Colledge proves too strong and powerful

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Matlock Cycling Club’s hilly time-trial was cut short by five miles on Saturday due to road works near Grangemill.

The tough course – normally 25 miles in length – takes in the testing climbs through Youlgreave out through Long Rake towards Monyash, before descending down past Newhaven back towards Grangemill.

A fierce head wind punished the 16 participants during the first section of the course as they battled their way up the tough Youlgreave / Long Rake climbs.

The only comfort was the tail wind on the homeward leg, making for a speedy return from Newhaven.

Club veteran Peter Colledge - pictured - proved too strong and powerful for the rest of the field as he finished in a time of 57 minutes and 27 seconds.

Doug Forrester, a returning time-triallist who had been one of Matlock’s finest in recent generations, showed that he is once again going to be a force to be reckoned with as he finished an impressive second in his first race for more than a decade.

Forrester finished just 31 seconds down on Colledge’s time to come home in 57:58.

Matlock stalwart Chris Green finished in fourth place.

Kyle Fantom was the fastest youngster, finishing in a time of 1:14:21.

RESULTS: 1 Peter Colledge 57:27, 2 Doug Forrester 57:58, 3 Darryl May 58:12, 4 Chris Green 58:32, 5 Mark Etches 61:08, 6 Steve Heading 62:13, 7 Gareth Ferguson 64:00, 8 Andrew Briggs 67:21, 9 Gary Blackham 68:30, 10 Paul Hodgkinson 70:06, 11 Andrew Auld 71:02, 12 Kyle Fantom 74:21, 13 John White 74:58, 14 Mike Bradley 75:35, 15 Tom Colton 80:13, 16 Andrew Marshall 91:47.

Meanwhile, this year’s Midlands Mountain Bike CX Series began when Leicestershire Road Club put on a great event at Hicks Lodge.

The course proved very popular with the riders, with fast trail sections coupled with technical drop offs, made all the more enjoyable by the bright sunshine.

And there was considerable local success throughout the age categories.

Will Gascoyne, riding in his first season for Matlock Cycling Club, proved far too strong for the rest of the U14 Boys, winning the juvenile category from a high-class field.

Matlock’s Sarah Lomas had a solid start to the series, as she finished on the podium in the U16s Girls event.

Lomas had pushed Ffion James of Abergavenny RC and Amira Mellor of Holme Valley Wheelers all the way, but didn’t quite have the legs to challenge for the win, coming home in third place overall.

Local rider Arthur Green, racing for his new team Hope Factory Racing, finished in third place in the U16 Youth Boys category.

Matlock’s Gregg Booker came home a credible tenth overall in the same category.

Local Zepnat rider Diane Lee continued her good form shown during the cyclo cross season, as she was the comfortable winner in the women’s sport category.