 seconds.
In the same category, Gascoyne’s clubmate Cameron Orr finished inside the top 20 with a solid 17th place overall while Arthur Green and Sarah Lomas took part in the older Youth Category race, with Green finishing seventh male, and Lomas ninth female.
Tuesday night saw the return leg of the Matlock Cycling Club versus Derby Mercury Road Club Inter-Club time-trial Championship on Derby Mercury’s Long Lane Course near Kirk Langley.
There was yet again a fantastic turnout from both clubs, with a total of 42 riders taking to the start line.
Derby Mercury were hoping to overhaul the deficit from the first leg now that they were on their home course, and with their big hitters all turning out in force.
First place went to Derby Mercury’s Andy Eagers as he recorded the only sub-28 minute ride of the night, finishing in a very fast time of 27:46. Derby Mercury also bagged second place with Mark Morgan finishing on 28:25, while Matlock’s Richard Cordin was third on 28:39.
Matlock’s Patrick Gould then came home one second behind his teammate to take fourth spot with both clubs having 5 riders each inside the top 10.
The end result was incredibly tight, with Derby Mercury just managing to hang on to the trophy with a narrow winning margin of 869 points to Matlocks’ 854.
The weather played its part on Thursday night as Matlock’s 10.4-mile Long Hilly time-trial only had three hardy souls take to the start line due to the pouring rain.
Richard Cordin was the comfortable winner in a time of 28 minutes and 33 seconds, from Gareth Ferguson who was some four minutes further back on 32:36.
Kyle Fantom finished on 35:00 to make up the final position.
Some of Matlock’s top time-triallists took part in the Lincoln Wheeler’s Open 10-mile time-trial event on Saturday.
James Coleman of Witham Wheelers won the event in a time of 20 minutes and 22 seconds.
Three of Matlock’s riders finished inside the top ten, though with Richard Cordin coming seventh on 21:48, with teammates Doug Forrester in eighth place on 21:49 and Patrick Gould in tenth place on 22:05 – good enough to give Matlock the team prize for the combined times of the top three riders.
In other news, Matlock Cycling Club’s Gareth Ferguson and Patrick Smart took part in the East Midlands Road Race Series in Lincolnshire on Saturday.
The third and fourth category event attracted 40 riders on the quiet roads around Lincolnshire with full support vehicles.
Both Gareth and Patrick were involved in various breakaways throughout the 40-mile race, but none of which got away, meaning a bunch sprint ensued.
Patrick narrowly missed out on a top ten place, but Gareth finished a superb fourth overall. The event was won by Darren Jessop, who finished just a bike length ahead of second-placed Andrew Fraser.