Woodings targets the World Masters

DERRICK Woodings from Belper Bicycle Club rode the East Coast road race near Bridlington recently.

It was a 40-mile event and the penultimate counter in the Percy Stallard series of events. The weather was extremely windy but otherwise fine so any solo escapes were impossible and the race came down to a bunch sprint of the strongest riders left (about 12) from a field of 30.

Derrick finished in the group but just behind his opponent Ken Haddon, so finishing second in that grouping. Derrick’s total points score in the series is now 18, giving him third place in the series behind Ken with 30 and Bob Richards (Solihull) with 19.

Derrick is now concentrating on track training for the World Masters in mid October, although he has one more road race and three time trials before then.

Meanwhile, Mike Allen rode the recent St Ives road race, a 47-mile hilly course based in Huntingdonshire. The was the last counting event in the Percy Stallard series, although Mick has not been contesting these events so with no points to race for he was just in it to win it.

On the first lap Dave Rutherford (Solihull) attacked and went clear. Knowing Dave to be a serious threat, Mike gave chase and closed the gap along. The pair then worked together to forge a two minute lead.

On the last lap with the bunch chasing hard and Mick suffering from cramp and fatigue, the pair looked likely to be chased down. They both dug into their reserves to hold on and Mick got his 15th win of the year, easily beating Dave in the sprint, with race favourite Alan Kemp getting third.