Fantom ghosts past rivals in time trials

Kyle Fantom
Kyle Fantom

Richard Cordin obliterated the field on Tuesday as he yet again won Matlock Cycling Club’s ten-mile time-trial.

Cordin finished in a time of 21 minutes and 55 seconds – averaging over 27mph. His closest competitor was Patrick Gould, who was over a minute behind, finishing in 23 minutes. Peter Colledge was third with a time of 23:07.

Matt Ingram continued to make progress this season as he recorded a season’s best of 23:43, and was the only other rider under 24 minutes, finishing fourth.

Kyle Fantom was the fastest youth rider. He finished in 16th place with a time of 29:09, very impressive if you consider the fact he rides a standard road bike with no aero aids.

Cordin’s superb time was not far off his own course record (currently set at 21:43), and with the newly-laid surface on the A6 between Darley Dale and Bakewell, he looks set to the lower the time when the weather is favourable.

Matlock’s Thursday night 10.4-mile Long Hilly time-trial was held in near-perfect conditions. Incredibly, five riders managed to go under 29 minutes on the tough course.

Chris Green took full advantage to record the win in a very quick time of 28minutes and 11 seconds. Green narrowly edged out Leigh Fearn who finished just ten seconds back.

Local pro rider Will Fox finished in third with a time of 28:42. It would have been much quicker had he not dropped a chain halfway round, meaning he had to dismount and put the chain back on.

Patrick Gould and Steve Heading tied for fourth with a time of 28:50. Kevin White finished in sixth, narrowly missing out on a personal best as he recorded 29:01.

Worthy of note was Charge Bikes rider Chris Metcalfe, who rode his mountain bike with knobbly tyres and still managed to finish in a time of 30 minutes and 30 seconds – good enough for ninth overall.

Once again Kyle Fantom was the fastest youth rider – finishing in 15th place overall with a time of 35 minutes and 5 seconds.

Meanwhile, Richard Cordin’s current form led him to fifth in Sheffrec CC’s Open ten-mile time-trial.

Cordin finished with a time of 21 minutes and 53 seconds, beating many top riders from the region. Cordin’s Matlock teammate Andrew Dearing is recovering from knee surgery as he finished in 23:20, good enough for 17th from the 73 starters. The event was won by Sportscovers.com rider Kevin Dawson, the only one to go under 21 minutes, clocking 20:43.

Many of the club’s youth riders took part in the Midlands XC Mountain Bike Championships held on Sunday at Birchall, just outside of Chesterfield.

There were notable rides for Reuben Orr who won the boys under 10s event, with brother Cameron finishing in third in the Under 12s. Ffyona Booker won the Under 12s girls race while Tim Elsmore-Martin finished in fourth in the Under 12s boys race.

Gregg Booker finished fourth in the Under 14s boys to cap off a solid day’s racing.