Records tumble for ace Matlock riders

Peter Colledge, Matlock Cycling Club.
Peter Colledge, Matlock Cycling Club.

Matlock Cycling Club hosted its first Open 10-mile time-trial of the season on Sunday with many top riders from the local area taking part on the A6 course, between Darley Dale and Bakewell.

With all of Matlock’s top time-triallists riding, there were high hopes in the event HQ before the race with riders such as the in-form Patrick Gould, Richard Cordin and Peter Colledge, all smelling the chance of an Open event victory.

Unfortunately for the host club, this was not to be as Shaun Eden of Mapperley Cycling Club took the win with a time of 22 minutes and 5 seconds. Richard Cordin was just three seconds off the pace to take a fine second place, and with it a great time, given the blustery conditions.

Chesterfield CC’s veteran Alan Cooke took third place a further nine seconds back, with Peter Colledge having to settle for fourth spot overall with a time of 22 minutes and 20 seconds. Colledge had set off like a train and was the fastest man at the halfway point but could not sustain the pace on the return leg.

Only 11 riders took part in Matlock’s Easter Monday ten-mile time-trial near Hartington last week but despite that, three course records were set.

Second claim Matlock member James Tucker smashed the record with an astonishing time of 24 minutes and 11 seconds on the undulating course.

Second place went to Peter Colledge who set the veteran’s course record with a time of 25 minutes and 10 seconds.

Then up stepped Diane Lee, who set yet another women’s course record as she managed to go under 30 minutes with a superb time of 29 minutes and 40 seconds.

Patrick Gould proved once again he is the man to beat on the Ashford five-mile time-trial course this year after notching up his fourth consecutive win this season.

Gould won with a time of 11 minutes and 6 seconds, some 20 seconds slower than the previous week given the windy conditions.

He overcame his rival Peter Colledge by 20 seconds, with Steve Heading taking third spot and being the only other rider to go under 12 minutes.

Sarah Lomas, one of Matlock’s star junior riders in Cyclo-Cross, took part in her first ever club time-trial and was astonishingly quick, finishing with a time of 15 minutes and 44 seconds.

Matlock riders were in for a shock when they took to the start line on Thursday night for the 7.4-mile short hilly time trial from Cromford.

Two local pro riders rode down from Crich as part of their training schedule in order to race, meaning all the local pre-race favourites were left looking at each other wondering how much time they would lose to the full timers.

It wasn’t much.

Jack Adams did win the event with a time of 20 minutes and 3 seconds, but was only five seconds quicker than Matlock’s Leigh Fearn, who took second place.

Things might have been a little different had Keiron Tenniyon not taken a wrong turn, meaning he finished the course in a time of 22 minutes and 4 seconds.

Matlock’s Kevin White, riding his new time-trial specific bike for the first time, took third overall with a time of 21 minutes and 29 seconds, while last week’s winner David Fearn had the misfortune of dropping his chain, losing him valuable time.