Cordin leads cyclists to team prize

Richard Cordin
Richard Cordin

Three of Matlock’s top time-triallists took part in the Lincoln Wheeler’s Open ten-mile time-trial event.

James Coleman of Witham Wheelers won the event in a time of 20:22.

Three of Matlock’s riders finished inside the top ten though with Richard Cordin, pictured coming seventh on 21:48, with teammates Doug Forrester in eighth place on 21:49 and Patrick Gould in tenth place on 22:05 – good enough to give Matlock the team prize for the combined times of the top-three riders.

Meanwhile, the return leg of the Matlock Cycling Club versus Derby Mercury Road Club Inter-Club time-trial Championship on Derby Mercury’s Long Lane Course near Kirk Langley has taken place.

There was yet again a fantastic turn out from both clubs, with a total of 42 riders taking to the start line.

Derby Mercury were hoping to overhaul the deficit from the first leg on their home course with their big hitters all turning out in force.

First place went to Derby Mercury’s Andy Eagers as he recorded the only sub-28 minute ride of the night, finishing in 27:46.

Derby Mercury also bagged second place with Mark Morgan finishing on 28:25, while Matlock’s Richard Cordin was third on 28:39.

Matlock’s Patrick Gould then came home one second behind his teammate to take fourth spot with both clubs having five riders each inside the top ten.

The end result was incredibly tight, with Derby Mercury just managing to hang on to the trophy with a narrow winning margin of 869 points to Matlock’s 854.

Top ten:: 1 Andy Eagers 27:46, 2 Mark Morgan 28:25, 3 Richard Cordin 28:39, 4 Patrick Gould 28:40, 5 Harry Crew 28:59, 6 Matt Ingram 29:07, 7 Mike Blair 29:22, 8 Jon O’Brien 29:40, 9 Arthur Green 29:44, 10 Jim Crew 30:27

Heavy rain limited Matlock’s 10.4-mile long hilly time-trial to just three hardy souls.

Richard Cordin was the comfortable winner in a time of 28:33 seconds, from Gareth Ferguson who was some four minutes further back on 32:36.

Kyle Fantom finished on 35:00 to make up the final position.