Busy time for Belper Bicycle Club members

The LVRC road championships event took place with a pair of Belper Bicycle Club veterans taking part.

Belper’s Mike Allen didn’t make the starting line but his teammates Bill Cotton and Derrick Woodings did make the start. This event was held on the hilly Priors Marsten circuit down in in Warwickshire.

The weather was diabolical though and Bill climbed off after two laps of a 13-mile circuit. Derrick was able to finish but was in a state of hypothermia, finishing well down in fifth place.

On the following Saturday, Mike and Derrick rode the first of a series of three events on the Darley Moor circuit, near Ashbourne, along with two other members of Belper BC in Martin Harris and Malcolm Shakespeare, both of whom were riding their first ever race.

Mick rode well to finish second in the race but easily winning his age category. Derrick finished in eighth place and third in his category after a last lap attack to be passed in the final metres by Dave Gretton (Notts) and World Masters track sprint champion Geoff Cooke (Long Eaton).

On the Sunday, Bill and Derrick rode the third counter in the Percy Stallard series at Great Limber in Lincolnshire.

Bill finished fourth and retained his second place in the series behind top rider Alan Kemp (Weaver Valley) who has won all three counting races so far this year.

Derrick finished in the main group as he did not contest the sprint, trying to avoid any incidents before the track championships next month.