Green extends his lead after latest win

Chris Green of Matlock Cycling Club.
Chris Green of Matlock Cycling Club.

Matlock Cycling Club’s midweek time-trials returned to the earlier starting Ashford five-mile and Short Hilly courses this week.

Tuesday saw eight riders contest the Ashford five-mile time-trial in wet conditions, but the summer form of the riders meant times were still quick.

Chris Green put in a great showing to take a win on the course with a time of 11 minutes and 6 seconds, to extend his lead in the annual points competition.

Green edged out Richard Cordin by just two seconds, while Gareth Ferguson finished in third place, just another three seconds back.

Despite the forecast, the rain held off for Thursday night’s 7.4-mile Short Hilly time-trial, which starts near Cromford station before climbing up through Lea, and then descending down through Tansley to finish at Starkholmes.

Fourteen riders took to the start line, but it was Patrick Gould who proved the fastest.

Gould clocked a new personal best time to record the win in a mightily impressive 19 minutes and 32 seconds.

Chris Green had to settle for second place, finishing in 19:39, while Kevin White secured a new personal best time for the course, going under 20 minutes for the first time with a 19:49.

Steve Strange was the fastest rider on a standard road bike, recording a time of 20 minutes and 53 seconds.

Karen Ledger put in a solid performance, finishing in a time of 23 minutes and 49 seconds, the fastest time by a lady rider on the course this year.

In other time-trial news, Matlock Cycling Club’s new recruit Alan Cooke made an early impression has he broken the club record for the 50-mile distance, recording a superb 1 hour 46 minutes during the Burton and District Cycling Association (BDCA) event on the A50 – Etwall course on Saturday.

He was joined by clubmate Doug Forrester in going under 1 hour 50 minutes, as Forrester secured a solid 1:49 in the event.

Meanwhile, over near Newark on the fast A1 course hosted by Newark Cycling Club, Matlock members Chris Sharp and Alan Fox took part in the Open ten-mile event.

Awful weather conditions with driving rain meant the start was delayed by 15 minutes, and many riders did not start, but Sharp and Fox completed the times, finishing in 23:31 and 25:42 respectively.

The event was won by Lutterworth Cycling Club’s Matt Sinclair who recorded the only sub-20 minute ride of the day, finishing in 19:54.