Ashfield RC promoted the fourth round of this year’s Notts and Derby Cyclo Cross League on Saturday at the Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell.
The record number of riders turning out for the various age category races continues, as cyclo cross continues to grow in popularity.
Matlock Cycling Club’s Sam Gould took yet another victory in the first race of the day – the U9s.
Gould broke clear early on and opened up a considerable lead over the chasing pack, eventually crossing the line 37 seconds ahead of second placed rider – club mate Louis Swindell, with Henry Parsons taking the final podium spot just one second further back.
Harriet Limb – also of Matlock Cycling Club – won the girls U9s event.
Matlock’s Ellie Smith rode very well to finish second in the U12s race.
Reuben Orr also had a solid race finishing inside the top ten – placing sixth boy in the U12s at 25 seconds down on the winners time.
Elder brother Cameron Orr of Matlock Cycling Club is having a great season in the Youth U14s category – and that continued as he took his third win out of four races – finishing well ahead of second placed rider Scott Hookway of Sherwood Pines.
The race is run with both the U14s and U16s riding at the same time, and such was Orr’s strength that he beat many of the older riders too.
Matlock nearly doubled up with the win in the boys U16s race with Will Gascoyne, but Derby Mercury’s Tom Weeds had other ideas as he recorded another win – edging Gascoyne out by 35 seconds.
Gascoyne’s club mate Gregg Booker also had a very good race as he placed highly once again, finishing in sixth place overall – 2:56 down on Weed’s winning time.
The seniors’ race had a huge field once again, with 148 riders taking to the start line.
Clay Cross Race Team’s Gareth Whithall took the overall victory, but not by much as a bunch of three riders came to the finish line together for a bunch sprint.
Whithall had too much of a kick, opening up a two second gap by the chequered flag over Nottingham Clarion’s Andrew Stuart, and last years league winner Chris Metcalfe of Charge Bikes who finished on the same time in second and third place respectively.
Zepnat Race Team’s James Furniss’s good start to the season continued, as he finished in seventh place overall – 1:26 down on Whithall.
Furniss’s teammate Diane Lee was the comfortable winner in the women’s race, finishing 3:08 ahead of second-placed rider Melissa Mather – also of Zepnat, while Matlock’s Maz Heffron took a solid third place, just a handful of seconds further back.
The Notts and Derbys League and resumes at Allestree Park on the Saturday, October 6.