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February 2015

Two of Belper Bicycle Club members,Mike Allen and Derrick Woodings were invited once again to attend the British Cycling awards night at the NEC Hilton Hotel, Birmingham last Saturday to receive their awards for performances during last year.Mike won the trophy for the track 500 time trial. Derrick was 75+ national champion for the track points race. and also 3rd. in the World Masters in the same discipline. Plus 3rd. as a team member of the 65+ 3000m team pursuit.

Pictured below is Mike with his trophy.


GroupAbove: Derrick and Mike with Phil Roach (Cyclo X World champion 50-54 category) Mike Twelves (National road champion (50+), Mick Ives 75+ cyclo X world champion. Both Derrick and Mike ride as members of Mick Ives’ sponsored racing team.

Cyclo Cross Roundup, 2014/15

In the final league tables for the SRAM NDCXL 2014/15, Belper rider Jonathan Marshall (Zepnat) claimed first veteran V45.

In the U14 Boys league, Nottingham Clarion’s Finn Mansfield took first place followed in second and third by Jack Husselbee (Belper BC) and James Luscombe (Derby Mercury).

Lola Jamieson (Cycle Derby) won the Girls U9 league, followed by Lara Husselbee (Belper BC) and Ella Langston (Belper BC).

See here for the full report: http://ndcxl.org.uk/2015/02/05/final-league-tables-report/

Cyclo Cross Report, 28th December 2014

Sub-zero temperatures and snow greeted riders for Round 12 of the SRAM NDCXL on Sunday at the Bakewell Showground, in an event organised by Matlock Cycling Club.

Lara Husselbee finished 2nd girl in the U9 race with a time of 08:06.6, closely followed by team mate Ella Langston who was 5th overall girl with a time of 10:02.3.

Just two Belper BC riders made the field for the Veterans race this week, with David Husselbee putting in a time of 49:55.9. Nick Bates came in after with a time of 53:47.7.

The Youth race results were not available a the time of this report.

Round 13 will be held at Chetwynd Barracks on the 17th January 2015.

Happy New Year to all Belper BC riders and supporters!

Cyclo Cross Report, 13th December 2014

After a break of a couple of weeks for various championship events, Saturday saw Belper BC riders of all ages in action again for the SRAM Notts and Derby Cyclo Cross races. This, the 11th race in the series, was hosted by Team Zenith-Buzz Cycles at the Darley Moor Circuit, near Ashbourne. The weather proved warmer than expected, with the earlier frozen course gradually becoming muddier as the racing progressed.

Lara Husselbee was the first U9 Belper rider though with a time of 00:06:32, closely followed by teammates Oliver Brown and Ella Langston.

In the Youth race, Taylor Marshall and Jack Husselbee were both in action again and once again putting in great performances for the club.

Jonathan Marshall (Zepnat) was 6th overall in the Veteran’s race with Belper BC teammates David Husselbee, Nick Bates and Shaun Warbrick also battling away for good placings in the field.

There is another break now until after Christmas, with Round 12 due to be held at the Bakewell Showground on Sunday 28th December.

Belper riders (Veteran race) from Round 10 of the NDCXL (report below), 22nd November 2014. Photos courtesy of Terry Fletcher.

First two photos are of Jonathan Marshall (Zepnat), the next couple are of Nick Bates and the last two are Tony Goldstraw (Empella):

Jon 2 Jon Nick 2 Nick Bates Tony 2 Tony

Cyclo Cross Report, 22nd November 2014

Nick Bates

Saturday saw Round 10 of the SRAM NDCXL race, this week held at Markeaton Park, Derby.

A regular rider in the Veteran’s race, Belper Bicycle Club’s Nick Bates (pictured above, photo courtesy of Stephen Lee) put in a sterling performance to record a time of 56:18, not far behind club team mate Tony Goldstraw (Empella) who recorded 53:58 and Jonathan Marshall (Zepnat) who got 51:38 and finished 6th overall.

Belper’s Lara Husselbee finished 2nd fastest girl in the U9s race with Ella Langston hot on her trail as 4th fastest girl.

Finally the Youth race also saw two Belper riders in action in Taylor Marshall (U16), recording a time of 28:36 and Jack Husselbee (U14), with 28:57.

Well done to all riders.

There’s a break for a few weeks now, with the series returning on the 13th December at the Darley Moor Sports Centre for Round 11.

Cyclo Cross Report, 15th November 2014

Saturday saw Round 9 of the SRAM NDCXL cyclo cross series held this weekend at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham. Belper Bicycle Club were in action again in what was a slippy, muddy circuit.

Belper’s Lara Husslbee continued her good form to finish 2nd fastest U9 girl, with teammate Ella Langston not far behind finishing 6th and Oliver Brown also putting in a great performance.

Taylor Marshall  and Jack Husselbee were flying the flag for Belper in the Youth race again.

In the Veteran’s race Jonathan Marshall (Zepnat / GSG) finished 5th overall in his age group ahead of sponsor team mate Chris Bradley and David Husselbee and Shaun Warbrick completed the Belper line up of the day.

Next Saturday we see Round 10 at Markeaton Park, Derby.

Cyclo Cross Report, 8th November 2014

Saturday saw perfect cyclo cross conditions for Belper BC riders in the grounds of Hardwick Hall. This was for Round 8 of the SRAM NDCXL series. The mud bath did not slow Belper’s Lara Husselbee however, as she flew around the U9’s course to claim fastest girl.  Ella Langston also put in a good ride, as did Jack Husselbee (U14), Taylor Marshall (U16) and Liam Northridge (U14) in the Youth race.

Belper’s Jonathan Marshall (sponsored by Zepnat) was on top form finishing 4th overall place in the Veteran’s race and claiming first place in his V45 age category. The other usual contenders in this race also put in their best performances and this included Shaun Warbrick, David Husselbee, Tony Goldstraw (Empella sponsor)  and Nick Bates. Jane Warbrick was also in action in the Women’s race, finishing 11th in her category.

Next up is Round 9 at Holme Pierrepont this coming Saturday. Best of luck to all Belper BC riders on the day.

Cyclo Cross Report, 2nd November 2014

Yesterday saw another battle of the brawn between Belper BC riders Tony Goldstraw and Jonathan Marshall. This time it was Round 7 of the SRAM Notts & Derby Cyclo Cross League at Swadlincote.

Tony (riding for Team Empella) claimed 7th overall place in the Veterans race and 3rd in his V45 age category with a time of just 00:49:07.65. Breathing down his neck but out-muscled just at the last hurdle was Belper team mate Jonathan Marshall (Zepnat), with a very close time of 00:49:21.60 to finish 8th.

David Husselbee, Nick Bates and Shaun Warbrick also put in sterling performances on the day.

In the U9s race, Oliver Brown was in full flight with a time of 10:09.9 and finished just ahead of newly signed Belper BC rider Elizabeth Parker. Elizabeth cruised around the course in 10:39.3 to claim 5th fastest girl on the day. Sadly Joe Ingham was unable to complete the race and therefore did not record a time.

Last but not least, Belper riders Taylor Marshall and Jack Husselbee both stormed the Youth race, with Jack (U14) finding a time of 33:08.3 and Taylor (U16) with 33:38.4.

Well done to all riders and roll on Round 8 which is to be held this coming Saturday, 8th November at Hardwick Hall.

Cyclo Cross Report, 25th October 2014

Round 6 of the SRAM NDCXL series took place at Alfreton Park on Saturday; an event organised by Belper BC.

With recent rain the course was expected to be muddy, though this proved not to be the case on the day, suiting the sloping park gradient and woodland parts.

In the U9s race Belper’s Ella Langston finished 5th fastest girl with a time of 00:08:36.85 and Elizabeth Parker (unattached) riding her first cyclo cross, finished 7th fastest girl in a time of 00:09:21.45.
Belper riders Ella Cotton, and Oliver Brown also put in great rides in an event won by Matlock’s Ben Mellor.

The U12’s race was won by Joshua Giddings of Heanor Clarion, with a time of 00:13:29.30

In the Youth race Belper boys Liam Northridge and Jack Husselbee did well in a race won by Bailey Wilmot (U16) with 26:03.7.

Belper rider Tony Goldstraw (Team Empella) put in a strong last lap performance in the Veteran race to finish 5th overall and come 2nd in his V45 category with a time of 00:54:07.75. The race was won by Dan Cook from Peak RC with 00:52:09.50.

Finally the Junior race was won by David Montgomery (U23) riding for LSCC with a time of 00:48:26.10

Cyclo Cross Report

SRAM NDCXL Round 5, Bingham Leisure Centre, October 18, 2014

In an event hosted by Velo Club Nottingham, this was the 5th round of the SRAM NDCXL series, held at Bingham Leisure Centre.

The U9’s results were not available at the time of this report so apologies for missing out our riders for that race, although Jack Husselbee was giving the others a run for their money again in the Youth race.  Jack finished 9th in his U14 age group with a time of 36:34.2.

Belper teammates Jonathan Marshall (sponsored by zepnat. com RT/GSG Clothing) and Tony Goldstraw (Team Empella Cyclo-Cross.Com) were fighting for 10th place in the Veteran’s race. Jonathan got the edge on Tony though, by pipping him to the post by just 15 seconds with a time of 00:57:26.

David Husselbee and Shaun Warbrick were also in action in the Veteran’s race, each with a respectable mid table finish.

The next event is Belper BC’s own organised race, at Alfreton Park this Saturday, October 25th. Anyone who is able to help out on the day should contact Jonathan Marshall on 01773 829590.

Track Report

UCI World Masters National Track Championships, Manchester Velodrome
October 4th – 11th 2014

Sunday 5th October

Derrick Woodings was in action on Sunday in his first event of the National Track Championships. This was the 3k team pursuit for 65+ riders. He had been drafted into the team because one of the original members was not well and felt unable to perform. He agreed with only one week to prepare, so the Tuesday prior to the event he did a trial run at the Manchester Velodrome. This went very well so he felt he could do it justice, despite not having ridden such an event for over 50 years!

Derrick said that these efforts take much practise to get a good line in close proximity to get the ultimate efficient fast ride so time was not their side.

However on the night they rode a fairly good, smooth race to finish up in Bronze medal position, behind the winners Denmark and the USA team in second.

A great result and the two photos show the full 3k pursuit victory parade and the team he rode with.


