Matlock Cycling Club’s evening time-trial series got underway on Tuesday on the five-mile Ashford course.
Richard Cordin won the event in a time of 10 minutes and 51 seconds – just 11 seconds off the course record held by Chris Green. Cordin’s average speed was very impressive at just over 27.5mph.
The in-form Patrick Gould took a well-deserved second place with a time of 11 minutes. This was a personal best for Gould, incredible given it was so early in the season, showing he will be a real contender in the time-trial series. Third place went to Peter Colledge.
Patrick Smart was the fastest junior rider, finishing sixth overall in a time of 12 minutes and 39 seconds. There was a personal best too for junior rider Tom Colton, in 12 minutes and 49 seconds – averaging nearly 23.5mph.
Matlock’s Thursday Short-Hilly time-trial had to be run with an amended route due to temporary traffic lights in Tansley.
The course starts near the railway station in Cromford, and climbs through Lea up to Five Ways near Dethick. The riders normally then drop down to Matlock Green but instead did another loop back to Lea an up to Dethick again.
Kevin White came out on top in his first time trial of the year by winning in a mightily impressive time of 21 minutes and 27 seconds – 20 seconds faster than second-placed rider Chris Green, who is normally so dominant on this course. White’s win was his first ever time-trial victory.
Despite riding a mountain bike, Arthur Green was still the fastest junior rider on the night, in 11th place in a time of 25 minutes and 27 seconds.
Meanwhile, riders awoke early on Sunday morning to contest Matlock’s 25-mile time trial, on the A6 between Matlock and Bakewell.
Peter Colledge just edged out Andy Woolf by 14 seconds. Colledge won in a time of 57 minutes and 4 seconds. The two riders were just one second apart at the halfway split, but Woolf had gone out too hard and paid the price towards the end as he dropped off the pace while Colledge was able to push right to the finish line.
Third place went to Dominic Wibberley who finished in 59 minutes and 1 second – just five seconds ahead of Chris Green.
Patrick Smart was the fastest junior rider once again but was a little slower than the previous week.
Stewart Marsh rode well to finish in sixth place with a time of 1 hour 5 minutes and 39 seconds – his fastest time on the course for some time.
Sherwood Pines hosted round one of this year’s British XC Mountain Bike Series on Sunday.
The course always provides close, fast racing as it utilises a high number of trails and is an exciting opener to the season.
Great Longstone’s Annie Last – riding for Boardman Elite – took a fine second place in the Elite Women category – missing out on the win by just 28 seconds.
Chris Metcalfe – riding for Charge Bikes – came eighth in the Expert Male category.
There was also success for local rider Matt Sumpton of CNP-Orbea racing team as he managed to finish in second place in the Junior Male category.
Other successes for Matlock CC came in the Juvenile age group with Arthur Green and Sarah Lomas finishing third, Gregg Booker 12th and Cameron Orr 25th.
Finally, the Darley Moor Circuit near Ashbourne held the British Schools Cycling Association East Midlands Area Circuit Race on Sunday.
Matlock Cycling Club members were dominant in all the categories. Libby Smith of Wirksworth Junior School won the Under Eight Girls event with close rival Elizabeth Webster a close second.
Ellie Smith took the honours in the Under 10 Girls race with Reuben Orr of Bonsall Primary winning the boys event – edging out Lea Primary’s Harry Morley.
Reuben’s older brother Cameron won the Under 12 Boys, while Josh Eaton had a win in the over 16s boys race.