Abandoned race denies Allen a chance of victory

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The glorious sunshine saw hundreds of cyclists out in Derbyshire over the weekend making the most of the weather after what seems like months of freezing cold and rain.

All was not so well in the road race the Belper Bicycle Club veterans were riding in though, with another race having to be abandoned.

The race was the Derek Smith Memorial Road Race, promoted by the Halifax Imperial Wheelers.

It takes place on a course based on Norland Moor overlooking Halifax, and is a four- mile circuit with a good climb of around one 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.

The weather was not to blame for this race cancellation however, as 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.

This was on lap nine 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 three 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 with that same chasing group and going well. Bill and Derrick are riding the 80km Wakefield CC event next weekend.