Good displays from Matlock cyclists in weekend events

Libby Smith is pictured in action in Durham on Sunday

Libby Smith is pictured in action in Durham on Sunday

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Nottingham Clarion organised and promoted the ninth round of this season’s Notts and Derby Cyclo Cross League at the Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre on Saturday.

The event was run in mild and dry conditions, but after the recent weather, the course was muddy and slippery in places.

Once again, Matlock Cycling Club had a great turn out, with successes across the various age groups.

Derby Mercury’s Otto Chilton won the first race of the day – the U9s category. He has dominated the category so far this year and finished well clear of second-placed rider Jake Kennedy of VC Lincoln.

Third place went to Matlock Cycling Club’s Louis Swindell who rode superbly well, a further 33 seconds back on the second placed rider.

Matlock’s Harriet Limb and Holly Hoy scored a great one-two for in the girls U9s category, as the pair finished well clear of the chasing pack.

Matlock Cycling Club’s Amelie Wayte was the winner of the girls U12s race, with teammates Elizabeth Webster and Sarah Briggs second and third respectively.

In the boys U12s race, Derby Mercury’s Ben Chilton made it a great day for the family, as the elder brother backed up his younger brother’s win earlier by taking a fine solo victory.

More high placings followed in the youth race, with Matlock’s Cameron Orr finishing in fifth place having been in contention with the leaders throughout.

John Webster – elder brother of Elizabeth Webster – took a fine third place in the U14s youth race, which was won by the host club’s Tom Dussek.

Local Mule Bar Girl Team rider Diane Lee was the comfortable winner in the women’s senior race, finishing alone, well clear of the chasing pack, but was joined on the podium by another local rider and teammate, Phoebe Sneddon.

Matlock’s Maz Heffron and Christine Howard also rode very well to finish in third and fourth place respectively in the female veteran category, whilst Chris Green finished in fourth place in the male veteran 45s category.

Dave Fletcher of Team Orange took the win in the men’s senior race, with local riders Chris Metcalfe and Lee Shunburne finishing in the top ten with fourth and sixth place respectively.

Matlock’s junior rider Arthur Green was once again in great form as he raced with the seniors, finishing in eighth place overall, and comfortably the fastest junior rider.

The following day, Matlock Cycling Club’s Ellie Smith, Libby Smith and Will Gascoyne made the journey north to take part in the third round of this year’s National Trophy Cyclo Cross race at Durham.

Ellie, competing in the girls U14s category, had a great race to take a well-deserved top five place, finishing in fourth spot. Smith remains in fourth place overall in the standings.

Sister Libby came third in the U12 girls race, while Gascoyne finished in 16th place overall in the U16s boys race, and now lies in seventh place in the overall standings.