Trio of cyclists produce some impressive performances

Belper Bicycle Club members
Belper Bicycle Club members

Sunday saw Mike Allen, Bill Cotton and Derrick Woodings compete in the Alford Road Race, a 42-mile event comprising of 4.5 laps of the nine-mile circuit near Louth in Lincolnshire.

A hard circuit with a tough uphill finish, the wind also makes this circuit difficult as it is very exposed near to the North Sea coast, adjacent to Mablethorpe.

Two riders broke away early in the race and were able to stay out in front, taking first and second places, although this pair very nearly got caught on the line in the end by a bunch sprint.

Belper’s Mike Allen easily won this sprint, gaining him third overall place and also winning his age category.

Bill finished third in the same age category as Mike, while Derrick finished fourth in his category.

In other news, the club islooking to start a new Saturday club cycle ride, aimed at new or inexperienced riders from June 1.

The distance is expected to be around 20 miles with a cafe stop included.

The chosen routes have, wherever possible, been selected for low traffic flow.

All ages and abilities are welcome, providing you are reasonably fit, have a suitable and safe bike designed for road use and all under 18s must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

For more information on these rides, see the club website at or the Facebook page ( or Twitter feed (