Libby preserves unbeaten status

Ccylist Libby Smith
Ccylist Libby Smith

The 11th round of this season’s Notts and Derby Cyclo Cross League took place on Saturday at Nottingham’s Sherwood Pines.

The riders had to battle with almost freezing temperatures with some very tricky sections on course, making round 11 one of the hardest so far.

Matlock Cycling Club’s Libby Smith had to work hard to preserve her unbeaten status in the U9 girls competition.

Sliding off at her first attempt of a tricky bend, Libby, pictured, conceded her early lead to the fast improving Lotta Mansfield of Nottingham Clarion.

Chasing hard, Libby caught Lotta and eventually passed her to finish seventh overall and first girl for her ninth consecutive NDCXL race.

Sam Gould was Matlock CC’s highest placed boy, finishing well in sixth place.

In the U12s event, John Webster of Matlock CC made a strong start to the race and built a good lead over the first couple of laps but James Swadling of Nottingham Clarion and Jenson Young managed to keep him in check and eventually get ahead to take first and second place.

Tim Elsmore was the next Matlock rider, finishing in sixth place.

In the girls race, Nottingham Clarion’s Poppy Wildman won convincingly from Ava Oxley in second place, with Matlock team-mates Fyonna Booker and Ellie Smith taking third and fourth places.

The Youth Race consisted of both the U14s and U16s riding at the same time.

It proved yet again to be very successful for Matlock CC as they took the wins in the U16s Boys and Girls race with Arthur Green and Sarah Lomas, as well as the U14s Boys with William Gascoyne, who particularly impressed. Gascoyne finished over a minute ahead of the second placed U14 rider and was second overall to his U16 teammate Arthur Green by just 18 seconds.

In the Seniors race, Tom Last – riding for Sigma Sport – finished in third place while Chris Metcalfe of Charge Bikes took fourth spot.