Mike battles to claim a silver

Belper Bicycle Club's Mike Allen
Belper Bicycle Club's Mike Allen

Belper Bicycle Club’s Mike Allen and Derrick Woodings were in the medals at the recent UCI Track Cycling Masters World Championships at Manchester Velodrome.

Derrick faced stiff competition in the Men’s 70-plus Scratch Race, a 20-lap (5km) race and was up against Italian world champion Guido Lupo. He started off with some confidence, tracking Guido, but the race was soon down to five laps to go and Guido and Leo Menestrina (USA) attacked hard, gaining some five metres. Derrick was trapped mid-group and left it too late to get through, finishing sixth.

Two days later, Derrick was back again in the 70-plus Points Race Final, 40 laps over 10km. With one sprint left, he was in second, in front of Leo by one point and three points on Roger Langlois (France). He finished fourth to gain the point needed. Roger gained second in this sprint but Derrick’s extra point gave him the winning margin over him in this hard-fought race. Derrick took the podium behind Guido to receive a silver medal.

Derrick then was at the National Velodrome in the Men’s 70-74 Individual Pursuit. Despite his best efforts, he finished out of the medals on this occasion.

In other news, there was a good selection of Belper Cyclo-cross riders at Bingham, Notts, for Round 7 of the SRAM NDCXL series. Christian Boon (U12) was the highest Belper rider. Round Eight is next Saturday at Bramcote Park.