Mike Blair, a new Matlock Cycling Club member, took part in the 100km Peak 100 Sportive at the weekend.
Blair has been recording impressive times in the evening time-trials he’s been taking part in recently, and his form continued with an impressive result in the 100km event.
The weather was cold, sunny and dry all day but had some strong headwinds in places, making it a real battle for the 150 riders taking part.
After a great start, Blair took to the front of the leading group, and by the time they got to the first big climb of the day, the group was down to just four riders.
Blair constantly put big efforts in on the many ascents the route had in store, and eventually, with 70km still to go, he ended up with just one other rider as the pair worked together to open up a substantial gap on the chasing pack.
After 80 kilometres of riding, the pair got to Glutten Bridge and started the 11km climb up to Axe Edge through to the Cat and Fiddle. By this time, Blair’s legs were burning and he didn’t have enough left to respond to the attack by his breakaway compatriot.
Blair ended up finishing in a very impressive second place, one minute and 40 seconds down on the winner, and over five minutes ahead of the third-placed rider.
Finally, at the weekend’s round two of the National Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships held at Dalby Forest, in North Yorkshire, a number of local riders were in action.
Annie Last won the Elite category female section while Chris Metcalfe, riding for Charge Bikes, finished in 43rd place as he rides in first season with an Elite License.
Cameron Orr of Matlock Cycling Club finished inside the top ten with an eighth place finish in the Juvenile Male category.
Arthur Green, riding for Hope Race Team this year, finished in third place in the Youth Male category and Sarah Lomas of Matlock Cycling Club finished in fourth place in the Youth Female category.