The ninth round of the Notts and Derby Cyclo Cross League took place at Sinfin Moor Park on Saturday.
One of the older venues in the league, Sinfin Moor Park is renowned for being notoriously muddy and this year’s running did not disappoint.
In all categories, riders struggled for grip as they did battle with what turned out to be quite a twisty and technical course with many riders just glad to finish having stayed upright.
The seniors’ race was an exciting contest with local riders in contention right from the off.
Charge Bike’s rider Chris Metcalfe (pictured right) took the fight to the rest of the field from the first corner.
After the first lap, the furious pace he’d set meant that only six riders could stay on his wheel.
After the second lap, Metcalfe had opened up a ten second gap from the chasing group which included Matlock Cycling Club’s Lee Shunburne, Ashfield RC’s Andrew Naylor, Sigma Sports Steve Lampier and Clay Cross RT’s Gareth Whithall.
The margin remained right until the last lap, but the chasing group started to struggle with riders dropping off the pace.
Just as it looked like Metcalfe would take a hugely impressive victory, the course got the better of him as he had two slight falls which disrupted his rhythm and allowed Andrew Naylor and Steve Lampier to close in.
With just a few corners left, Naylor surged ahead. Lampier and Metcalfe tried to keep up but couldn’t and Naylor punched the air as he crossed the line in first place.
Lampier cruelly out-sprinted Metcalfe to take second place by just three seconds with the Charge rider having to settle for third spot.
Matlock CC’s Lee Shunburne came in fourth, 48 seconds down on Naylor’s winning time.
In the Youth Race, new Matlock Cycling Club member William Gascoyne took a well earned win in the U14s category whilst Tom Weeds of Derby Mercury proved far too strong for the rest of the field as he took the U16s win.
Matlock’s Sarah Lomas’s winning streak in the U16s girls’ event came to an end, as she had to settle for second place behind Derby Mercury’s track star Hannah Blount.
Matlock Cycling Club’s younger riders had the best of the day’s results as John Webster easily beat Nottingham Clarions James Swadling in the boys’ U12s race. There were also strong performances for Webster’s U12s teammates Reuben Orr, George Swindell and Tim Elsmore-Martin who finished in 5th, 7th and 10th respectively.
Poppy Wildman, of Nottingham Clarion, once again got the better of Matlock CC duo Fyonna Booker and Ellie Smith in the girls’ U12s race, whilst younger sister Libby Smith took the U9s girls’ race from teammate Elizabeth Webster to make it a 1-2 for the Matlock pair.