Above: Derrick Wooding’s Bronze medal winning team are to the right, and the gentleman in the suit to the right of Derrick is the championship organiser, Ian Emmerson OBE.

Pursuit_Team_2014_3rd.Above: from the left we have Barry Ferguson (Sheffield), Mike Wolstenholme (Chester), Brian Moat (Preston) and Derrick Woodings on the right.

Monday 6th October

Derrick returned to Manchester on Monday with Mike Allen and Bill Cotton. They were down to ride the 5k (20 lap) scratch race. Bill and Mike in the 65-69 age group and Derrick in the 75+ race.

The younger event was first and was going well for Bill who put in an attack with 10 laps to go, leading down the back straight when suddenly there was a major pile up. This bought down many riders including Mike who was towards the rear at the time. The cause was one on the riders on the outside was forced up the barriers, coming down and causing a domino effect. Mike had nowhere to go and ran straight into the rider in front of him.
In incidents such as this the race is then neutralised whilst the track is cleared and riders who are able can remount and continue when the race is restarted. Unfortunately Mike was unable to continue.

Coming into the final two laps Bill was boxed in and the Frenchman Gerard Robert made a dash for the line opening up a 5 metre gap to win easily. Bill finished in the group just behind.

In Derrick’s race (75+) there was a good entry of 14 riders, including four from the USA who were exceptionally strong.

Derrick started in a steady manner trying to get warmed up. He said that for him this race is too short and is consequently a lottery. He doesn’t get going until at least 20 laps have gone so he was saving his best efforts for a big attack with two to go.

Following this strategy he almost pulled it off. With one and a half laps left he levelled with top USA rider Jim Kloss on the banking into the home straight. He was having none of this and rode Derrick wide, who was unable to get by him, accelerating down the home straight with one lap to go. The rest of the group followed Jim and passed underneath the gap leaving him isolated. Derrick had no answer to this and was just relegated to being a spectator, finishing in 7th place behind Jim Kloss, with his good friend GB rider Brian Dacy in 2nd and Aussie, Rod Wagner in 3rd.

Friday 10th and Saturday 11th October

Derrick claimed Bronze in the 75+points race behind Jim Kloss (USA) and Rod Wagner (Australia). Derrick was on for Silver but a crash upset the race in the final laps. He was away with Jim Kloss with 15 laps to go when Fellow Brit Brian Dacey had a rear tyre blow out on the banking bringing down Jim Turner (USA). The race was neutralised until the debris was cleared and then they were restarted all together from that point in the race, so negating Derrick’s chances. He did manage to escape the bunch with two to go and won the final sprint pushing him up to 3rd place behind Jim and Rod.

Derrick didn’t qualify for a ride off in the Pursuit finals after riding a disappointing heat.

Bill rode well finishing 11th in the Scratch race and 9th in the Points. The 65-69 group was extremely competitive this year.

Derrick finished 7th in his Scratch race after trying a late attack with two laps to go and watching all the bunch go round him on the final banking. He later said this was the fate of an opportunist non-sprinter, that 90% of these attacks fail, but if you don’t try then you never win.

Geoff Cooke (Long Eaton) won the Sprint and 500m TT with a World Record age time for 70-74 years. He also won the 5k scratch race, so a triple World Championship for him this year.

Cyclo Cross Report, Saturday 4th October 2014

SRAM NDCXL Leaue Race 4, Shipley Park, Heanor

Lara Husselbee continued her fine form again at the weekend in the latest cyclo cross event, this week at Shipley Park.
In the U9’s Lara finished 3rd fastest girl with a time of 11:02 after completing all 5 laps of the course.
Belper rider Jonathan Marshall (riding for Zepnat) also had a good result in the Veteran’s race, finishing fastest in his V45 age group and 4th overall.

Cyclo Cross Report, Saturday 27th September 2014

SRAM NDCXL League Race 3, Markeaton Park, Derby

No less than 14 Belper BC riders turned out for this Cycle Derby CC promoted event at the weekend.

Congratulations to Lara Husselbee who was the fastest girl in the U9s race. Oliver Brown, Phillip Lamb and Ella Langston also competed in this race.

Millie Langston rode the U12s and Taylor Marshall, Jack Husselbee and Liam Northridge competed in the Youth event.

The Veterans race saw David Husselbee, Shaun Warbrick, Nick Bates and Tony Goldstraw (Team Empella) take part, while David Evans and Adrian Hatton rode the Seniors race.


Above: Lara Husselbee of Belper BC, fastest girl in the NDCXL Round 3 U9’s race at Markeaton Park, 27th September 2014

Track Report, 22nd September 2014

LVRC National Track Championships, Newport Velodrome, 20th-21st September 2014

Belper BC riders Mike Allen, Bill Cotton, Simon Parkin and Derrick Woodings were all in action for this and were reaping the medals!

Mike got Gold for the 10k scratch race and two Silvers for the 2k pursuit and 500m Time Trial. Bill picked up Silver for the 10k points race and Derrick picked up three Bronze medals for the 40k points race, the 2k pursuit and the 7.5k scratch race.

Simon got 4th in the 750m Time Trial but unfortunately was not well enough to ride on the Sunday.

Below are photos of the winners:


Above: Bill Cotton with his Silver for the Points race with winner Dave Rutherford, and 3rd John Rayner


Above: Derrick Woodings showing his Bronze on the podium with Geoff Wiles on the top step and Geoff Cooke. This was the podium for both the Scratch and Points races


Above: Mike Allen showing off his Gold with 3rd Robbie Duncan and second Geoff Brandt

Cyclo Cross Report, 21st September 2014

Yesterday saw Round 2 of the SRAM NDCXL held at Sherwood Pines.

Belper’s Lara Husselbee was the third fastest girl in the U9s race. Team mates Ella Langston and Oliver Brown also competed and it was won by Bryn Lawrence (Eastlands Velo).

Jack Husselbee and Taylor Marshall did well in the Youth race, won by Harry Lewis (Sherwood Pines RT).

Belper’s Tony Goldstraw (Empella) had a cracking ride to finish 9th overall in the Veterans event, just ahead of team mate Jonathan Marshall (Zepnat) in 11th position. David Husselbee, Shaun Warbrick and Nick Bates also powered around the course and the race was won by Richard Lister from Ellmore Factory Racing.

Road Report, 15th September 2014

Last weekend Mike Allen, Bill Cotton and Derrick Woodings were riding the 15th Tour of the East Coast Road Race (Percy Stallard Series 6th round).

This was an EFG category race over 5 laps of a testing circuit of 7.5 miles.

The small group of around twenty set off at an extremely fast pace, and reaching the top of the course Derrick tried a short attack although soon ended up being pushed back. Both of the descents on this leg the riders were approaching 45mph.

Later in the race an attack by Dave Scargill up to the top of the circuit gained a good gap, this increased in the wind assisted section and he then capitalised on this to ride solo to the finish.

Bill Cotton took 3rd F cat in the sprint from a gallant Mick Allen, who was still in pain with his broken collar bone.

Derrick meanwhile was riding with fellow G rider Gordon Aylesbury for the remainder of the race but approaching the finish he tried a sneaky sprint past him but this was to no avail, and Derrick finished behind him in 3rd G cat position.

Cyclo-Cross Report, 13th September 2014

SRAM NDCXL league races

13th September 2014 – Round 1 Hilton Fields Farm
Promoted by Team Empella/Cyclo-cross.com

The U9’s event was won by Ben Mellor (Matlock CC), in a race that included Belper riders Lara Husselbee and Ella Langston.

In the Youth event Taylor Marshall and Jack Husselbee competed in the race won by Cameron Orr (Sherwood Pines RT).

The Seniors / Womens event saw David Evans compete in an event won by Daniel Booth (Hope Factory Racing).

Belper’s Jonathan Marshall (Zepnat) finished 8th in the Veteran race in a race won by Richard Lister (Ellmore Factory Racing). Belper’s Nick Bates also took part.

Round 2 is this Sunday (September 20th) at Sherwood Pines.

Belper BC Road Report, 6th September 2014

Belper BC Veteran Derrick Woodings rode the Darley Moor Circuit Race (near to Ashbourne) last Saturday, 6th September.
This was the third and last of a series of 3 EFGH events, with this race being 1 hour + 5 laps (approx. 30 miles).

The start line boasted a slightly larger field than usual, with new contestants deciding to turn up and sign on.

The race opened at a cracking pace as soon as the flag was dropped at around a constant 25-30 mph rate. After a few laps the heavens opened, thoroughly soaking all the riders and resembling a collective ‘ice bucket’ challenge.

With 5 laps to go Derrick chanced his arm and stayed away for a complete lap, riding on the limit. When a break-way group then caught him he was able to latch on to these for the final 3 laps.

The race ended with a sprint for the line with National Champion Alan Kemp (Weaver Valley CC) the victor.

Derrick was rewarded for his efforts winning the G age group in what proved to be a good, hard workout despite the inclement weather.

derrickAbove: Derrick Woodings (photo courtesy of Arran Morton)

Belper BC Road Report, 30th August 2014

Latest Belper BC road report, as written by Derrick Woodings.

Darley Moor Circuit Race August 30th. 2014

Promoted by Andy Donaldson Kingsnorth International

The second of a series of 3 events, EFGH event (1 hour + 3 laps) approx. 25 miles.

Many thanks to once again to Andy Donaldson and his team, I think that Andy deserves a vote of thanks for travelling down from Huddersfield to promote on this circuit, so I reiterate to all out there come and test it at the next event being run by him on the 6th. September.

Being promised a fine day by the meteorological office I decided this time to ride out with club mate Martin Harris but again it was overcast and windy. The wind direction was in the same westerly direction making the finishing straight a mainly helpful crosswind, the second leg a tailwind and the third damn hard.

There was a reasonable field of just under 30 riders which is small for the width of the road on this circuit, but extremely safe. Some star riders were missing, last week’s winner Malc Fraser and Dave Woods(KIngsnorth). But there was again runner up last time Mick Allen,who, believe or not, was riding with a broken collarbone and two cracked ribs, Richard Booth, team boss Mick Ives , Geoff Cooke was unable to start having agreed to present the prizes at a junior event further south, but still turned up to apologise on his way down. I was pleased to welcome to the race another of my Belper colleagues Steve Moorcroft riding his first race ever and at 65 qualifies as an F cat.

