Belper trio are in impressive form as they compete in tough events

Dave Wallwin
Dave Wallwin

Belper BC’s David Wallwin rode a personal best time 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.

Derrick Woodings and Mike Allen were in action in the VC Nottingham / Ey Up Dave Road Race on August 11.

The first three miles were wind-assisted and Woodings decided on a ‘through and off’ strategy 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 Woodings, now at the back, watched fellow over 70 rider Brian Sunter make a vicious attack immediately gaining 50 metres.

As soon as Woodings saw him adopt his time trial position he knew he was serious and he gradually pulled out a 20 second 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 Woodings 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 Gunter made several attacks eventually getting clear. Woodings 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 so they were soon closed down and the inevitable sprint loomed.

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

Davies was the overall winner, followed by Lebelinski and Sunter, with Belper’s Mike Allen taking 1st F age category.