Belper Bicycle Club’s Derrick Woodings was in action last Sunday in the Midsummer Road Race at Barton on Humber.
His EFGH race was held over eight laps but only gave a total of 27.6 miles.
The race, with about 20 starters, set off at a furious pace and immediately split with two riders taking a few metres advantage.
This caused an immediate reaction with others making a dangerous looking break at the end of the lap. Unfortunately, Derrick was ensconced at the rear at that stage.
On the southern leg of lap two, the break had a slight advantage but they were hauled in on the uphill corner to the B1206, tailwind leg.
There were several attempts to break clear, one of which Derrick was involved in, but all these came back, except for a solo by Alistair Cameron who managed to get clear at around half distance.
He did a superb solo to finish alone and win the race.
On the penultimate lap on the tailwind leg, Derrick made a solo attempt to get clear and basically rode a 2km time trial before being pulled in with 3km to go.
On the bell lap, Derrick managed to take a breather and recover for the sprint.
He just had to concentrate on his two main adversaries; John Ginley and Ron Bennett.
Throwing caution to the wind, he kept John and Ron on his right, riding the left hand gutter. Sure enough Ken Corbett and Alan Ramsey opened up the sprint with Pete Smith (Condor RC) just behind. It seemed a long 200 metres but Derrick had selected the right gear and managed to take fifth in the race and to win his G age category.