Joy as Ellie wins silver

Ellie Smith
Ellie Smith

The British Schools’ Cycling Association National Mountain Bike Championships took place on Saturday at Dartford, Kent, and Matlock Cycling Club’s Smith sisters travelled down to contest the U11s and U9s events.

Ellie took the U11 Girls’ Silver medal, while Libby, competing in her first mountain bike race, finished in a creditable fifth place.

Meanwhile, Lee Shunburne, Peter Colledge and Dom Wibberley took part in Good Friday’s City RC’s (Hull) Open ten-mile time-trial, which is renowned for being one of the fastest courses in the country.

The event attracted 150 of the UK’s very best time-triallists and Shunburne was the fastest Matlock rider to finish in a time of 20:35.

Colledge clocked a 20:40 while Wibberley recorded a 21:17.

In-form Patrick Gould was victorious in both of Matlock CC’s evening time-trials, with comprehensive wins on both the five-mile Ashford, and the 7.4-mile Short Hilly courses.

The Ashford was very close as Chris Green pushed Gould all the way.

RESULTS: 1 Patrick Gould 11:18, 2 Chris Green 11:24, 3 Peter Colledge 11:28, 4 Andrew Dearing 11:54, 5 Mike Blair 12:45, 6 Gary Blackham 13:00, 7 Mike Bradley 13:37, 8 Kyle Fantom 13:51, 9 John White 14:09, 10 Eric Ruthenberg 14:45, 11 Alex wright 15:07

With many of the club’s riders taking part in various open competitions on Good Friday, the field was short in terms of numbers for the 7.4-mile Short Hilly time-trial.

Patrick Gould (21:00) took full advantage though as he dominated the field.

RESULTS: 1 Patrick Gould 21:00, 2 Steve Heading 21:42, 3 Mike Blair 22:36, 4 Gareth Ferguson 23:27, 5 Chris Sharp 23:55, 6 Kyle Fantom 25:17, 7 John White 26:17, 8 Matthew Charter 28:13.