Belper duo shine again at national championships

Belper Bicycle Club’s Derrick Woodings and Mike Allen continued their busy schedule of racing when they made their way down to Hayes and Hillingdon last Saturday.

They were there to compete in the LVRC National Criterium Championships.

In the combined G and H race, there were 15 starters and for the first two laps Derrick and John Ginley (Condor RC) were sharing the pulling to get used to the circuit.

It was John who made the first attack, although Derrick soon rejoined him, and both were chased down shortly afterwards by the bunch.

Derrick made several further attacks but all were neutralised.

With around three laps to go, Derrick tried another attack up the wind assisted finishing straight, but was chased down yet again.

On the approach to the finish on the penultimate lap, Derrick attacked hard and wound up the gear into the wind and turning into the finish he had the advantage.

Unfortunately John Ginley (G cat) went round him just before the line where they both finished behind Pete Ryalls (H cat).

This meant Derrick gained a podium place for coming second in the G category.

Mike Allen was riding the F category race and was in a break with two other riders to contest the finish.

Geoff Wiles (Abellio SFA Racing) just beat Mike to the line.

Mike therefore picked up second place on the podium in this F category race.

Both Derrick and Mike were in action again the following day, along with team mate Bill Cotton for the Tom Simpson Memorial Road Race up in Harworth, Notts.

The field of 40 riders took the start and it seemed a large bunch on such a small tight circuit.

The first three laps were all extremely fast with no major splits and it remained so until three laps to go when Mike Allen took off on the Blyth uphill section and gained a large advantage, pressing it home on the long downhill section to the Bawtry road.

This jolted Derrick into action and he ended up policing the front to try and deter any organised chase.

Bill Cotton was marking any potential attackers.

This tactic worked as Mike was able to extend his lead and go on to win the race.

On the final climb up the Blyth road, one rider broke clear in a tremendous burst of speed, but Bill Cotton managed to claw his way onto his wheel.

These two then managed to hold a tenuous gap of 100 metres until the last corner up to the finish where they powered up to the 200 metre flag. Bill came off Steve’s wheel to take overall second place.

Coming in at the rear of the bunch Derrick has suffered a puncture but was satisfied that Belper BC had come up trumps.

This win was Mike’s 6th this year and his 100th open win since he has been racing.