Derrick shakes off ring rust to earn bronze

Belper BC's Derrick Woodings (far right) won bronze in the team 3k pursuit at the UCI World Masters National Track Championships.

Belper BC's Derrick Woodings (far right) won bronze in the team 3k pursuit at the UCI World Masters National Track Championships.

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Belper BC member Derrick Woodings scooped a bronze medal at the UCI World Masters National Track Championships recently.

Amazingly, Derrick achieved the feat with only a week’s notice after he was called up in the absence of a regular team member.

Derrick and his team, which also comprised of Barry Ferguson (Sheffield), Mike Wolstenholme (Chester) and Brian Moat (Preston), finished third in the 3k pursuit race at the event in Manchester earlier this month.

Derrick had been drafted into the team because one of the original members was not well and felt unable to perform.

He agreed with only one week to prepare, so the Tuesday prior to the event he did a trial run at the Manchester Velodrome.

After putting himself through the paces he felt he could do it justice, despite not having ridden such an event for over 50 years!

However, despite the understandable ring rust, Derrick played his part and on the night the quartet rode a fairly good, smooth race to finish up in bronze medal position.

They finished behind eventual winners Denmark and the USA team, in second.

There was no rest for the wicked as just 24 hours later Derrick was back in the saddle in Manchester.

He and fellow club members Mike Allen and Bill Cotton took part in a 5k (20 lap) scratch race.

Bill and Mike competed in the 65-69 age group with Derrick in the 75+ race.

The younger event was first and both Belper participants were going fine until a big pile-up brought down many riders, including Mike.

Coming into the final two laps Bill was boxed in and the Frenchman Gerard Robert made a dash for the line.

As he did, he opened up a five-metre gap to win easily, with Bill finishing in the group just behind.

In Derrick’s race (75+) there was a good entry of 14 riders, including four from the USA, and he posted a finish of seventh place.

Derrick claimed bronze in the 75+ points race and seventh in his scratch race, with Bill 11th respectively.