Impressive Green comes home second in Cornwall challenge

Matlock CC rider Peter Colledge. (Photo by Eric Ruthenberg)
Matlock CC rider Peter Colledge. (Photo by Eric Ruthenberg)

Some of Matlock CC’s youngsters made the considerable journey to Wheal Maid Valley in Cornwall on Sunday to take part in the second round of this year’s British National XC Mountain Bike Series.

The highest place finisher was Matlock’s Arthur Green, who came a hugely impressive second in the youth male U16s category.

Clubmate William Gascoyne also had a good race with seventh place overall, while in-form Gregg Booker had to retire after 1 of 4 laps due to mechanical problems.

Booker’s younger sister, Ffyonna, managed to finish in seventh place in the girls juvenile U14 category, while in the juvenile 14 male category, Cameron Orr recorded very impressive fourth spot overall.

In the youth U16s race, local rider Sarah Lomas also finished just off the podium in fourth spot.

Matlock Cycling Club’s Ellie and Libby Smith both enjoyed more success in the third event of this season’s Mallory Park Youth Circuit races, with both extending their winning runs and league leadership.

With the U16s starting first, closely followed by the younger age groups, both sisters quickly worked their way through the field to finish amongst the older riders.

They then travelled to Victoria Park in Leamington Spa on Saturday to once again take part in circuit races.

Libby was the first U10 girl in sixth place overall, and first girl.

Ellie had her best circuit race so far, eventually finishing in fourth place overall and first girl by a lap.

l No fewer than 19 riders took to the start line of Matlock CC’s five-mile time-trial at Ashford on Tuesday night.

Patrick Gould set a new course record after a commanding victory that saw him win by nearly 40 seconds from Chris Green.

Maz Heffron won the ladies event, recording a time of 13 minutes and 41 seconds, with Dawn Watson in second place and Marianne Kuszynski in third.

Heffron now has a lead of four points in the women’s overall series this year, having amassed 19 points from three events.

l Matlock CC’s hilly time-trial on Thursday saw ten riders tackle the 6.5 mile course starting in Cromford.

Chris Green broke the 19-minute barrier for the first time this year to take a very impressive win, recording 18:59.

Second place went to Kevin White, just 18 seconds further back, with Bruce Daton third in 19:55.

Peter Colledge took a commanding win during Matlock CC’s 25-mile time-trial early on Sunday morning.

Colledge was one of only two riders to go under the magical one hour barrier, recording a very impressive time of 57 minutes and 17 seconds.

The ride of the day though went to Andy Woolf, who showed a real return to form as he came second in a superb time of 58 minutes and 19 seconds.

l The second of this year’s Round The Pond circuit races took place at Whitworth Park.

In the first U7 race, four riders set off together and by the end of the first lap Tom Woolf was in the lead, closely followed by Ben Mellor, who then failed to negotiate a corner and retired leaving Tom to finish in first place, but Oscar Atkinson (2nd) and Robbie Milton (3rd) were not far behind.

Hugo Atkinson, in his first ever circuit race, finished fourth boy.

Lucy Kuszynski took first place in the girls’ race with Sophie Hopkinson second.

In the second race, Ben Mellor was the winner this time with Tom Woolf in second.

In the second girls race Sophie took advantage of Lucy’s mechanical problem to take first place.

In the U9s, Sam Gould won both races, pushed all the way by Tom Milton (2nd) and Alec Gordon (3rd). Holly Hoy rode strongly to finish first girl.

The U11s and Over 11s races were combined. Marianna Kuszynski dominated both from the start and finished first O11 girl, Sara Gould second each time.

John Hursthouse took first place in the O11 boys’ race, whilst Nathan Gould won both U11 races.

l Matlock CC’s Amelie Wayte travelled to Woking to take part in the British Schools Cycling Association National Mountain Bike Championships.

She put in a strong performance despite a slow start, fighting her way back through the field to finish in an excellent third place overall in the U12s category.