Belper veteran riders produce some fine form again

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BELPER Bicycle Club members Jon Marshall and Derrick Woodings both continued their fine form as the pair took part in the Tyesoe Road Race in Worcestershire.

This event was round two of the Onimpex Uk Bioracer Percy Stallard Series.

Marshall had to cover five laps (75-miles) in the 40-50 age group race and Derrick three laps of a 15-mile circuit in the 60-plus event.

The weather was overcast with drizzle and a cold south westerly wind, little sunshine.

In race one, over 75-miles Jon was somewhat apprehensive about the length of the event, not having raced over this distance before, but had taken advice from Derrick who has ridden many events over 100-miles in his long career.

With the extra distance the race began at a more sedate pace, fast, but not hectic.

Despite many attacks, the group stayed compact and apart from losing a few stragglers the finish ended in an uphill mass sprint where Jon came in 13th finishing sixth in his (40-44) age group.

He admitted afterwards that considering the distance he was encouraged by the way he rode and probably could have been more aggressive, but lessons have been learned from this and he now knows his capabilities over longer distances at racing speed.

In the 60-plus event, the start was again very fast with several early attacks which were all quickly brought to heel.

On the long leg south from Upper Tysoe, the headwind made it difficult to develop a sustainable break.

Reaching the summit of the main climb on lap one favourite Alan Kemp (Weaver Valley CC) was leading the stretched out bunch, closely marked by another top rider Don Parry (Northampton), Derrick was well placed on Don’s wheel and was able to follow the pair.

Over the top and down the descent the trio worked well together gradually pulled away to open a gap of three-minutes on the field until on the final climb with one-mile to the finish Alan put in a vicious attack, dislodging first Derrick and then Don the trio coming home in that order separated by a handful of seconds.

So another race placing and 70+age related group win for Derrick, the fifth this year to rival Mike Allen.