Matlock cyclist Patrick Gould continued his dominance in this year’s 10-mile time-trial series with a narrow victory on Tuesday night.
In one of the most hotly contested events of the season so far, Adam Kenway of Buzz Cycles kitted himself out on an aerodynamic time-trial bike for the first time as he looked to topple in-form rider Gould.
It would be no easy feat as Gould has already set the course record and taken victory in all the 10-mile club events by some distance.
The two riders were on the same time near the halfway point at the island in Bakewell but Gould managed to take the win by just six seconds.
Gould’s time of 21 minutes and 43 seconds was 10 seconds short of his course record, but the second fastest time seen by a club rider.
Kenway had to settle for second place, but took some comfort in dipping under 22 minutes.
Andrew Woolf showed he has returned to the form that saw him win many events a few years ago, as he came third with a time of 22:24 – a time which until this year would have given him victory.
Remarkably, there were another four riders who also went under 23 minutes, with Kevin White just two seconds behind Woolf in fourth spot, and the ever-improving Mike Blair in fifth with a new personal best time of 22:42.
Arthur Green was the fastest rider on a standard road bike by some distance to take eighth, clocking a very impressive time of 23:48.
Marianne Heffron was once again the fastest female rider, coming home in 22nd spot overall on a time of 27:50.
Heffron now has a commanding lead in the women’s point’s series this season.
While 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 57:31 seconds which was good enough for him to take third place overall in what was a high-class open event field.
Smart also rode well to finish in a time of 62:26.
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 took 12th place overall and second girl behind the promoting club’s Isabella Escallera.
Elder sister Ellie sprinted well to take 12th place overall and third girl behind local girl Becky Surridge, and Poppy Wildman of Nottingham Clarion. Round seven takes place on June 29.