Double delight for in-form ace Cardin

Richard Cordin
Richard Cordin

This week saw two trophies up for grabs at Matlock Cycling Club as the Ashford five-mile time-trial and Short Hilly time-trial championships were contested.

Once again, Richard Cordin proved he is the quickest of the current crop of time-triallists in the club as he won both events with commanding time gaps.

At Ashford, Cordin powered his way to a fine win on what was a slow night in terms of time, due to the unfavourable wind. Cordin finished the course in a time of 11 minutes and 9 seconds, some 18 seconds quicker than second-placed Peter Colledge. Leigh Fearn came in third with a time of 11 minutes and 31 seconds as he continues to gain form with the season progressing.

The previous week’s winner, Patrick Gould, had to settle for fourth place overall, nearly a minute down on previous weeks times due to a mechanical issue.

Vicky Dawson was the first lady finisher in 12 minutes and 50 seconds, with Patrick Smart the fastest junior rider – coming home in 12th position with a time of 12 minutes and 57 seconds.

With one championship win under his belt already, Cordin, full of confidence, turned his attention to Thursday night’s 7.4-mile short-hilly time-trial.

He completed the course in an unbelievably quick 19 minutes and 27 seconds and was the only rider on the night to go under the 20-minute barrier, retaining the championship and making it a fine week’s work by winning both club championships.

Second place went to Peter Colledge, who finished in 20 minutes and 11 seconds – beating Chris Green for the first time on the hilly course and Leigh Fearn, who tied for third place with times of 20 minutes and 25 seconds.

Kevin White set a new personal best time of 20 minutes and 24 seconds to finish in fifth, with Steve Heading being the only other rider to go under 21 minutes, finishing in 6th place at 20:39.

Arthur Green proved he was still the quickest junior rider when the road heads upwards, clocking a superb time of 21 minutes and 45 seconds – taking eighth place overall.

Meanwhile, Doncaster Wheelers hosted the fourth round of the RTTC Rudy Project Time-Trial Series on Saturday.

Matlock’s Vicky Dawson took part in this national event, finishing a very credible tenth with a time of 33 minutes and 41 seconds over a circuit almost 13 miles long.

The event was won by multiple national time-trial champion and Commonwealth Games medallist Julia Shaw of in 29 minutes and 40 seconds.

Matlock’s 15-year-old youth rider Tom Colton has set a new personal best for a ten-mile time-trial when riding the South Pennine Club course near Etwall last week.

He smashed his personal best time by nearly two and a half minutes, recording a superb 23:54.

He has recently started working with top coach Rick Clarke and this is clearly paying dividends as he continues to show huge improvements.