Belper Cyclist out in front in Percy Stallard series

A sunny day greeted Mike Allen, Bill Cotton and Derrick Woodings when they travelled to the Brendan Chiu Memorial Road Race in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

This was a very tough 36-mile hilly circuit, and forms Round Four of the Percy Stallard race series.

Despite the decent weather the actual forecast had not been so good, and as a result the turnout was not quite as expected.

However, this did not stop 23 riders turning up for their particular age group categories, and this race saw three different age groups competing together; these being categories E (ages 60–64), F (65–69) and G (70-74).

Belper Bicycle Club member Mike Allen was riding this to maintain his position in the category standings and did just that, winning his age category F from Dave Rutherford.

This means Mike now has 24 points from four events and is well in front.

Bill unfortunately didn’t fare so well on the day although Derrick was in a group contesting the sprint for ninth overall place, with Mick Ives just getting ahead of him to get first place in their G age category.

Derrick is now third in his age category with 14 points from three events, two points behind Mick Ives (who was also Derrick’s old professional team mate from the 1960s), and one point behind Bob Richards.

Derrick and Mike are training at the Manchester Velodrome this week ahead of the British Cycling National Masters Track Championships.

This event will be held at the Wales National Velodrome in Newport this weekend (between Friday, June 29 and Sunday 1July 1) and both riders will be defending their titles.

Next Monday (July 2)sees the monthly club night at the Strutt Club, Campbell Street in Belper where the club host the Mark Storer Memorial 25-mile Time Trial (Saturday, July 7) will be discussed amongst other matters.

The regular meeting start time is 7pm.

New members of all ages and abilities are always more than welcome to attend, as either riders for the club or social members.

Anyone interested in joining the club should visit the club website for more information at www.belperbc.co.uk or visit the Facebook page.

Riders meet every Sundaymorning either at Belper Triangle at 9am or outside the Hurt Arms, at the junction of the A6 and A610 in Ambergate.

Riders leave the Hurt Arms at 9.15am and normally return at about mid-day.