Mick Allen riding with his injuries had confided in me that he was out to start fast to get away from the bunch to ensure a safer ride. True enough he attacked immediately the flag was dropped and was followed by Richard Booth and E cat Andy Jones. Being a team mate of Mick I played the team card and waited for a reaction from the rest to chase but as usual there was a slow reaction and the gap soon became too great to cross solo. Eventually a counter was attempted after the front trio had become established.

Three riders, Mike Wilson, Phil Rose (riding out of cat) and Pete Hudson went hard down the tailwind section and soon became established, to my shame I watched this and failed to react until it was too late. This then was the pattern of the race, the 3 leaders eventually lapping us in the bunch with about 4 laps to go.

At the finish Richard Booth easily won the race from Andy with Mick unable to get out of the saddle to pull on the bars coming home third. The 3 chasers following shortly afterwards. Meanwhile back amongst the ‘laughing group’ Mick Ives and I were having a tussle trying to outfox rapid finisher Dave Gretton. We both tried several times Mick doing a full lap solo, but Dave was too attentive. My last big effort into the wind before the final corner was doomed, taking the bend I saw out of the corner of my eye the dreaded blue and white Notts Velo jersey, it was my last throw of the dice and Dave immediately wound up his sprint and left us for dead.

Some outstanding rides today; Young Lady Clare Simon who rode with us last week at the Andy Hardy Memorial Race, it’s amazing how one recognises riding styles, rode extremely well. I can’t forget to mention club colleague Steve Moorcroft. He’s been training with us for over a year now and certainly has the strength if not yet the racing brain (I’ve been racing for many years and still not fully developed it). Steve finished third F cat in his first actual bike race.

I must also mention that Andy Donaldson enforces his out of category rider policy and pulled Phil Rose from contesting the sprint for 4th. in the race. Never mind Phil you’ll soon be racing against the fast lads and can demonstrate your class then.

Race Results

Race positions: 1, Richard Booth, 2, Andy Jones, 3, Mick Allen.

E cat: 1, Andy Jones, 2, Mike Wilson, 3, Pete Hudson.
F cat: , Richard Booth, 2, Mick Allen, 3, Steve Moorcroft.
G cat: 1, Dave Gretton, 2, Derrick Woodings, 3, Mick Ives

Road Report, 26th August 2014

Bill Cotton and Derrick Woodings rode the Andy Hardy memorial road race on Sunday 24th August.

Unfortunately Mike Allen who was not riding this event due to a training crash last week breaking his collarbone. He has hopes that he may still be able to ride the World Masters track Champs in early October, but has foregone the LVRC national track champs in mid September. We hope you’re back on your bike again soon Mike.

The LVRC Andy Hardy EFG event was 6 laps of a hilly 7 mile circuit near Towcester. Apart from a lone rider, Dave McMullen (Cotswolds R.C.) the race finished in a bunch sprint. Dave rode a superb race, solo, for the last three laps holding off the bunch where Bill Cotton just got pipped on the line by Gaz Hill (Dinnington). This was an improvement on Bill’s fourth place last year, but still repeating his category win again. Bill rode a very tactical race saving his energy until the finish, being rewarded with 3rd place overall and a win in his F age group category – his 4th age cat win this year.

Derrick also rode a tactical race trying to outfox his main category rivals John Ginley (Bradford), Bill Rains (Bristol) and Bob Richards (Northampton). However he opted to keep clear of the struggle in the gallop for the line, and was unable to catch John and Bob to finish 3rd in his G age group. Derrick said later that he had the track to think of in a months time where he cannot afford to get injured again having finally fully recovered from the bad crash he had February crash.

Road Report, 18th August 2014

The LVRC road championships event took place last week (10th Aug). Belper’s Mike Allen didn’t make the starting line but his teammates Bill Cotton and Derrick Woodings did make the start. This event was held on the hilly Priors Marsten circuit down in in Warwickshire.

The weather was diabolical though and Bill climbed off after two laps of a 13 mile circuit. Derrick was able to finish but was in a state of hypothermia, finishing well down in 5th place.

Saturday just gone Mike and Derrick rode the first of a series of 3 events on the Darley Moor circuit (near Ashbourne), along with two other members of Belper BC in Martin Harris and Malcolm Shakespeare, both of whom were riding their first ever race.

Mick rode well to finish 2nd in the race but easily winning his age category. Derrick finished in 8th place and 3rd in his category after a last lap attack to be passed in the final metres by Dave Gretton (Notts) and World  Masters track sprint champion Geoff Cooke (Long Eaton).

On Sunday Bill and Derrick rode the 3rd counter in the Percy Stallard series at Great Limber in Lincolnshire. Bill finished fourth and retained his second place in the series behind top rider Alan Kemp (Weaver Valley) who has won all 3 counting races so far this year. Derrick finished in the main group as he did not contest the sprint, trying to avoid any incidents before the track championships next month.

Road Report, 20th July 2014

Thankfully the weather was much improved on Sunday after the freak storms of the day before and Belper BC’s Mike Allen and Derrick Woodings were riding in the 20th Tour of the Wolds veteran road race in North East Lincolnshire. In this 40-mile EFG race there were just under 30 starters making the field.

Mike abandoned on the penultimate lap not having found his form in the race, so his Belper teammate Derrick was left to battle it out for a placing in a sprint finish.

The charge out of the bottom corner of the course into the finishing lane was fast and furious and Derrick said his legs were burning. Fortunately the pace eased and he made my way up the field determined to get a position. In Derricks G age category Brian Sunter (Condor RC) was very strong closely followed by team-mate John Ginley and John Elliot. Derrick managed to edge past John Elliot but couldn’t get past the Condor RC pair, giving him 3rd place podium spot for his age group.

Meanwhile Belper BC veteran Bill Cotton was in action down in Hungerford for the 40-mile Newbury Road Race. He was going extremely well and finished 2nd overall and also won his age category.

Mark Storer Memorial 25, 5th July 2014

Last Saturday saw the annual Belper BC hosted Mark Storer 25 mile time trial take place on the A25/11 circuit from Etwall to Uttoxeter and back. There was another good turn out this year despite the Tour de France starting in Leeds that same day.

The first three riders over the line were in 1st place: Matthew Bottrill (drag2zero.com team) with a time of 46:56. 2nd place went to Charles Taylor (South Pennine RC) who recorded a time of 48:40.

In 3rd place was Brett Harwood (Terry Wright Cycles RC) with 48:48. Matt Sinclair (Lutterworth Cycle Centre RT) took 4th place with 49:09 and in 5th was Adam Gascoigne (Team Pedal Power) with 49:33.

The first Vet 40 – 49 was Steve Irwin (Kingston Wheelers) with 49.46, while Robby Krygsman (Team Swift) took the first 50-59 Vet award with a time of 51.29. Fastest 60-plus vet was Philip Brown (Walsall Roads CC) with 53.31.

The first Lady was Karen Ledger (WCS RT) with 57:20, second lady was Clarice Chung (Twickenham CC) with 57:27 and third lady was Alex Deck with 57.34 (riding for Langsett Cycles RT).

The first Belper BC rider and winner of the Jaguar Trophy was David Wallwin with a time of 52.08. Fastest team were Walsall Roads CC with a combined time of 2.35.45.

Belper’s Simon Parkin recorded a time of 53:21 while team-mate Mike Allen recorded 56:14 on the day.

Congratulations to all the prize winners – seven riders under 50 minutes is just fantastic. A strong women’s field produced an exceptionally competitive race – 14 seconds separating the top three.

Thanks once again to Derek and Jean Storer for sponsoring this event and to everyone who stayed behind for the presentation. Thanks to Sue and Roy for time keeping duties.

Lastly, thanks to all the members and friends of the club who helped out with the event.

Terry Fletcher was at the event photographing the riders he was able to snap. He’s made these available via the link below:


David Wallwin - Fastest Belper BC Rider

Above: David Wallwin, the fastest Belper BC rider on the day with 52:08.

Full results are also now available below:

Mark Storer Memorial Results Sheet 2014

Mark Storer Memorial 25 mile Time Trial, A25/11, 5th July 2014

Start sheet now available in PDF format here: Mark Storer Start Sheet 2014

British Cycling Masters National Track Championships, Newport, 20th – 22nd June 2014

3 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals!

Last weekend the Belper trio of Derrick Woodings, Mike Allen and Bill Cotton were all competing in the British Cycling Masters National Track Championships down at the Newport Velodrome.

In the H-age category (ages 65 to 69) Mike won the 500m Time Trial, the Scratch race and was 2nd in the Pursuit. Bill was 2nd in the Points race and 3rd in the Scratch race in the same H group.

Derrick, seemingly back to full health after his recent illness was busy collecting medals in his J age group (age 75-plus). He came 3rd in the scratch race, 3rd in the pursuit but won and retained his Points race title again.

So that’s three Gold, two Silver and three Bronze medals! There is just no stopping these seasoned veterans, well done to all three!

Here are a few photos from the event, courtesy of John Wynne:

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LVRC – Barton Wheelers Midsummer RR, Barton-on-Humber,  21st June 2014

Last weekend Bill Cotton rode the Barton Wheelers mid-summer road race and gained a good result. Derrick Woodings unfortunately had to pull out through being too ill to ride.

The race was 8 laps of a 4 mile circuit and there were several attempts to break up the peloton. It was on the last lap that Ken Corbett (Wakefield) broke away solo and just managed to hold off the rapidly closing bunch, which was led in by Gary Hill and Dave Holmes (Sheffield). Bill finishing 5th in this scramble but gained 1st in the F category race.

Below – Bill Cotton in action!

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LVRC National Criterium Championships and the Tom Simpson Memorial Road Race, 
15th and 16th June 2014

It was a busy time for the Belper BC veterans Derrick Woodings and Mike Allen over the weekend with them both competing on the Saturday and the Sunday.

The Saturday event saw them take in the LVRC National Criterium Championships at the York Cycle Track.

This custom built circuit was found very easy to ride with a good wide well surfaced road although a little tight making all the bends, excluding the top loop that was easily negotiable.

Out of 26 starters including the world class track sprinter Geoff Cooke, Mike Allen finished 4th overall (winner was Alan Kemp) and he also took 3rd place in his ‘F’ age category.

Sunday saw both riders on their bikes again together with team mate Bill Cotton as they tackled the Tom Simpson Memorial Road Race.

