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Punctured tyre proves costly for Newark cyclist in Melton CICLI Classic Race

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Newark cyclist Isabel Darvill suffered a puncture in the sixth Women’s Melton CICLI Classic Race on Sunday.

Racing for the Pro-noctis/Rotor/RedChilliBikes/Heidi Kjeldsen elite women’s cycling team, she eventually finished 22nd ­— the puncture costing her several places.

Darvill’s tyre punctured at the second to last sector, just before the last QOM prime and the finish.

She did her best to chase through the field and had to push hard to get back on to the leading group.

She caught up to her team-mates, who would finish within sight of each other.

Isabel Darvill racing at Melton last weekend, photos supplied by Frank Snyder.
Isabel Darvill racing at Melton last weekend, photos supplied by Frank Snyder.

Race winner was Josie Nelson, of the Norwegian-based UCI Continental Professional Team, Coop-Hitech Products, emulating her sister, Emily, who won the event in 2019.

Jo Tindley was the best of Darvill’s team-mates, finishing in 14th place followed by Isabel, Lucy Ellmore in 28th, Bexy Dew 30th, Poppy Thompson 33rd and Amy Gornall 34th.

All the Pro-noctis/Rotor/RedChilliBikes/Heidi Kjeldsen elite women’s cycling team finished in the main front group of 34 riders with none of their riders left behind.

The event took a noticeable toll on the cyclists and their equipment.

Out of 106 starters, only 58 managed to finish after a very difficult race.

Isabel Darvill racing last weekend.
Isabel Darvill racing last weekend.

Southwell’s Ian Russell, racing for the Moda RT, had a busy end-of-week and weekend schedule with three races.

On Thursday, he rode the British Masters Mallory Park Race.

The field consisted of all the over-40 age group riders and Ian was able to finish fourth.

On Saturday, he rode the Ashfield Road Club Darley Moor series six and finished sixth in the Regional Masters E+ Race.

The next day, he took part in the third and fourth category race at the Matlock Cycling Club’s Darley Moor Circuit Event round three ­— and finished fourth.

His young son Stanley, racing for Newark Castle Cycling Club, finished ninth in the under-12s mixed boys/girls race at same event.

This week will see Newark Castle Cycling Club participating in an evening road bike time trial at Flawborough.

The National Road Race Championships in Scotland at the weekend will see Isabel Darvill and Rebecca Richards taking part in the women’s events.

Jack Levick will race the RTTC National 50-mile Time Trial Championships promoted by Hartlepool Cycling Club this Sunday.

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