It was a great day out for Matlock Cycling Club youngsters at the Midlands XC Mountain Bike Series at Birchall Golf and Leisure Club in Unstone, near Dronfield, on Sunday.
The club started the day leading the points series and then took no fewer than five podium places out of a maximum 12 in the under tens and under 13s races.
In the under tens race, Amelie Wayte finished in second place, with in-form Libby Smith coming third. Amelie had a close-fought race with Josie Nelson of Halesowen CC. The pair took turns to take the lead, while Libby worked hard to catch them.
Josie attacked on the last lap of a twisty little circuit, leaving Amelie with a second place to add to her two wins in the first two races of the series. Libby was held up by younger riders on the last climb of a steep bank so had to settle for third.
In the under 13s race, Matlock’s Tim Elsmore-Martin had a fantastic start as he rode clear from the chasing pack. He was joined by just one other rider who managed to keep pace with Tim, but was unable to match the pace on the long ascent at the back of the course, and was subsequently dropped, leaving Tim to finish alone in first place well ahead of the rest of the pack.
The under 13s girls’ race was a really tough contest between three very closely-matched rivals. Poppy Wildman, winner of the last round, led the three girls up the first climb followed by Ffyona Booker and Ellie Smith of Matlock Cycling Club. The Matlock CC pair then overtook Poppy and fought out a very close race. Ellie seemed to gain on the climb while Ffyonna gained on the tricky descent through the trees. On the last lap, Ellie managed to hold on to her narrow lead and then pulled away on the boggy lower section of the circuit to win her first race in the series.
The weather played its part in this week’s Matlock Cycling Club time-trials, with just three hardy riders braving the wind and rain for Easter Mondays ten-miler near Hartington, and the 7.4-mile Short Hilly event having to be cancelled due to the hailstorm that hit the area.
Chris Green took the victory on the ten-mile course with a time of 27 minutes and 14 seconds. Gareth Ferguson came second with a time of 29 minutes exactly while Ian Stuart was the only other rider to brave the elements finishing in third place on 34 minutes and 38 seconds.
Tuesday night’s Ashford five-mile time-trial luckily went ahead, with the riders only having to contend with the blustery conditions.
Richard Cordin took a well-deserved victory from Chris Green. Cordin clocked the winning time of 11 minutes and 14 seconds, while second-placed Green was a just 13 seconds off the pace, despite having raced the previous day, with an 11:27.
Andrew Dearing was the only other rider to go under 12 minutes, recording an 11:55.
Meanwhile, Matlock’s second 25-mile time-trial took place early on Sunday morning, with fast times recorded despite the near freezing conditions.
With the newly-laid road surface along the A6, times are likely to be quicker than in previous years, shown by the fact that five riders went under the hour.
Peter Colledge was the fastest rider, finishing in a time of 57 minutes and 49 seconds. Colledge narrowly edged out Belper RC’s Dave Wallwin by just five seconds.
Third place went to Doug Forrester who recorded a 58:15, edging Chris Green in to fourth spot by just six seconds.
The Matlock Cycling Club Points Series for the 2012 season has started to take shape, with the familiar names of Chris Green and Peter Colledge topping the table.
Green is in first place having amassed 127 points from nine events, while Colledge is in second place with 103 points from seven events.
The ever-improving Gareth Ferguson currently lies in third spot with 97 points from nine events.