This was diverted to a course near Maltby on the day due to traffic issues, but everything eventually ran smoothly despite this early setback.

Although this course was on the short side (4 mile lap) it was demanding with sprints out of three corners each lap, making ideal track training..

The field of around 40 riders took the start and it seemed a large bunch on such a small tight circuit.

With the bell sounding one lap to go the bunch was resigned to a mass sprint, which started on the downhill section, about 1k out and this was led by Belper’s Mike Allen. Mike knew that he had to keep going to hold off the pure sprinters, which he almost succeeded in doing but was just pipped by Gaz Hill and Alistair Cameron to finish 3rd overall but to still win his ‘F’ group category.

This F cat win was Mike Allen’s 7th this year so far and repeats his win in this event from last year.

Photo – Belper’s Mike Allen in fine form!

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(Photo courtesy Terry Fletcher)

Belper BC Club Championship, Event 2, 11th June 2014

Round 2 of the Belper BC Time Trial Championships took in the Windley course on Wednesday night.

Simon Parkin won the event, recording a time of 27:33.

M. Tansley came in 2nd with 29:52, followed by P. Phipps 31:29, S. Creswell 32.01, S. Moorcroft 32.44, J. Greenhill 33:49, Ollie Mee 33:59, Nick Bates 33:59, M. Tomlinson 34:37 and S. Fowkes with 36:44.

Thanks to all who turned out and to the timekeepers for doing another great job.

Belper BC Club Championship, Event 1, 4th June 2014

Last night saw the first leg of the Belper BC Club Championship. This was a 10km time trial between Cromford and Broadholme, Ambergate.

The first rider back on the night was Simon Parkin with a time of 13:42, followed by Jonathan Marshall with 14:44 and in third was Martin Tansley with 15:19.

Others included Simon Cresswell who came in with 16:19, Jonathan Greenhill 16:52, Nick Bates 17:08, Rob Hunt 17:12, Olly Mee 17:25 and Taylor Marshall 17:42.

Thanks to all involved for turning out on what was a rain soaked evening.

The second leg is next Wednesday (11th June)  when riders will tackle the Windley 10 mile hilly time trial.

Belper BC Club Night, Monday 2nd June 2014

The Strutt Club (upstairs), Campbell Street, Belper at 19:00hrs.

Also it’s the Club 10km Time Trial on Wednesday 4th June. Meet at the Hurt Arms pub car park (Ambergate) at 18:30 to sign on and get your number then we’ll all ride to the start at Cromford for a 19:00 (ish) start.

Remember this is just a bit of fun amongst the club members and allows those who have never had the experience to have a go whilst under no pressure.

A week later is the 10 mile hilly TT around Windley.

ECCA 10 Mile Time Trial , Cambridgeshire, 31st May 2014

Belper BC’s Mike Allen recorded a time of 20:54 in this 10-mile time trial competition which was quick enough to earn him a new North Mids record for his age group.

Not only was Mike on top form but Alex Dowsett (Movistar) was also in the same time trial and got himself a time of 17:20 – setting the new British record.

More info on the Cycling Weekly website below:


Road Report

LVRC Princethorpe Road Race, 25th May 2014

Mick Allen and Derrick Woodings travelled down to this deceptively tough 10 mile course in Warwickshire, between Coventry and Leamington Spa.

Although there were no massive hills, the climb of Princethorpe on the A423 was a mile long with variable gradients which sapped the strength of the legs.

They were riding a race of 4 laps of a 10mile circuit for riders of 60+. The first lap was taken at a fast but manageable pace with no real action until there was an attack before the start of the Princethorpe climb, just after the turn onto the A423 Coventry road.

Derrick was back marker and saw the inevitable gap open up in front of the rider ahead of him. He was unable to go round but opted to hang in and hope that the pace would ease.

It didn’t though and he was adrift with John Buxton for company, chasing two others just off the back.

Over the summit the gap had increased to 300 metres and although John and Derrick were working hard they were making no progress on the bunch but holding the other pair of Bill Rains and fellow sponsor MI racing team-mate Dave Ross. Despite catching these after a 3 mile chase they continued to lose sight of the bunch.

Derrick continued to finish the race well down in the placings.

In the bunch there were several abortive attempts to escape but with nothing sticking until a lap to go when Alistair Cameron and Chris Gunter escaped and held on to a well-deserved win in that order.

Taking the bunch sprint Don Parry edging out Terry Devine, Ken Bradbury and sponsor team-mate Mike Allen, who finished 3rd in his F cat age group.

Derrick’s first ever road race win was in this very area, on the Baginton  circuit, over 50 years ago, in an event run by the inimitable Charlie Viner of Coventry CC.

Overall EFG Race: 1. Alistair Cameron 2. Chris Gunter 3. Don Parry
E Cat: 1. Alistair Cameron 2.Chris Gunter 3. Ken Bradbury
F cat: 1. Don Parry 2. Terry Devine 3. Mike Allen
G cat: 1. John Ginley 2.Bob Richards

Road Report

LVRC Alford Wheelers Road Race, 18th May 2014

EFG race 4.5 laps, 42 miles

In a field of around thirty, there were approximately equal numbers of E and F age cat riders with a strong G field containing the 2013 podium championship members of Brian Sunter, John Ginley, Belper’s Derrick Woodings, Sprinter Ron Bennett and team boss Mick Ives.

The first lap started fairly steadily with an initial suicide attack from Ken Corbett (Wakefield CC), who was left out to fry for about a lap.

There were several sorties off the front all being neutralised until on lap three it was fellow Belper BC rider Mike Allen (Team Jewson sponsor) who put the pressure on, gaining a significant gap quickly followed by Richard Booth (Hartlepool CC).

This started to look dangerous and Brian Sunter (Condor RC) went across just latching on before the penultimate climb. These three soon gained over a minute from a disorganised peloton.

On the last lap with the break well away Derrick did make his way up to the front to try an attack, but although he managed to get clear he was soon followed and so he sat up. That was until World track masters champion Steve Davies (Ferryhill Wheelers) made a big attack going clear with half a lap left and riding solo to finish in fourth place behind Mike Allen, Richard Booth and Brian Sunter, who was praised by the other two for his massive workload.

In the final gallop from the peloton, fast sprinter Phil Etches (Witham Wheelers) took the bunch sprint. Derrick was satisfied to cruise over the line to finish at the back and was pleased that his injury from an early season training accident no longer seemed to be taking a toll on his performance.

Actual race: 1st M. Allen (F), 2nd R. Booth (F), 3rd B. Sunter (G), 4th S. Davies(E),  5th P. Etches (F)

This was Mike Allen’s 6th win this year so far.

Club Kit 2014

The latest Belper BC club kit is now available to purchase online:


New Belper BC Logo


The new club logo above depicts a bicycle chain wheel which doubles up as a waterwheel / industrial gear (highlighting Belpers importance to the cotton industry and industrial revolution), crossed Belper nails (Belper is famous for its nails and most of America’s first railways was build using them!!) and an oil droplet highlighting Belpers relationship with the oil industry (historically Silkolene and currently Lubrizol).

Stourport Circuit Races, 13th April 2014

First and third place finishes for Belper Bicycle Club’s Veteran riders.

The Bush Healthcare sponsored Stourport Circuit Races on Sunday 13th April saw Belper Bicycle Club riders in action on a 1 mile closed circuit in Stourport on Severn.

The course which was very well surfaced included two hairpins and numerous bends and chicanes and encouraged fast racing for the race duration of 1 hour for all age groups.

Simon Parkin was in the first race for the 40 to 50 age group which was contested by a high quality field and finished in an excellent 3rd place.

Bill Cotton rode in the 60 plus race group and was part of a 4 man group that broke clear of the field at quarter distance and then stayed away until the end of the race where he was placed second overall in the final sprint and won the over 65 age group.

Solihull Early Season Circuit Race, 29th March 2014

Saturday saw Derrick Woodings and Mike Allen travel down to Solihull Tudor Grange for this early season race.

In a tough race lasting 1 hour and 5 laps, Mike won a bunch sprint to win his F category and to finish 4th overall.

Despite Derrick still not feeling 100% after his recent training accident, he was able to put in an excellent performance on the day to win his G category.

Pinvin Road Race, Worcestershire,  23rd March 2014

This was an extremely cold day with occasional rain and sleet, although it was better than last year when the event was cancelled due to snow.

Bill Cotton, Mike Allen and Derrick Woodings travelled down to Pinvin in Worcestershire for this race.  Organiser John Mullen opted to organise the event over two days this year, with the ABC races on the Saturday and DEFG on the Sunday. This was seen as a big improvement from the crowded single day event from previous years.

Mike Allen and Derrick were riding their first race of the year. Bill Cotton and Derrick had entered two previous events in March, but due to four weeks off the bike for Derrick following a bad training crash in February, he was unable to get enough training in.

Mike was opting to make this prestigious event his first serious road target of 2014.

They rode a race of 5 laps on the 8 mile circuit for riders of age 55+.  The race started at a very brisk pace which was a welcome warm up for their cold bodies.

Derrick was up front for the first 3 miles but unfortunately suffered a front wheel puncture, resulting in an early bath.

The race carried on and Mike Allen launched a vicious attack on lap two gaining a substantial lead, eventually increasing this to a 5 minute gap by the finish for him to win the race and achieve his first target of 2014.

Second place went to Brian Sunter (70+ national champion, Condor RC) and third place went to Southern sprinter Terry Devine (Braintree Velo), with his team man Barry Mitchell a close fourth place.  Bill finished just outside the prizes in tenth place

This coming Saturday (29th March) Mike and Derrick return to the Solihull circuit race where they both won their age categories last year, with Mike also winning the race on the day.

Scan of the Belper News report from 19th February 2014:


SRAM NDCXL Round 15, Broxtowe Country Park 25th January 2014

Well done to Christian Boon who finished 2nd in the U12s race yesterday. Another great result from this youngster, although team mate Jack Husselbee wasn’t far behind him in 4th place and Liam Northridge who came in at 19th place. The event was won by Xavi Salcedo from 4 Life Tri.

Other young Belper riders on the day were Taylor Marshall who rode well in the Youth’s event and Lara Husselbee who did great in the U9’s.

Belper rider Jonathan Marshall (Zepnat) finished 2nd in his V45 category and 6th overall in the Vets race, that also saw Nicholas Bates and Jane Warbrick taking part.

