Smith sisters impress again while Gould takes time trial

Patrick Gould saw off the challenge of Adam Kenway to win the ten-mile time trial.
Patrick Gould saw off the challenge of Adam Kenway to win the ten-mile time trial.

Round six of the British Cycling National Youth Circuit Series saw Matlock CC’s Smith sisters continue their excellent run with podium appearances for both.

In the U10s race, younger sister Libby started well and maintained a good position in what quickly became a leading group of 14 riders.

Then a crash on the fourth lap split the leading group in two and Libby found herself chasing alone to get back up to the front of the race.

In the windy conditions, Libby struggled to close the gap and was eventually joined by the next chasing group, before in the final sprint to the finish, Libby took 12th place overall and second girl behind the promoting club’s Isabella Escallera.

Elder sister Ellie had a great race, doing more than her fair share of hard work at the head of the bunch in an effort to catch lone escapee and runaway series leader, Lewis Askey of Lichfield.

As usual, Askey was in a class of his own and went on to win by half a lap but despite her earlier efforts, Ellie sprinted well to take 12th place overall and third girl.

Round seven takes place at the Curborough Sprint Circuit near Lichfield on Saturday (29th).

Matlock Cycling Club’s Tuesday night ten-mile time-trial was one of the most hotly-contested events for some time, with most of the club’s top riders taking part in near perfect conditions.

Classy local rider Adam Kenway of Buzz Cycles had kitted himself out on an aerodynamic time-trial bike for the first time, so all eyes were on whether he could topple the inform club rider Patrick Gould.

Near the half way point at the island in Bakewell, the two riders were on the same time, but Gould managed to dig deep on the return to the finish to take a superb victory by just six seconds in 21.43.

Andrew Woolf came third with a time of 22.24.

Marianne Heffron was once again the fastest female rider, coming home in 22nd spot overall on a time of 27 minutes and 50 seconds.

Heffron now has a commanding lead in the women’s point’s series this season.

In other time-trialling news, Matlock’s Patrick Gould and junior rider Patrick Smart took part in the Griffydam 25-mile event organised by Derby Mercury.

Gould was once again on fine form, recording a time of 57 minutes and 31 seconds which was good enough for him to take third place overall, with Smart also riding well to finish in 62.26.