Good displays from trio of Belper BC veterans

Bill Cotton'Belper Bicycle Club
Bill Cotton'Belper Bicycle Club
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Belper Bicycle Club’s Mike Allen and Derrick Woodings were in competitive action last week when they rode the LVRC FlexTec Ettridge Road Race in Lincolnshire.

Mike won his age group again (his 11th this season), and came home second in the 60+ event.

Derrick finished in an excellent eighth place in the race, and was also classed as second in his particular age group.

Meanwhile, Belper Bicycle Club’s third prominent veteran, Bill Cotton, was riding the Portsdown Autumn Road Race, which was held at Fareham in Hampshire on the same day.

The race took place over a distance of 38 miles and was held over five laps of a hard, hilly circuit overlooking The Solent, a course that Bill found ideal.

There was a strong field of 37 riders and among these competitors was the current National Champion and the National Series Leader for his age group so it was going to be a challenge for all those taking part.

A break of ten competitors, including Bill, went clear on the first lap and they stayed clear until the end, building up a lead of over five minutes on the rest of the field in the race.

The bunch got split on the last climb to the finish, where Bill was able to win the sprint for his age group.

In addition, David Wallwin was in action last Wednesday evening.

He was riding the Kniveton ten- mile time trial.

David successfully recorded a time of 21.50.

This is his personal best on that course.

David came second to a Team Raleigh pro rider, Graham Biggs, who recorded 19:55.

Another pro, Team Sky rider Ben Swift rode the same course the week prior and got a time of 19.31.