Belper Bicycle Club riders Bill Cotton and Derrick Woodings rode the Andy Hardy memorial road race last weekend.
This EFG category event was six laps of a hilly seven-mile circuit near Towcester.
Apart from a lone rider, Dave McMullen (Cotswolds R.C.) the race finished in a bunch sprint. Dave rode a superb race, solo, for the last three laps, holding off the bunch where Bill Cotton just got pipped on the line by Gaz Hill (Dinnington).
This was an improvement on Bill’s fourth last year, but still repeating his category win again. Bill rode a very tactical race, saving his energy until the finish, being rewarded with third place overall and a win in his F age group category – his fourth age cat win this year.
Derrick also rode a tactical race, trying to outfox his main category rivals John Ginley (Bradford), Bill Rains (Bristol) and Bob Richards (Northampton). However he opted to keep clear of the struggle in the gallop for the line, and was unable to catch John and Bob to finish third in his G age group. Derrick said later that he had the track to think of in a month’s time where he cannot afford to get injured again, having finally recovered from the crash he had in February.
Derrick, Mike Allen, Martin Harris and Steve Moorcroft were also in action in the Darley Moor Circuit Race on Saturday. This EFGH event was the second of a series of three, lasting one hour plus three laps (approximately 25 miles).
There was a reasonable field of just under 30 riders. Mike Allen was riding with a broken collarbone and two cracked ribs following a recent training crash while Steve Moorcroft was riding his first race ever and at 65 qualified as an F cat. Steve has been training with the club for over a year and has the strength required for this kind of racing.
Mike’s plan was to start fast to get away from the bunch to ensure a safer ride. This was the case as he attacked immediately after the flag was dropped and was followed by Richard Booth and E cat Andy Jones.
Richard Booth easily won the race from Andy with Mike unable to get out of the saddle to pull on the bars, coming home a fine third overall. He also came second in his F cat.
Steve Moorcroft finished third in his F cat and in his first actual bike race, and Derrick finished second in his G cat.