SRAM NDCXL Round 14, Chilwell, Notts 18th January 2014

Well done to all the Belper riders who competed in this event at the weekend.

In the U9’s race Lara Husselbee finished 7th fastest U9 girl, while in the U12’s Christian Boon secured himself a podium position finishing 3rd overall behind Ben Chilton (DMRC) and Alec Gregory (Leicester RC). Team mate Jack Husselbee was just behind in 4th and Edward Warbrick 9th in that same event.

Taylor Marshall finished 9th fastest U14 boy in the Youth race, while his father Jonathan Marshall (Zepnat) finished 6th overall in the Veteran’s race, placing him 2nd in his MV45 category.

Also riding the Veteran’s race were Shaun Warbrick who finished 9th in his MV50 category and Nicholas Bates who was 12th in the MV45 category.

Next up is round 15 at Broxtowe.

SRAM NDCXL Round 10, Markeaton Park 23rd November 2013

A muddy Markeaton Park in Derby saw the 10th Round of the SRAM NDCXL cyclo-cross event yesterday. This cyclo-cross race would ordinarily have been held in Sinfin Park, however a glitch in the booking office meant it was held at Markeaton instead.

The Belper BC riders were in good form, especially Jack Husselbee who finished 2nd in the U12’s event. A great result for Jack who finished in a time of 14:28.9 (four laps of the course), just 32 seconds behind race winner Ben Chilton from Derby Mercury.

Jack’s Belper team mate Christian Boon came 7th, with Edward Warbrick finishing 15th and Liam Northridge coming 16th in a race that saw 55 finishers.

Jack’s sister Lara Husselbee competed in the earlier U9s race, Taylor Marshall was in the Youths race and David Evans in the Senior event.

Belper’s Jonathan Marshall (Zepnat) not only came 1st in his V45 age category, but also did incredibly well to finish 4th overall in this Vets race with a time of 00:54:29.40. Other Belper riders in this Vets and Ladies race were Shaun Warbrick, Nicholas Bates and Jane Warbrick, with overall winner Dave Ash (Nottingham Clarion) finishing with a time of 00:51:45.10, ahead of all other 117 finishers in this race.

Round 11 is to be held at Hardwick Hall on Sunday 8th December so good luck to all Belper riders for this event. 

Below are photos from the event, courtesy of Terry Fletcher:

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Belper News Sportsmen of the Year 2013

Congratulations to Derrick Woodings and Mick Allen who were joint 2013 Sportsmen of the Year winners (see the 20th November 2013 edition of the Belper News for the full report).

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SRAM NDCXL, Round 7 Bingham LC, 19th October 2013

Well done to all the younger riders in these events; Lara in the U9’s, and Jack, Christian and Liam in the U12s.

Jon Marshall (Zepnat) finished 5th in the V45 cat.

Round 8 at Bramcote was cancelled for the 26th October.

Next up is Round 9 is at Holme Pierrepont, 16th November.

Please see the SRAM NDCXL wesbite for more info: http://ndcxl.org.uk/

Belper News (report #2), 16th October 2013


Belper News (report #1), 16th October 2013

Below are photos from the Worlds Masters, October 12th 2013.

Held at the Manchester Velodrome, Derrick Woodings won the points race and Mick Allen finished a close 2nd in both the scratch and points races.


Belper News report, October 9th 2013

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A few photos from the Belper BC hosted SRAM NDCXL Round 6, 12th October 2013

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Belper News report, 2nd October 2013

Belper News October 2nd 2013

SRAM NDCXL Round 5, Allestree, 5th October 2013

Below are photos from this event, held on a fine morning at Allestree Park.

Photos courtesy Terry Fletcher.

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Please remember to check Facebook and the Belper News for the latest Belper BC reports / information!

Also, Derrick Woodings weekly LVRC track and road reports reports can be found on the LVRC website.

Club news, 25th September 2013

Belper Bicycle Club member, Malc Shakespeare, arrives in Venice after completing a 415 mile ride from Munich. Malc, relatively new to the Club and cycling has been assisted in training for this event by fellow club members Bill, and Derrick. This journey took him over the Brenner Pass, taking in some amazing scenery and culture along the way, and he looks forward to planning the next multi-day event


Belper News report, 18th September 2013


SRAM NDCXL, Round 2, Hilton Fields Farm, 14th September 2013

Well done to Christian Boon for winning the U12’s and to Nicholas Bates who came in as 3rd Vet. Draft results here.

Belper News report, 11th September 2013


Belper News report, 4th September 2013


Belper News report, 28th August 2013


Saturday Club Run, 24th August 2013 

Meeting at 09:00 at the Belper Triangle, there will be a steady ride out this Saturday of around 20 miles and a cafe stop included.

All welcome.

Contact Bill Cotton for more info on 01629 824397, or just turn up on the morning.

Latest Road and Time Trial round-up, 18th August 2013  

Mike Allen and Derrick Woodings rode the LVRC FlexTec Ettridge Road Race in Lincolnshire on Sunday 18th August. Mike won his age group again (his 11th this season) coming second in the 60+ event. Derrick finished 8th in the race being classed 2nd in his age group.

Belper’s third prominent veteran Bill Cotton was riding the Portsdown Autumn RR held at Fareham in Hampshire also on Sunday. The race of 38 miles was held over 5 laps of a hard, hilly circuit overlooking the Solent, a course that Bill found ideal.

There was a strong field of 37 riders which included the current National Champion and the National Series Leader for his age group.

A break of 10 including Bill went clear on the first lap and they stayed clear until the end, building up a lead of over 5 minutes. The bunch got split on the last climb to the finish where Bill was able to win the sprint for his age group.

Belper BC’s David Wallwin rode a Personal Best last Thursday night with a 20:38 in the South Pennine RC Club 10. Despite a rainy night he came second out of around 25 riders, with the event being won by Charlie Taylor in 19.54.

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Above photo: Bill Cotton riding the Portsdown Autumn RR, 18th August 2013.

Below: David Wallwin pictured in action a few weeks ago on the Matlock 10 mile TT.


VC Nottingham / Ey Up Dave Road Race, 11th August 2013

EFGH race, 44 miles

The first three miles were wind assisted and Derrick decided on a different strategy by immediately going ‘through and off’ from the start, although that early few were willing to assist.

Going through the finish with four laps to go they hit a crosswind from the right pushing them into the gutter. This initiated a strong attack by a group of riders and then Chris Gunter soloed away but he failed to get a gap and seemed to be getting nowhere.

When he came back, the status quo was preserved for a short while, whilst Derrick, now at the back, watched fellow over 70 rider Brian Sunter make a vicious attack immediately gaining 50 metres. As soon as Derrick saw him adopt his time trial position he knew he was serious and he gradually pulled out a 20 seconds lead. This caused a reaction from Stewart Lebelinski, quickly followed by pursuiting ace Steve Davies. They soon made contact with Brian extending the lead.

Hitting the tailwind section, Ken Corbett put in a strong pull, stretching out the bunch where Derrick was hanging. No-one was willing to commit when they hit the headwind section however and there was a lull. This then was the pattern of the chase, a ‘stop go’ that played into the hands of the escapees who gradually pulled away to a two minute lead. There was no concerted chase, with one or two making abortive solo efforts to get away.

With a lap to go Chris Gunter made several attacks eventually getting clear. Derrick was feeling good and made one of his abortive efforts, getting away with John Ginley and Jim Morrison. This must have upset the younger riders, three G riders going clear, so they were soon closed down and the inevitable sprint loomed.

Not suiting sprints these days, Derrick backed off to observe the ducking and diving where Belper team mate Mike Allen, despite being baulked, managed to find a gap to easily take the uphill bunch sprint from Dave Gretton, Ken Corbett, Alan Scratch Hitchcock and Jeff Hardy.

So all in all a good fast race on a superb circuit, although not suiting Derrick’s ability and not hilly enough to split the field.

Overall race result: 1. Steve Davies, 2. Stewart Lebelinski 3. Brian Sunter. 4. Chris Gunter coming in alone.

E Cat 1. Davies, 2. Lebelinski 3. Gunter

F Cat 1. Allen, 2. Gretton 3. Hardy

G Cat 1. Sunter 2. Ron Bennett. 3. Ginley

The Thaxted Road Race, 28th July 2013

Derrick Woodings won his G age category in the Thaxted Road Race on the 28th July.

Racing on an oval circuit of just under 10 miles, this was on the A184 Thaxted-Saffron Walden road, near the M11 in Essex.

There were just over four laps of their event to cover, making a total of 46 miles and with a reasonable climb on each lap.

Derrick positioned himself at the head of the race at the start and was easily coping with the Debden climb, although he later found himself marooned at the rear, finding he had to twice chase back on with others, once almost becoming tailed off approaching Thaxted on the second lap.

There were several abortive attacks but all were nailed back until Geoff Wiles team mate, Dick Naylor (Abellio SFA Racing) attacked and gradually built up a substantial lead of around a minute. One or two more tried to get across to him but it was really hard out there with the wind making the going tough. Mike Allen, who was also in the race, tried to get across himself but he was a marked man and couldn’t escape.

Coming up through the finish area at the bell, the lead of Dick was dwindling rapidly and he was brought back in on the northerly run up through Howlett End. Shortly after this Mick Allen suffered a rear tyre puncture, which had been caused by him having to brake severely earlier in the race wearing the tread down to the canvas.

The last time up the Debden climb was crucial, the main field now down to about twenty attacked the climb at a fast pace. Derrick was struggling at the rear but managed to hang in there and thanks to an unnamed rider in front who was also in the red zone, they made the back of the group just as the gradient eased. Now it became tactical and Derrick found himself in the middle of the group as the ‘1K to go’ sign passed by and as the 200m flag came into view he managed to just hang in for around 12th place overall and at 1st in the G category. Geoff Wiles took the sprint for overall race victory.

Tour of the Wolds Road Race, 21st July 2013

Derrick Woodings, Mike Allen and Bill Cotton were riding the 19th edition of the prestigious Tour of the Wolds road race yesterday.

Their EFGH age category race saw 25 starters and took in 40 miles of Grimsby countryside.

There was a cash incentive on the line for the first rider through the finish from the start point, which was about two miles away. This proved to be the spark that ignited the race. Martin Russell (Team Jewson) took off with Ken Corbett (Wakefield CC) and immediately opened up a 100 metre gap. This grew inexorably with Ken taking the prime. These two then set about increasing their lead and finally disappeared from view despite some hard chasing by Steve Davies and Alistair Cameron.

