Belper BC draw positives from opening two rounds

Derrick Woodings, of Belper BC.
Derrick Woodings, of Belper BC.
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A number of Belper cyclists took part in last Saturday’s round two of the SRAM NDCXL, held at Sherwood Pines.

Belper’s Lara Husselbee was the third fastest girl in the under-9s race.

Teammates Ella Langston and Oliver Brown also competed in the event that was won by Bryn Lawrence (Eastlands Velo).

Jack Husselbee and Taylor Marshall did well in the youth race, which saw Harry Lewis (Sherwood Pines RT) come out on top.

Belper’s Tony Goldstraw (Empella) had a cracking ride to finish ninth overall in the veterans’ event, just ahead of teammate Jonathan Marshall (Zepnat) in 11th.

David Husselbee, Shaun Warbrick and Nick Bates also powered around the course but the race was won by Richard Lister from Ellmore Factory Racing.

The previous week saw Round One take place at the Hilton Fields Farm.

Belper riders Lara Husselbee and Ella Langston competed in the under-9s race that was won by Ben Mellor (Matlock CC).

In the youth event Taylor Marshall and Jack Husselbee competed in the race won by Cameron Orr (Sherwood Pines RT) and the seniors/men’s event saw Belper’s David Evans compete, in an event won by Daniel Booth (Hope Factory Racing).

Belper’s Jonathan Marshall (Zepnat) finished eighth in the veteran race, which was won by Richard Lister (Ellmore Factory Racing). Belper’s Nick Bates also took part.

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

This was an EFG category race over five laps of a testing circuit that totalled 7.5 miles.

The small group of around 20 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 collarbone.

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 eventually finished behind him in third G cat position.