Victory for Belper Bicycle Club veteran Derrick at Darley Moor

Derrick Woodings of Belper Bicycle Club
Derrick Woodings of Belper Bicycle Club

Belper Bicycle Club’s veteran Derrick Woodings rode the Darley Moor Circuit Race) last Saturday.

This was the third and last of a series of 3 EFGH events, with this race at the circuit near Ashbourne being 1 hour and five laps (approx. 30 miles).

The start line boasted a slightly larger field than usual, with a number of new contestants deciding to turn up and sign on.

The race opened at a cracking pace as soon as the flag was dropped at around a constant 25-30 mph rate.

After a few laps, the heavens opened, thoroughly soaking all the riders and resembling a collective ice bucket challenge.

With five laps to go, Derrick chanced his arm and stayed away for a complete lap, riding on the limit.

When a breakaway group then caught him he was able to latch on to these for the final three laps.

The race ended with a sprint for the line with National Champion Alan Kemp (Weaver Valley CC) the victor.

Derrick was rewarded for his efforts winning the G age group in what proved to be a good, hard workout despite the inclement weather for those taking part.