After two laps the lead had grown to around two minutes and a lone attack by Alistair quickly joined by Steve went clear but they were unable to get across to the flying pair up front.

The chase behind contained the rest of the field and eventually contested the sprint for 5th overall place  in the race. This was easily won by Belper’s Mike Allen with colleague Bill Cotton coming in just behind. Derrick Woodings was there at the 200 metre flag but couldn’t maintain the pace set by Mike when he opened up the sprint.

The overall race winner was Martin Russell, with fellow break-away rider Ken Corbett taking second place. Mike Allen won the F age category with Bill Cotton finishing second in this same group.

Matlock Inter-club 10 mile TT, 9th July 2013

Well done to David Wallwin for coming 3rd in the inter-club 10 mile time trial up in Matlock the other night on the A10/16 course.

Leigh Fearn got the fastest time with 21:47 while David rolled in with 22:08.

wallwinNational LVRC Road Race Championship 2013, 7th July 2013
“Tour of the Fosse”

Well done to Derrick Woodings for gaining 3rd in the over 70’s category in this event.

Mike Allen got 4th place in the 65-69 race (two separate events) and Bill Cotton finished 7th.

Photo below shows Derrick on the podium (right).


Mark Storer Memorial 25 mile Time Trial, 6th July 2013

The full results for this event are now available below:


Below are a couple of photos from the event:

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MbeyqSQk1bqCijYtYjBP2VTmPEYjIA13vMY_OzkAUKk,u83nmXDQJVrptbXfDxl-RmO15zI5FcfQwu3XPVForOU Above: David Wallwin with his Jaguar Trophy for being the quickest Belper BC rider on the day.

Photos from the event are available, if you’d like one then please send a message to belperbc@yahoo.co.uk stating your name and race number to see if we have one of you.

Mark Storer Memorial 25 mile Time Trial, 6th July 2013 

Well done to cycling ace Michael Hutchinson (In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT) today for winning the event in a time of 47:05. Not far off the time he set for the Event Record of 46:48 on July 2nd 2011.

Other main results as follows and the full list of times will also be posted when available:

1st Lady: Alex Deck (RST Trigon), 0:58:24
2nd Lady: Diane Moss (Zepnat), 0:59:02

First Belper rider for the Jaguar Trophy was Dave Wallwin with a time of 0:53.17, but he only just pipped team mate Simon Parkin with a time if 0:53:51

5th overall place: Peter Lawrence (Team MDT), 49:47
4th: Michael Ellerton (Team Swift), 49:39
3rd: Steve Irwin (Kingston Wheelers), 49:20
2nd: Joel Wainman (Team Swift), 48:48

Please note these are only provisional and a full list (including the Vet winners) will appear here soon together with some photos.

Thanks to everyone involved and big thanks to Derek and Jean Storer again for sponsoring this event.

Saturday Club Run, 6th July 2013 

Please note there will not be a Saturday Club Run this weekend due to the Mark Storer event (see below for details).

Mark Storer Memorial, 25 mile Time Trial, 6th July 2013 

The start sheet for this event can be found below (PDF format). If anyone can help out with things on the day then be at the HQ for 1pm on Saturday please, details in the start sheet.

British Cycling Masters National Track Championships
Newport Velodrome June 28th- 30th 2013

Mike Allen and Derrick Woodings secured 6 medals in six events.

Derrick won the 10k scratch race and was 2nd in both the 2k pursuit and 10k points race for his age group. Mike Allen won both the scratch and points races and was 2nd in the pursuit for his age category.

photo 2Above: Mike Allen with his two gold and silver medals, and Derrick Woodings with his one gold and two silver medals.

Saturday Club Run, 29th June 2013 

The Saturday Club run is back on this weekend again (29th June 2013).

Meet at Belper Triangle to leave at 9am for a steady 20-odd mile ride in the Derbyshire countryside with a cafe stop included.

Contact Bill Cotton for more info on 01629 824397, or just turn up on the morning.

As usual everyone is welcome, you don’t have to be a club member or super fast road cyclist as this is steady ride aimed at beginners!

Road Report, Sunday 23rd June 2013

Derrick Woodings was in action on Sunday in the Midsummer Road Race up in Barton on Humber. His EFGH race was held over 8 laps but only gave a total of 27.6 miles which he considered a bit short for his age group.

The race with about 20 starters set off at a furious pace and immediately split with two riders taking a few metres advantage. This caused an immediate reaction with others either singly or together making a dangerous looking break at the end of the lap. Unfortunately Derrick was ensconced at the rear at that stage, unable to respond. On the southern leg of lap two the break had a slight advantage but they were hauled in on the uphill corner to the B1206, tailwind leg.

There were several more attempts to break clear, one of which Derrick was involved in, but all these came back, except for a solo by Alistair Cameron who managed to get clear at around half distance. He did a superb solo to finish alone and win the race, despite several attempts notably by others to get across.

On the penultimate lap on the tailwind leg, Derrick made a solo attempt to get clear and basically rode a 2km time trial before being pulled in with 3km to go.

On the bell lap Derrick managed to take a breather and recover for the inevitable sprint. He just had to concentrate on his two main adversaries; John Ginley and Ron Bennett. Throwing caution to the wind he kept John and Ron on his right, riding the left hand gutter, even though it was out in the wind as he knew he wouldn’t get boxed in. Sure enough Ken Corbett and Alan Ramsey opened up the sprint with Pete Smith (Condor RC) just behind. Using him as a marker they both went for the line. It seemed a long two hundred metres but Derrick had selected the right gear and managed to keep it spinning to take 5th in the race and to win his G age category.

Bill Cotton meanwhile was riding the ‘Endurance Fuel Peak Epic – The Ultimate Peak District Sportive Challenge’, which sounds like The Sportive of Sportives!

With the distance being 165.7km / 102.9miles with 4000m/ .13000ft of vertical climbing, these climbing figures were more akin to a mountain stage in the Tour de France! They took in 14 categorised climbs including Longstone Edge, Higger Tor, Mam Nick and the Goyt Valley (up to Cat and Fiddle). Bill completed the ride in 09:16:59 and was the fastest over 60 rider.

Above: Bill Cotton (left) riding the 2013 Peak Epic Sportive.

This coming weekend Mike Allen and Derrick are down Newport riding the British Cycling Masters track champs. Good luck to both of them.

Bill will be leading out the Saturday Club Run again this week. Details will be posted separately for this.

Saturday Club Run, 22nd June 2013 

Just a reminder that there will be no club run this Saturday but we hope to recommence these the week after, on the 29th June.

LVRC National Criterium Championships, Hayes, Saturday 15th June 2013 

Derrick and Mike made their way to Hayes, Hillingdon on Saturday to compete in the LVRC National Criterium Championships.

In the combined G and H race, there were 15 starters and for the first two laps Derrick and John Ginley (Condor RC) were sharing the pulling to get used to the circuit. It was John who made the first attack although Derrick soon rejoined him, and both were chased down shortly afterwards by the bunch. Derrick made several further attacks but all were neutralised.

With around 3 laps to go Derrick tried another attack up the wind assisted finishing straight, but was chased down yet again. On the approach to the finish on the penultimate lap, Derrick attacked hard and wound up the gear into the wind and turning into the finish he had the advantage. Unfortunately John Ginley (G cat) went round him just before the line where they both finished behind Pete Ryalls (H cat). This meant Derrick gained a podium place for coming 2nd in the G category.

Mike Allen was riding the F category race and was in a break with 2 other riders to contest the finish. Geoff Wiles (Abellio SFA Racing) just beat Mike to the line. Mike therefore picked up 2nd place on the podium in this F category race.

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Above:Derrick Woodings also picks up Silver for his G age category, in the 2013 LVRC National Criterium Championships.

Tom Simpson Memorial Road Race, Harworth, Sunday 16th June 2013 

Both Derrick and Mike were in action again the following day along with team mate Bill Cotton for the Tom Simpson Memorial Road Race up in Harworth, Notts.

The field of 40 riders took the start and it seemed a large bunch on such a small tight circuit. The first 3 laps were all extremely fast with no major splits and it remained so until 3 laps to go when Mike Allen took off on the Blyth uphill section and gained a large advantage, pressing it home on the long downhill section to the Bawtry road. This jolted Derrick into action and he ended up policing the front to try and deter any organised chase. Bill Cotton was marking any potential attackers. This tactic worked as Mike was able to extend his lead and go on to win the race.

On the final climb up the Blyth road one rider broke clear in a tremendous burst of speed, but Bill Cotton managed to claw his way onto his wheel.

These two then managed to hold a tenuous gap of 100 metres until the last corner up to the finish where they powered up to the 200 metre flag. Bill came off Steve’s wheel to take overall 2nd place.

Coming in at the rear of the bunch Derrick has suffered a puncture but was satisfied that Belper BC had come up trumps.

This win was Mike’s 6th this year and his 100th open win since he has been racing.

Saturday Club Run, 15th June 2013 

There will be a ride this Saturday morning (15th June), meeting at Belper Triangle at 9am for steady 20 or so miles with a cafe stop.

The one for the following week (22nd June) will not be going ahead.

Club Time Trial Championship 2013, 12th June 2013 

This evening saw the second time trial in the above competition, on what was a wet and windy evening around the Windley area.

Jonathan Marshall – 30:38
David Wallwin – 30:39
Tony Goldstraw – 32:08
Nick Bates – 35:44
Mark Tomlinson – 35:59
Allan Morton – 36:48

Tommy Godwin Memorial Road Race, 9th June 2013

Derrick Woodings and Mike Allen were in in road race action again, this time in the Tommy Godwin Memorial, promoted by Solihull CC.

Tommy Godwin was not only involved in our Olympic game preparation and was an ambassador for the games, but was also an incomparable cyclist, coach, manager and ex president of the British Cycling Federation.

In the race itself, Derrick spotted that Mike Allen has punctured with 2 laps to go without a change of wheel, leaving him the only Belper BC rider left in the race.

The last lap Derrick was in a compact group and he waited for the final ascent towards Wolverton before moving up to the front, having followed the consistent pace. Approaching the left turn just before the summit, Derrick attacked hard and immediately opened a gap which he maintained to the downhill, when he then got some assistance from Susan Shook (Bush Healthcare) which gave him a welcome breather. Despite an hard pull using his 12 sprocket, the field were chasing to close them down ahead of the final sprint.

