Road racing is mass start racing, usually on roads but often (and for under 16s always) on closed circuits built for cycling or motor racing. A number of club members compete locally and nationally. Our nearest closed circuit is Darley Moor, South of Ashbourne, but there are a number of open road and closed circuit races across the region which can be found on the British Cycling website which has a calendar of road events both regionally and nationally. The club promotes events at Darley Moor. Matlock CC is an active club in the local road racing scene for adults and youth. and we promote races, run coaching sessions and have club training rides. In recent years we have had riders from fourth through to first category and a growing number of over 40s competing in veterans racing. New riders are always welcome whether they are strong experienced racers or newcomers to the sport. We promote youngsters racing through our 'Round The Pond' series and circuit racing at Darley Moor alongside youth coaching sessions to give them the essential skills for racing. See our guide to Road Racing here
Matlock CC run a popular club events series between February and October. A full list of the club events for the year is shown on the event calendar and on the time trial web page http://www.matlockcctimetrials.co.uk/
Time trials are open to riders who are twelve years or older. Riders between the age of 12 and 18 need to fill in a parental consent form with their parent’s signature giving them permission to race. There are two classes of time trial - club and open. Club races are open to all club members. Simply turn up at the start, and sign your name on the list of starters. The time keeper will hand out a number to each rider which is pinned to your back. The number is your start time so you need to be at the start line before that time. At the start someone will hold your bike upright on the start line so you can have your feet in the pedals, ready for the off, the timekeeper counts you down and away you go. Club events cost £5 per ride to cover levies payable to the CTT, but regular riders can purchase a season ticket to cover all the club time trials. Please note that if you are riding in our events you must use a working front and rear light in accordance with the updated CTT regulations. U18s must wear a helmet in accordance with CTT regulations.
Open time trials are listed on the Cycling Time Trials website http://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/ and are open to riders from any club. Open events usually cost around seven or eight pounds and have to be pre-entered at least two weeks in advance (six weeks for national events). Online entry and entry forms are available from the Cycling Time Trials website.
A list of the Matlock CC promoted Open time trial events is here
The club has a rich cyclo-cross history, and is well represented in the local Forme Notts and Derby Cyclocross league (NDCXL) and also in the National Trophy competitions. Riders of all abilities and ages are welcome at the NDCXL races, and can be ridden on a mountain bike if you haven't got a cyclocross bike. Most venues are within easy driving distance of Matlock. There are separate age category races for young riders giving them a chance to try bike racing in a safe environment and making cyclo-cross a family day out. For more information about events and how to enter NDCXL go to the website here: http://ndcxl.org.uk/
You can also find out more in our beginner's guide to cyclocross here
Mountain Bike Racing
As with cyclo-cross racing, the club has an illustrious number of former National mountain bike racers and we are well represented at local and national competitions. Full details of local and national events are shown on the British Cycling website and additionally at xcracer.com. A popular local series is the Midlands XC Series. There are details of our MTB racing programme in the club monthly newsletter. There are also the weekly Saturday Mountain Bike rides here
You can find out more in our beginner's guide to track here
Derby Arena offer Taster sessions for beginners leading to a 2 stage Accreditation process. This then allows you to access the Arena SQT sessions.
There are three Track Leagues which run at the Arena:
Tuesday Evenings in Spring / Autumn – British Cycling Track League
Alternate Thursday Evenings in Spring / Autumn – British Cycling Youth Track League
Alternate Thursday Evenings – League Veteran Cyclist (LVRC) Track League