Ashfield RC promoted the fourth round of this year’s Notts and Derby Cyclo Cross League on Saturday at the Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell, with Matlock Cycling Club in attendance
The record number of riders turning out for the various age category races continues, as the sport continues to grow in popularity.
The cold but sunny conditions were perfect for some high paced racing, with many local riders once again successful right across the board.
Matlock Cycling Club’s Sam Gould took yet another victory in the first race of the day, the under nines. Gould broke clear early on and opened up a considerable lead over the chasing pack, eventually crossing the line 37 seconds ahead of the second placed rider, clubmate Louis Swindell, with Henry Parsons taking the final podium spot just one second further back.
Harriet Limb – also of Matlock Cycling Club – won the girls under nines event.
Jenson Young of Pedal Sport avenged last week’s loss to Nottingham Clarion’s Poppy Wildman as he took the win in the Under 12s race, finishing 12 seconds ahead of Wildman, who was first in the girls event. Matlock’s Ellie Smith rode very well to finish second in the under 12s race.
Reuben Orr also had a solid race, finishing inside the top ten, placing sixth boy in the under 12s at 25 seconds down on the winner’s time.
Elder brother Cameron Orr of Matlock Cycling Club is having a great season in the Youth Under 14s category and that continued on Saturday as he took his third win out of four races, finishing well ahead of second-placed rider Scott Hookway of Sherwood Pines.
The race is run with both the under 14s and under 16s riding at the same time, and such was Orr’s strength that he beat many of the older riders too.
Matlock nearly doubled up with the win in the boys under 16s race with Will Gascoyne, but Derby Mercury’s Tom Weeds had other ideas as he recorded another win, edging Gascoyne out by 35 seconds. Gascoyne’s performance was very impressive indeed, though, as he opted to practice riding his mountain bike rather than the faster specific cyclo-cross bikes.
Gascoyne’s clubmate Gregg Booker also had a very good race as he placed highly once again, finishing in sixth place overall, two minutes and 56 seconds down on Weed’s winning time.
The seniors’ race had a huge field once again, with 148 riders taking to the start line.
Clay Cross Race Team’s Gareth Whithall took the overall victory, but not by much as a bunch of three riders came to the finish line together for a bunch sprint.
Whithall had too much of a kick, opening up a two-second gap by the chequered flag over Nottingham Clarion’s Andrew Stuart, and last year’s league winner Chris Metcalfe of Charge Bikes, who finished on the same time in second and third place respectively.
Zepnat Race Team’s James Furniss’s good start to the season continued, as he finished in seventh place overall, 1 minute and 26 seconds down on Whithall.
Furniss’s teammate Diane Lee was the comfortable winner in the women’s race, finishing 3 minutes and 8 seconds ahead of second-placed rider Melissa Mather, also of Zepnat, while Matlock’s Maz Heffron took a solid third place, just a handful of seconds further back.
The riders now have a two-week break before the fifth round at Allestree Park on October 6.