Gronlund takes Riber by storm

Matlock Cycling Club’s double header hill climb took place on Sunday and having won previously at Beeley Moor and Monsal Head Hill, expectations were high for RST Racing Team rider Gunnar Gronlund.

And he did not disappoint.

He make light work of the climb to record a superb time of 3-36 seconds nearly four second faster than the second placed ride Mike Cuming of Twenty 3C Race Team.

Matt Clinton was third place in 3-45.2 while Endura’s Dave Clarke came home fourth in 3-47.1

Just four tenths of a second separated Matlock Cycling Club’s father-son duo Chris and Arthur Green.

Father Chris just had the edge by the narrowest of margins as he recorded 4-18.0 with Arthur finishing on 4-18.4.

Arthur’s time smashed his own previous juvenile course record by over half a minute, while Chris was comfortably first overall in the veteran’s category.

They were the only two Matlock riders to finish inside the top ten placing eighth and ninth respectively.

Chris Sharp was 11th with a superb 4-23.5 – narrowly edging out Peter Colledge who recorded a personal best time of 4-26.8 to finish in 12th spot.

Having raced some four hours earlier up the tougher Riber climb, the tired riders took to the start line for the afternoon’s ascent up Bank Road.

Unfortunately, the climb had to be cut short due to road works making it just over a minute in length so the time gaps were very small.

Mike Cuming and Matt Clinton had to share equal first place, clocking identical times of 1-01.0.

Norwood Pendragon’s Daniel Sullivan finished in third spot just over two seconds down with Riber winner Gunnar Gronlund having to settle for fourth spot having finished just one tenth behind Sullivan’s time.

The shorter climb suited Matlock’s Peter Colledge as he was the first Matlock Cycling Club rider to finish – coming home in ninth place overall with a time of 1-10.3.

Chris Green was the second Matlock rider finishing in 13th place overall.