Victory sends Chris to top of the table

Chris Green of Matlock Cycling Club.
Chris Green of Matlock Cycling Club.

Matlock Cycling Club’s time-trial series moved over to the later starting-mile time-trial and Long Hilly Courses this week.

Chris Green took advantage of the fact that many big-named riders were not taking part in the ten-mile time-trial on Tuesday night by earning a narrow win from the in-form Kevin White by a single second.

Green had been well up on White at the halfway point at Bakewell roundabout, but White made up ground on the return leg. Green finished in a time of 23 minutes and 47 seconds with White’s new personal best time being 23.48.

Matt Ingram came third and was the only other rider to finish under 24 minutes, recording a finishing time of 23 minutes and 54 seconds.

Patrick Smart was the fastest youth rider with a time of 25:37, narrowly beating fellow youth rider Tom Colton, who finished a very credible 11th overall with a time of 26:13. Sarah Lomas rode her first-ever ten-mile time-trial and recorded a very impressive 31:21.

Matlock’s Chris Green took his second win of the week on Thursday night at the 10.4-mile Long Hilly time-trial.

Green was the only rider to finish under 29 minutes, recording 28:53, which was exceptionally quick given the damp and windy conditions. James Furniss rode strongly to finish second with a time of 29:37, with Steve Heading taking third place with 30:04.

Arthur Green was the fastest youth rider, finishing in sixth place overall in a time of 30:56.

In Matlock Cycling Club’s season-long points competition, this week’s two victories catapulted Chris Green to the top of the table as he now has amassed 336 points from 16 rides. His old rival Peter Colledge is in second place with a total of 300 points from 14 rides.

In other news, Matlock time-triallist Stewart Marsh took part in yet another Swedish time-trial this week. Marsh competed in the 29km Formtoppen Hammerdal race. Marsh has been training hard over the winter and it is clearly paying off as he recorded another personal best time, finishing in 47 minutes and 8 seconds – nearly five minutes faster than his previous best time. The race was won by Tom Wieselblad.

South Pennine Road Club held its Bill Spencer Memorial 25-mile time-trial at the weekend on the notoriously quick A50-Etwall course.

The wind, however was a real issue for the riders, with many posting times up to four minutes slower than on previous occasions.

The event was won by i-Ride UK rider Matt Bottrill with a time of 50:39. Bottrill is one of the UK’s fastest time-triallists and used the event as a warm-up for next week’s National ten-mile Championship race, where he will do battle with the likes of Bradley Wiggins from team Sky.

The fastest Matlock rider was Richard Cordin, who posted 55 mins and 34 secs.