Derrick hung on to win his ‘G’ age group category, while Joe Rowe was the overall race winner.

Tommy Godwin

Club Time Trial Championship 2013, 5th June 2013 

Wednesday evening saw the first of the Belper BC Time Trial Championships take place on the main A6 road between Cromford and Broadholme, just outside of Belper.  11 riders too part in this first time trail of 10km in length, with a strong headwind to contend with throughout.

Jonathan Marshall came in first with a time of 14:06, with David Wallwin coming in second with 14:20. Third place was claimed by Simon Parkin with 14:35.

Other times were Dan Janes 14:40, A. Wood 15:16, Nick Bates 16:09, Tony Goldstraw 16:19, Allan Morton 16:54, Mark Tomlinson 17:27, Malcolm Shakespeare 17:58 and youngster Taylor Marshall with a time of 19:39.

Thanks to Bill Cotton and Derrick Woodings for timekeeping.

Proposed Saturday Club Ride, 8th June 2013 

The weather forecast for the weekend looks good so we will be running our club ride this Saturday, Saturday 8th June.

Start point is Belper Triangle at 9.00am and Derrick is considering a new route to the East of the A6 and out in to the lanes. Approx distance 25 miles with lots of hills and a cafe stop.

All welcome, please confirm your attendance with Bill as per before on 01629 824397.

Also, a request to Belper Club members who are prepared to act as Lead riders to cover for Derrick and Bill who have racing commitments. On the 15th and 29th June we need one more Lead rider as Derrick is racing. On the 22nd June we need two as both Derrick and Bill are racing on that day. Please contact Bill on the above number.

Please note that these rides are not designed for absolute beginners to cycling, but more for those who enjoy cycling and are thinking of joining a club or just to see what it’s like to ride as part of a group.

LVRC Lincoln Ridge Road Race, 2nd June 2013 

Mike Allen and Derrick Woodings rode the LVRC Lincoln Ridge Road Race on the 2nd June. This was a circuit of 42 miles comprising of 4.5 laps.

The start from the HQ and up the only noticeable climb, was fast and into a stiff breeze. This saw an early attempt of a breakaway by one of the riders although he was soon pulled in, and over the old airfield section Derrick Woodings was pulling hard to test the water. There were more mini attacks to try and break the bunch down, but again they were pulled back, proving too hard to stay in front with the difficult headwind conditions.

With less than a lap to go it looked like it was coming down to a bunch sprint, but a big effort by Chris Gunter (Team Virgin) took him clear on the fast run down to Norwell. It was then down to a reaction from the bunch and Mick Ives (Jewson) took up the challenge going across the gap. Mike Allen and Derrick Woodings were then in a position to watch the rest try to make a move but this didn’t come, so it was Chris Gunter who took the overall win followed by Mick Ives. Mike Allen was squeezed out and just lost the sprint to Phil Etches (Witham Wheelers) to take 4th overall in the race, while Derrick finished further back in the field.

Saturday Club Ride, 1st June 2013 

Below are a couple of photos taken on the first Saturday club ride today. One is at the start at Belper Triangle, while the other was taken at the Meynell Coffee rooms near Kirk Langley. Thanks to Bill for organising this event.

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New Saturday Club Ride 

After a successful trial last week the Belper Bicycle Club is now pleased to be able to offer a Saturday club ride to novices, youngsters (accompanied by an adult) and the not so fit to current and potential members.

This week’s ride (01/06/13) will be led by Bill and Derrick and will LEAVE from Belper triangle (near the east mill, postcode DE56 1BJ) at 09:00hrs.

The route will take in mainly minor roads with a café stop at Carsington. Distance is expected to be 22-ish miles and it is anticipated that the group should be back in Belper around 11:00hrs.

If you are interested then please telephone Bill Cotton the Ride Co-ordinator and confirm your attendance (so he has an idea of rider numbers).

Bill can be contacted on 01629 824397. Please leave a message if he’s not there and he will return your call as soon as possible.

Newbury Road Race, Percy Stallard Series #2, 26th May 2013

Mike Allen, Derrick Woodings and Bill Cotton travelled down to the Newbury road race on the 26th May in Berkshire. This being event 2 in the 2013 Percy Stallard series of races.

This was a round trip of just over 300 miles for the Belper BC riders, plus a tough and fast 40 mile race. There were just over 4 laps for their event to cover on this undulating circuit, making up the 40 miles, with a reasonable climb on each lap.

At the start Tony Woodcock and Derrick were positioned in front and started at a brisk pace, not knowing that Mike Allen had got lost on his way to the start and watched us being set off from about 500m back down the road. He eventually caught them after a chase of 3 miles.

After swinging over from front position on the first left turn, there was a vicious attack and the whole field (including Mike) overtook Derrick.

Despite this, Derrick was the only rider who was at the rear of the bunch on lap three to hang in there making a front group of about twenty or so. It was obvious this was going to come down to a bunch sprint.

Approaching the last 1k it was anyone’s race. With the yellow flag in sight at the top of a slight drag, Terry Devine (Braintree) opened up the sprint, it was too early and he was passed by Alan Kemp, Dave Harper (Andover) and Ken Corbett (Wakefield) in that order.

Mike came home in a tight bunch sprint to finish 7th overall but to win his F age group

Derrick salvaged a 2nd place in his G age category for his efforts, while Belper clubmate Bill gained 2nd in his F age group (behind Mike).

All in all the Belper riders came out really well from this incredibly tough event.

Saturday Club Ride Trial Run 

The plan is to have a trial run this Saturday 25th May 2013, starting at 09.00 from the Belper Triangle.

The route used will take us through the lanes to Carsington for a cafe stop and then return to Belper.

Please note this will only be for prospective Lead Riders and all current club members as it’s a trial run only.

Derrick and Bill are leading this ride.

Belper BC Club Time Trial Championship 2013 

At the AGM is was decided that the club would hold a Time Trial championship in 2013. The format of the TT will be a 10km flat route along the A6 and a 10 mile hilly route round Windley.

The events will be run on the 5th and 12th June respectively and are open to any club members over the age of 12.

No former TT experience is necessary and no special equipment is needed (just entry money / bike / helmet) as these events are a bit of fun and to let people who have never had a go before experience racing against the clock.

After the first event we will try and introduce a handicap system so everybody has a chance of winning overall. First rider off will be at 19:00hrs and we will meet at the Hurt Arms car park (Ambergate) at 18:30hrs on the 5th June and the Puss In Boots car park (Wirksworth road) at the same times on the 12th.

If you are interested in riding these events please email Jonathan (Jonathan.Marshall@Lubrizol.com) as it will greatly assist Derrick and Bill (who have kindly agreed to time keep) during the signing-on process.

Details of the routes are below.

10km – Start on the A6 at gateway approximately half a mile south of Cromford traffic lights adjacent to telegraph pole no 33. Proceed south on A6 via Whatstandwell and Ambergate to finish at the northern end of lay-by approximately half a mile before Broadholme Lane (Fisherman’s Rest PH) adjacent to street light no 4502.

10 mile hilly – Start on access road to the Puss-in-Boots pub. Turn left onto the B5023. Proceed North on B5023 to turn left onto B5024 to Windley. Uphill through Windley village. Proceed to the A517 at the Tiger Inn. Turn left on the A517 towards Hulland Ward and turn left at the Cross O’ th’ Hands cross roads. Continue through Weston Underwood, towards Quarndon, turning left into Cumberhills Road to descend (WITH CARE) into Duffield. Turn left onto the B5023 Wirksworth road and continue to finish just before Puss in Boots pub.

Alford Road Race (LVRC), Lincs, 19th May 2013 

Today saw Mike Allen, Bill Cotton and Derrick Woodings compete in the Alford Road Race, near Louth in Lincolnshire.

Two riders broke away early in the race and were able to stay out in front taking 1st and 2nd places, although this pair very nearly got caught on the line in the end by a bunch sprint. The bunch sprint was easily won by Belper’s Mike Allen, gaining him 3rd overall place and also winning his age category.

Bill finished 3rd in the same age category as Mike while Derrick finished 4th in his category.

Saturday Club Rides 

Belper Bicycle Club are looking to start a new Saturday club cycle ride aimed at new or inexperienced riders from the 1st June 2013.

The distance is expected to be around 20 miles with a cafe stop included. The chosen routes have, wherever possible, been selected for low traffic flow.

All ages and abilities welcome providing you are reasonably fit, have a suitable and safe bike suitable for road use and all under 18’s must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

These rides will be guided with a lead rider and one behind for anyone who has any difficulties. All riders must wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions and have a puncture repair kit should the inevitable happen.

For the latest information when this is available, please refer to the Club Website (www.belperbc.co.uk) Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BelperBC) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/BelperBC).

If you are interested then please telephone Bill Cotton the Ride Co-ordinator and confirm your attendance (so we have an idea of rider numbers). Bill can be contacted on 01629 824397. Please leave a message if he’s not there and he will return your call as soon as possible.

Steve Gutteridge Memorial Race, 12th May 2013 

Mike Allen and Derrick Woodings rode the Steve Gutteridge memorial race near Chester on Sunday. Mick came 5th in the over 60’s race and won his F age category (65-69).
Derrick came home in the big bunch finish with Mike to take 3rd place in his G category. This race was over 6 laps of an eight mile circuit.

Bill Cotton was riding the Fred Whitton Challenge sportive on the same day. This is a gruelling 112 mile sportive challenge ride for charity around the Lake District. Bill completed the ride in a time of 8:56.

Bank Holiday Weekend Round-up, 4th – 5th May 2013 

Plenty of action for Belper BC this weekend, and all over the country at that.

Derrick Woodings rode the Minty’s Memorial Road Race on Sunday, an event hosted by Rutland CC on a course around Serlby Park in Harworth totalling 38 miles (7 laps of 5.7 miles). Derrick felt on form and was riding better than of late and was able to cross gaps more easily. The riders were blessed with blue skies and sunshine so maybe this was one of the contributory factors.

Derrick got closed down at the finish however and was caught on the line by the bunch while chasing a group of 4 riders who had escaped earlier on lap 3. Despite this though he still managed a good 10th place overall which was well up the field and he came 1st in his G age category.

