Time-trial joy for in-form Ferguson

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Gareth Ferguson’s impressive form this season led him to his first-ever Matlock Cycling Club Championship win on Tuesday night on the flat ten-mile time-trial course along the A6.

Ferguson clocked a winning time of 22 minutes and 46 seconds – averaging just over 26mph. He edged out serial winner Chris Green in to second spot by just a single second, while Matt Ingram grabbed third spot with yet another sub-23 minute ride, finishing on 22:51.

Local rider Bruce Dalton made his first appearance on the course this season to record a time of 23 minutes and 32 seconds to claim fourth spot, while Mike Blair recorded his first sub-24 minute ride, setting a new personal best time of 23:43 to finish fifth.

Richard Thoday, well known for riding his Penny Farthing, opted for a more modern bicycle, and finished in a time of 24:07, his fastest time on the course this season.

Meanwhile, Matlock Cycling Club’s 10.4-mile Long Hilly time-trial was held on Thursday nights, under some angry looking clouds.

Just three minutes after the first rider had started, the heavens opened and never let up as eight riders braved the conditions on the tough course.

Chris Green once again proved too strong for the rest of the field, as he recorded the only sub-29 minute ride of the evening, finishing in a winning time of 28:42, averaging almost 22mph.

Steve Heading was placed second, finishing in a season’s best time of 29:03 while youngster Cameron Orr recorded his highest finishing position so far this season, coming home in third spot on 35:12.