Shunburne’s senior success

Matlock cyclist Lee Shunburne
Matlock cyclist Lee Shunburne

VC Long Eaton promoted the 13th round of this season’s Notts and Derby Cyclo Cross League at Draycot House Farm on Saturday.

The penultimate race of the season meant the league leaders were trying hard to get as many points as possible with quite a few categories so close to call, they will go down to the last round.

Matlock Cycling Club’s Lee Shunburne – pictured – won the Seniors race.

Shunburne took a fine win by 15 seconds from Ashfield RC’s Andy Naylor.

The pair were the two favourites going in to the race, but Shunburne had too much left in the tank in the final few laps, allowing himself to open up a comfortable margin on his close rival.

Shunburne has given himself a real chance of overall victory going in to the final round at Darley Moor where he will do battle with old teammate Chris Metcalfe to take the number one spot in the league.

Metcalfe has the advantage on points, but with Shunburne’s current form, anything could happen.

Matlock’s Chris Green put in one of his best performances of the season to finish sixth in the veterans race, while Zepnat rider Diane Lee was the comfortable winner in the ladies race.

Matlock’s Sarah Lomas, fresh from her National Trophy title, made light work of the U16s Girls race as she powered to yet another victory.

Such is Lomas’s form at present, she would have been in the top ten of the U16s Boys’ race.

Lomas’s teammate Arthur Green finished third in the U16’s race.

George Swindell, of Matlock Cycling Club, put in one his finest performances to finish in second place in the U12 Boys’ race.

Swindell’s teammate John Webster finished just off the podium in fourth spot, with Tim Elsmore-Martin coming home in sixth place.

Matlock Cycling Club’s Ellie Smith was placed second in the U12s Girls race.

The first girl home in the U9s race was Matlock’s Libby Smith.

Her performance was so strong, it was good enough for fifth place overall as she was comfortably the fastest girl in the race.