Mike Allen meanwhile was riding the Welsh CA 25 mile time trial (Welsh Championships) on the R25/3L course, starting in the village of Cefn Rhigos.

Mike recorded a time of 55:00 which is not bad going considering the British Competition record for the course is 45:46.

Finally Bill Cotton was definitely getting the miles on Saturday when he rode the Dartmoor Demon Sportive. This 95 mile beast of a course started at Exeter racecourse and takes in stunning views across Haldon Forest and Dartmoor National Park.

Bill recorded a time of 7:15:00 which earned him a Bronze status.

Derek Smith Memorial Road Race, Halifax, Sunday 21st April 2013 

In a race promoted by the Halifax Imperial Wheelers, this is a course based on Norland Moor overlooking Halifax. It’s a 4 mile circuit with a good climb of around 1 kilometre where the finish is sited. This circuit had to be covered 11 times in the duration of the race. If it’s windy then it is very exposed up there, making it extremely hard.

Unfortunately there had been an accident in one of the other age group races and the road was partially blocked by the ambulance during the latter part of their event causing the race to be cancelled. This was on lap 9 of 11. To be so far into a race and then find it cancelled must be one of the worst feelings, especially if you’re doing well and in with a good chance of winning. Sadly this was exactly the case for Mike Allen as he was in the leading group of three riders. He was the only F cat rider in the group as the other two were E cats, and they were also the strongest riders in the race. Mike said later that they were absolutely flying, so he was in a very strong position to finish in the top 3 and also win his age category at the same time.

Derrick Woodings was in a chasing group going well and starting to feel stronger towards the end when they had to stop. Bill Cotton was also with that same chasing group and going well after getting over his recent bad cold.

Both Bill and Derrick are riding the 80km Wakefield CC event next weekend so good luck to the pair of them.

Sevale Stallard Road Race, Malvern, Worcs, Sunday 14th April 2013
Percy Stallard Series Round 1

Mike Allen competed in the Sevale Stallard Road Race yesterday, this being held in the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. It formed the first of the Percy Sallard points series races for the 2013 season.

Mike was beaten by only half a wheel by younger rider Alan Kemp from Weaver Valley, from the 16 other remaining riders in the race. The course proved very hilly and combined with loads of potholes and strong wind this 12 mile circuit was not for the faint hearted.

Mike attacked with 2k in the race left but was pulled back by the peloton for the sprint finish that he opened up. Alan Kemp just pipped him on a difficult uphill run with a strong headwind.

Both riders finished at least a length clear of 3rd rider, with this being Tom Wilson (London). 

Despite being narrowly beaten into 2nd place Mike won his ‘F’ age (ages 65 to 69) category again.

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Above: Mike Allen pictured recently. Photo kindly supplied by Terry Fletcher.

Solihull Early Season Circuit Race, Saturday 30th March 2013

Saturday saw the three prominent Belper BC veterans in action down in Solihull for the early season circuit race, scheduled to last 1 hour and 5 laps.

Despite the temperature being just above freezing, the course was almost dry and these were conditions the riders were grateful for after the previous two weeks of cancellations due to snow.

An attack on lap 10 saw three powerful riders, including Mike Allen, break clear of the main group. The trio were joined a lap later by a fourth rider and it was this group that stayed out in front for the rest of the race despite several attempts to claw them back. One chasing group of around twelve riders included clubmate Derrick Woodings.

And so it continued and in the final sprint one of them made an attempt break free but he found himself up against at least two other strong sprinters. It was Mike Allen, the oldest of the other riders in this foursome who showed the youngsters how to do it, and he easily won the sprint to take the race. Mike also won his F age category.

Meanwhile Derrick, in the group a lap behind, made an attempt to escape on a short uphill section. He was soon closed down however and having spent his last reserves he watched the bunch sprint bringing up the rear, won by Belper clubmate Bill Cotton.

Despite this Derrick still came first in his G category age group, and Bill finished second in the F category (behind Mike who won both the race and the F category) in what was a good fast race and a great day for these Belper BC veterans.

Pinvin Road Race, Pershore, Worcs, Sunday 24th March 2013

Derrick Woodings and Bill Cotton were due to ride this LVRC event but it was cancelled due to snow on the untreated roads and a forecast of yet more of the white stuff.

Derrick said that this March has been the coldest he could remember since 1962, when he also remembers riding a series of Saturday afternoon criteriums with snow down the middle of the roads. He said they hadn’t got the cold weather clothing in those days so they must have been hard…or daft!

Next week, weather permitting, Derrick, Bill and Mike Allen are all riding the Solihull ‘Early Season’ Circuit Race at Solihull Tudor Grange. Let’s hope Spring starts to make an appearance soon.

The Fleche Waltonne Road Race, Sunday 17th March 2013

This race down in Husbands Bosworth (near Lutterworth, Leics) that Derrick Woodings and Bill Cotton were riding today was abandoned due to heavy snow.

On arrival at HQ the weather started to deteriorate but it was light rain just before start. They started at 10:10 and immediately rain turned to sleet and then snow. After 4 miles the snow was quite thick and was starting to settle. Derrick made the decision to ride back to HQ after lap 1, as did most of the other riders including Bill. The race was finally abandoned after 1.5 laps, with some riders doing 2 full laps. The heavy snow that settled on the lanes made it too dangerous to continue racing.

Someone filmed the snow on part of the course today, click here to see it on YouTube.

Today was also the day of the famous Milan – San Remo race (the ‘Spring classic’) over in Italy and that mirrored the snowy conditions of the day, although thankfully they managed to resume that after a 2-hour race halt and a route diversion. 

Derrick said he’s ridden in bad conditions before but never like this, and he was starting to lose the feeling in his fingers.

The hot showers afterwards just revived them however and we hope the weather improves for the next road race this coming weekend, where Derrick and Bill are competing in the Pinvin road race in Pershore, Worcs.

NVRT Baines Racing RR, Towcester, Sunday 10th March 2013

The first race of the 2013 road season. Derrick Woodings travelled down to this event with Belper club-mate and newly elected Club Chairman Bill Cotton.

Derrick had decided to make this event a fast training exercise, leaving his heavier wheels in, as the roads at this time of year are notorious after a winter of gritting. As it turned out the sun never broke through and the temperature was just bearable. The ride to the start of about 5 miles indicated that it was going to be a hard race with, for the first time in this event, wind blowing down the finishing climb. This made the long trek out to Maidford a ‘gutter grovel’.

There were 6 laps for this D,E,F,G event to cover over this undulating circuit with two reasonable climbs each lap. This was for the 55+ age groups so it was going to be hard and they had the privilege of riding with ex pro Bob Downs, a  newcomer to the D cats this year.

The first two laps were fast and furious and although there were one or two brave souls trying to escape, nothing materialised as a working break. Derrick had problems on the aforementioned Maidford run, the crosswind was brutal. They were riding wheel to wheel trying to avoid the potholes whilst trying to escape the wind. Derrick said he was happy to sit in for the first 2 laps while he was just getting used to the feeling of riding at racing speed again after 5 months absence.

Derrick was never under any real pressure, moving up on each of the climbs and then drifting back to the lantern rouge position. The first real attack came on lap 3 when several riders broke on the crosswind section and the peloton started to fragment. One by one other riders made the front group and so did club-mate Bill Cotton. By this time Derrick’s group was down to about nine, with most of them going ‘through and off’ to try and make contact. They finally got on to the front just before the left turn up Maidford hill. This is where Derrick almost had a disaster when he pulled his left foot out and was unable to get it back! When he finally got going again he was 50 metres off the back.

Derrick knew that if he wasn’t back with the others by the next left turn into the wind that he might as well climb off. He made it though, just; managing to recover on the headwind run back through the finish. By this time he was the only G cat rider left so he opted to observe from the back. Smooth pedalling Barry Jones, team mate, strong man Barrie Mitchell. Chris Gunter who made several late surges to no avail. The wind proved to be everyones enemy on the day. Bob Downs looked truly comfortable and ended up with a high placing. Coming into the last 2k, the much depleted peloton of about 20 started to jockey for position.

Derrick sat it out at the rear not wanting to, or perhaps not able to get in the way of the sprinters. He took first place in his G category, and team-mate Bill took first F cat placing.

Other news and Mick Allen was due to ride the North Midlands VTTA 18km time trial last Saturday but unfortunately the event was cancelled due to road works on the course itself.

SRAM NDCXL Final Standings 2012 – 2013 Season

With the SRAM Notts & Derby Cyclo-Cross League season now over, we take a look at the overall standings for the 2012-13 season.

In the Under 9’s League, Lara Husselbee was the 3rd fastest girl behind Harriet Limb (Matlock) and Rosie Mansfield from Nottingham Clarion CC. Overall Lara finished 21st out of 69 riders. Oliver Brown, Annabel Brown, Caitlin Austin, Lewis Austin and Emily Walwin have also been active this season.

Under 12’s League saw Christian Boon as the highest Belper finisher in 11th place overall out of 90 riders, just ahead of Edward Warbrick. Also competing in this league were Jack Husselbee, Liam Northridge and Joe Jenkins .

In the Youths League, Isabelle Boon finished 17th out of 74 other riders. Taylor Marshall, Alice Warbrick and Georgia Husslebee were also involved this season.

Out of 240 riders in the Senior Leauge, overall Jonathan Marshall (Zepnat) finished 17th. Also riding this season were David Husselbee, Tony Goldstraw (Empella), Shaun Warbrick, Nick Bates, Steve Boon, Nigel Britten, Matt Parr and Adam Britton.

Jane Warbrick was the 7th fastest Veteran Woman.

Belper BC finished 12th place (mid-table) in the FMS Team Trophy and 11th in the Mixed Team Trophy.


National Trophy Cyclo-Cross Series 2012-13, Round 6 – Moorways Derby, 6 January 2013

Belper BC cyclist Isabelle Boon celebrated her 4th podium of the 6 race series to secure 3rd overall in the U14 girl category of the National Cyclocross trophy at Moorways stadium in Derby on Sunday 6th January. On a technically challenging course Isabelle needed to deploy all of her skills and experience to stay on track and consolidate the bronze medal position which had taken the racers the length and breadth of the country over the past 4 months. 

Above: Isabelle Boon taking 3rd spot in the National Trophy Cyclo-Cross Series 2012-13 at Moorways, Derby, 6 January 2013

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