Belper Bicycle Club trio are ready for action this weekend

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Belper Bicycle Club’s Derrick Woodings and Bill Cotton were due to ride the Pinvin Road Race, in Pershore, on Sunday, but it was cancelled due to snow on the untreated roads and a forecast of yet more of the white stuff.

Derrick said this March has been the coldest he could remember since 1962, when he also remembers riding a series of Saturday afternoon criteriums with snow down the middle of the roads.

He said they hadn’t got the cold weather clothing in those days so they must have been hard…or daft!

Next week, weather permitting, Derrick, Bill and Mike Allen are all riding the Solihull ‘Early Season’ Circuit Race at Solihull Tudor Grange.

The club itself has a long and proud history, starting out in the 1940s as Belperion Road Club, before re-emerging in the mid 1970s as Belper BC, with sponsorship from Thorntons Toffee).

The club was known as Belper BC Thorntons Toffee during this period and they had a very strong road and time trial team, producing many riders who competed successfully at regional, national and international level. The Thorntons sponsorship ended in 1988 when the company became a PLC.

The club still continues to do well today and supports both competitive and non-competitive cyclists.

Riders are encouraged to join the weekly club run. Riders meet every Sunday morning either at Belper Triangle at 9am or outside the Hurt Arms, Ambergate, leaving at 9.15am and normally return at about mid-day.

The club is also looking to introduce a slower Saturday ride this year for newcomers. There are also plans for a club organised time trial on the A6 between Cromford and Broadholme and another in the Windley area later this year.

The club night is the first Monday every month (except Bank Holidays - then it’s a week later) at the Strutt Club (Conservative Club), Campbell Street in Belper. Starting at 7pm, all are welcome and they are a friendly bunch so come down and see what it’s all about. The next meeting will be on April 8, due to it being Easter Monday the week before.