Young cyclists impress in the snow at Sherwood Pines

Cameron Orr, pictured earlier this year, earned a top ten finish at Sherwood Pines
Cameron Orr, pictured earlier this year, earned a top ten finish at Sherwood Pines

Despite the severe weather conditions, the first round of this season’s National XC Mountain Bike Series took place at the ever-popular Sherwood Pines venue in Nottinghamshire.

Many Matlock Cycling Club members took part, with once again considerable success across the age categories.

Ffyona Booker’s excellent start to the year continued, as she made the podium in the Juvenile Female under 14s category.

Booker was in contention throughout the race, but was just edged out by Emily Wadsworth of Beelines Bicycles and Megan James of Abergavenny RT to take a very impressive third spot.

In the boys under 14s Juvenile category, Matlock Cycling Club’s Cameron Orr also had an excellent ride.

Orr finished comfortably inside the top ten of what was a first class field, coming home in fifth place overall.

In the older youth Under 16s category, there were also high placings with Gregg Booker taking eighth place with club mate Arthur Green coming home in tenth from a field of over 50 riders.

Sarah Lomas also performed strongly to finish in fifth place in the Female Youth category.

The weather did put paid to the Matlock Cycling Club 25-mile time-trial on Sunday morning, with the snow lining the A6 meaning the event had to be cancelled.

l Matlock Cycling Club member Richard Thoday is set to wheel out his Penny Farthing again for this year’s ‘Pennies in the Park’ meeting at Thoresby Park in Ollerton, near Newark.

Thoday organised a similar event in Matlock in 2011, where an hour’s racing took place in a tight circuit at Hall Leys Park.

Now, Retford Wheelers’ Graeme Waters, who raced in the Matlock event, has organised the latest gathering as part of the Thoresby Festival of Cycling on May 17 and 18.

It will also include the addedattraction of an attempt to break a Guinness World Record.

The intention is to try and attempt to break the current ratified Penny Farthing Stack Record of 131 Penny Farthings in a line on the lawns in front of Thoresby Hall.

Details for the event are at