Matlock Cycling Club changed the date of the Winster Circuit Championship race, historically held early on in the season when the weather has been cooler and riders have less form, so it was no surprise to see two course records fall on Thursday in warm and still conditions.
Local pro rider Will Fox won the event, setting a new course record time of 23 minutes and 58 seconds for the undulating ten-mile circuit. His fellow teammate Dexter Gardas came second.
It was veteran Peter Colledge who was the first of Matlock’s usual riders, finishing in third place overall in a time of 25:05, bagging the new veterans course record.
Patrick Gould came in fourth place with Steve Heading finishing in fifth.
Charge Bikes rider Chris Metcalfe once again competed on his mountain bike and finished in eighth place overall.
Peter Colledge claimed yet another club championship win when he won Matlock Cycling Club’s 25-mile time-trial.
Colledge won by a considerable margin, finishing in a new veteran record time of 56 minutes and 24 seconds.
Second place went to Matt Ingram, who was the only other rider to go under the hour with a time of 59:05. Chris Watts was third.
Diane Lee was the fastest lady rider, clocking an impressive 1hour 8 minutes and 23 seconds.
Meanwhile, Matlock hosted the Burton and District Cycling Association 50-mile time-trial on Sunday. The course is run between Bakewell and Matlock with riders encircling Bakewell island four times, and Matlock island three times before finishing just south of Haddon Hall.
Peter Colledge, not content with breaking two veteran course records this week, rode to a massively impressive win with yet another record-breaking time of 1hour 55 minutes and 38 seconds.
Colledge not only set a new veteran club record, but he also broke the senior record too and beat his previous personal best by more than three minutes. Having started off steadily, Colledge just increased the power and gradually overcame Leamington C&AC rider Rob Weare.
Third place went to Matlock’s Lee Shunburne who was the only other rider to go under 2hours – finishing in 1hour, 57 minutes, 32 seconds.
Finally, riders started Matlock CC’s Tuesday night’s ten-mile time trial in warm and pleasant conditions meaning times were quicker than in previous weeks.
With many of the recent winners absent on the night, Steve Heading took full advantage by recording a season’s best time of 23 minutes and 36 seconds to take his first ten-mile win of the season.
Heading narrowly edged out Matt Ingram who finished just four seconds back in a time of 23:40. Neil Armitage set a new personal best time – narrowly missing out on going under 24 minutes for the first time on the course with a 24:06. David Fearn was the fastest rider on a standard road bike.
Youth rider Sarah Lomas continued to impress in her first season time-trialling. Lomas finished in a time of 30 minutes and 47 seconds as she continues to improve in the discipline.