Matlock Cycling Club’s 10.4-mile Long Hilly time-trial had a new winner on Thursday night as Kevin White recorded the fastest time on the course this year with a remarkable 27 minutes and 38 seconds.
After a solid winter/ spring of time-trial specific training, White’s newfound form was there for all to see as he knocked some 30 seconds off his personal best time.
Winner of so many hilly time-trials Chris Green had to make do with second place, despite setting a season’s best time of 28 minutes and 6 seconds.
Third place went to Mike Blair, who also set a new personal best time and went under 30 minutes for the first time this year with 29:23.
With the sun shining and near perfect weather conditions, many riders set seasons best times.
Matlock’s Tuesday night 10-mile time-trial along the A6 between Darley Dale and Bakewell proved as popular as ever with 31 riders taking to the start line.
Dave Wallwin was once again the fastest rider, narrowly missing out on going under 22 minutes for the first time this year on the course with a very impressive 22:02.
Patrick Gould – winner of so many early season time-trials – had to settle for second place but still recorded a solid 22:26, edging veteran rider Chris Green into 3rd with 22:33.
Kevin White was the only other rider to go under 23 minutes on the night, recording 22:52, just four seconds off his personal best time.
Matt Ingram’s form continues to improve as he recorded a season’s best time of 23 minutes and 8 seconds.
In the female competition, Marianne Heffron (27:09) was once again victorious and now has a commanding lead in the overall women’s points series. Second female on the night went to Sue Dawson who recorded a time of 30:55, with Mel Slaney in third place on 32:48.
In other news, Matlock Cycling Club’s Mike Blair took part in the 97-mile Tour of the Peaks Sportive at the weekend. Three hundred and eighty one riders took part on the longest of the three available routes, in one of the toughest sportives on the British calendar, taking in many of the notorious climbs within the Peak District.
Despite having a mechanical issue meaning that he had to ride for almost four hours, with only a limited number of gears available, Blair managed to finish in an incredible 15th place overall, recording a time of six hours and 17 minutes.
Medals are awarded for riders achieving certain times, and Blair was only 17 minutes off recording a gold medal, which was only given to the one rider who took the win and recorded the only sub-six-hour ride.