Tucker sets new record

Matlock cyclist Tom Colton
Matlock cyclist Tom Colton

The last of this season’s Matlock Cycling Club ten-mile time-trials took place on Tuesday with an impressive 30 riders taking to the start line.

South Pennine rider James Tucker beat all the local pros and set a new course record in the process – proving he really is one of the quickest riders in the region.

Tucker powered his way to the win with a superb time of 20-45 seconds and he became the first rider to go under 21 minutes on the course.

Tucker’s average speed was just shy of a staggering 29mph.

Local pro rider Dexter Gardas was the second fastest.

Gardas had to concede 41 seconds though to Tucker’s time as he finished in 21-26.

Two other pro riders came third and fourth with times of 21-39 for Mike Broadwith and 21-41 for Mike Rudding – all of which were inside the previous course record held by Richard Cordin of 21-43.

Matlock’s Patrick Gould was the fastest of the host club’s finishers – finishing in a time of 22-24 seconds, with Kevin White finishing in 6th place with 23-07.

The first youth rider to finish was Matlock’s Patrick Smart who came 11th overall with a time of 24-47.

He was pushed all the way though by the inform Tom Colton who set a new personal best time for the course of 25-18 seconds – the first time he’s finished in under 26 minutes.

Many riders set personal best times on the night including Daniel Smith (24:46), Tom Colton (25:18), Dominic Limb (26:04), Stephen Booth (26:25), Phoebe Sneddon (28:24), Cameron Orr (29:25) and Nick Harrison (30:42).

Meanwhile, four Matlock riders took part in the Heanor Clarion 25-mile time-trial.

The event was held on the notoriously fast A50 Etwall course, and with near perfect weather conditions, many riders set new personal best times for the distance.

The fastest Matlock rider was Chris Sharp, who finished in 58-20.

Two other Matlock riders managed to break the magical hour mark, with Martin Stubbs finishing in a time of 59-11, and Gareth Ferguson in 59-48.

Alan Fox also put in a strong performance to finish in a time of 1-03-26.