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19/08/2014 - DERRICK WOODINGS' DARLEY MOOR No 1 BLOG

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Darley Moor Circuit Race August 16th. 2014

Promoted by Andy Donaldson Kingsnorth International

EFGH event (1 hour + 3 laps) approx. 25 miles.

Many thanks to Andy Donaldson and his team,  this superbly surfaced circuit is one of my favourite venues, having now been surfaced with smooth tarmac it’s like riding on those wonderful  French roads. It has to be tried to be appreciated, so to all out there come and test it at one of the next events  being run by Andy on the 30th of this month and 6th. Sept.

Being promised a fine day by the meteorological office I was a little disappointed by overcast and windy weather, although it’s always windy up here, but at least it was dry. The wind direction was  in the usual westerly direction making the finishing straight a mainly helpful crosswind, the second  leg a tailwind and the third damn hard.

There was a good field of just under 30 riders which is small for the width of the road on this circuit, but extremely safe.  The stars out today were Mick Allen, Malc Fraser, Richard Booth, team boss Mick Ives and a surprise entry on the day world track sprint champion Geoff Cooke. Of course there were the usual hard men too numerous to mention so a good fast race was on the cards. I was pleased to welcome to the race two of my Belper colleagues Martin Harris and Malcom Shakespeare both riding their first race ever. These two guys came to the Belper BC club runs supervised by Bill Cotton and myself just over a year ago and have made amazing progress. It was Bill who suggested they try out a race and this circuit is ideal for that, he also advised them to ride out of age category, which was a wise decision.

The race started relatively steadily for once.  There were the usual attempts to form an escape but nothing was allowed to stay away until after 5 laps team mate Mick Allen went clear with Richard Booth quickly followed by Malc Fraser. These three dangled off the front just out of reach for a few laps and there were a few attempts to get across by Terry Meecham Dave Woods and Barry Jones but they were not successful although Terry and another rider did stay clear until the finish. I left it too late to attempt a solo crossing, both Mick Ives and I were certainly not towing the bunch up to them, so decided to wait for the last three laps to make my big effort. I must say that I took advantage of Belper man Martin Harris using him as a super domestique to close down any dangerous moves to protect Team rider Mick Allen, a task he admirably performed.

When three to go was signalled I moved up to the front getting ready and on the tailwind section of the last lap took off from halfway down the bunch to gain a gap which held right up to the chicanes before the finish, inevitably ace sprinter Dave Gretton came past closely followed by Geoff Cooke. So I ended up third G.  The face itself was won by Malc Fraser (E cat) from Mick Allen and Richard Booth (F cats). For once this year I felt good and this circuit is ideal training for the track, fast and furious with no hills.

 

I’m surprised by the low fields this event attracts as it one of the best of its type in the country. So come on all you potential winners support Andy at the next two races.

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