Third places for Belper BC riders

Belper Bicycle Club member Bill Cotton rode the fifth Percy Stallard Road Race on August 22 down in Fareham, Hampshire.

He did well to finish third in his F age category group.

Last Sunday, Derrick Woodings and Bill rode the Andy Hardy Memorial Road Race in Towcester, Northants. This was an EFGH age category event of five laps equalling 30 miles.

Forty riders made the start in what was to be a very fast race, with various attacks that opened up the race at the start. Derrick and Bill chased down one group although despite catching them there was soon to be another move by Ivor Thomas (Solihull) and John Hughes who held off the rest if the field for almost a lap.

The bunch soon came together again but again there were several mini attacks to break the field. Feeling a sprint finish was imminent, Derrick made a few attacks towards the end but was jumped on immediately.

On the long, mainly downhill and wind assisted run to the finish, doing at times 35+mph, Derrick was positioned mid bunch trying to follow Tony Woodcock along with all the big hitters.

With one kilometre to go the sprint started to wind up and Derrick was reasonably comfortable until the yellow flag came in to view and then it really started.

Derrick lost Tony’s wheel and saw him go past Ken Haddon, but at the front Don Parry, going hard, was just pipped by sprinter Lance Ravenhill, with Martin Hackley coming third overall.

Despite this Derrick did go on to finish third in his G category to get points, and Bill Cotton also finished third in his F category.