Richard powers to his latest race win

Richard Cordin of Matlock Cycling Club
Richard Cordin of Matlock Cycling Club

MANY riders turned out for the Ashford Five-Mile and Short Hilly time trials last week, with just one round of Matlock Cycling Club’s evening time-trial series to go.

They were attempting to set personal best times and fight it out for the final points standings competition.

Tuesday night’s Ashford event was won by Richard Cordin, who has had a superb season and has won the majority of the club time-trials he’s taken part in.

Cordin clocked a time of 11 minutes and 8 seconds and was up on second-placed rider Chris Green all the way round the course. Green finished in 11 minutes and 16 seconds – some six seconds faster than his old rival Pete Colledge who came home in third spot.

Neil Armitage’s good form continued as he finished in fourth place with an 11:55 – being the only other rider on the night to go under 12 minutes.

Fifth and sixth spot were taken by the ever-improving juvenile riders Patrick Smart and Tom Colton. This time, Smart had the edge recording a time of 12:03 – some seven seconds fastest than Colton’s time.

Thursday’s 7.4-mile Short Hilly time-trial was one of the fastest so far this year with many riders recording season’s best times due to the favourable southerly wind that blew the riders up the climb from Cromford.

Chris Green proved too strong for the rest as he took yet another victory on the course. He was made to work hard for it, though, by Steve Heading and Green’s winning margin was much tighter than usual as he finished just seven seconds ahead of Heading’s time.

Green completed the course in 20 minutes and 1 second with Heading finishing in 20:08.

Third place went to James Furniss, who was the only other rider to finish under 21 minutes – recording a time of 20:44.

Carl Dyke, recent winner of the Matlock Cycling Club Road Race Championships, performed strongly, setting a season’s best time of 21:27 to finish in fourth spot.

Tom Colton put in an immense performance as his form keeps on getting better and better. He finished in a personal best time of 22 minutes and 13 seconds.

In other news, 15-year-old Tom Colton’s season got even better when he entered his first ever ten-mile open event at the weekend.

Colton took part in the Yorkshire Velo competition and recorded yet another personal best time, ducking under 23 minutes for the first time with 22:59.

Colton has been having coaching from Matlock’s Richard Clark, which has really paid dividends, culminating in a near on four-minute improvement on his ten-mile personal best time.

Matlock’s veteran rider Martin Stubbs travelled the short distance to take part in the Leicester Forest Cycling Club’s Open ten-mile time-trial at the weekend.

Stubbs performed strongly and set an impressive time of 24 minutes and 34 seconds to finish 29th.

The event attracted a top class field with many national standard riders taking part.