THE Mantle family represented Mildenhall Cycling Club in the latest round of the Mud, Sweat and Gears competition, held at Danbury Park in Essex.
Eight-year-old Colin’s group had another session of excellent training from the BC (British Cycling) coaches, followed by a three-lap race around a small, but not insignificant course.
After finishing third in the previous two rounds to the same two boys, Colin finished in a fine second place. He was in the lead on the penultimate lap and only lost out by five seconds at the end.
His father, Matthew, said: “I did the one-hour race and started in the right group this time with the top 16 vets. He led from the start and finished first by over 90 seconds.
“The course was very tricky with open grassy cyclocross-type sections, leading to bumpy rutted tracks in the woods with slippy mud, puddles and roots everywhere.
“The challenge was to keep upright on these tracks and make up time on the easier tracks and climbs. There was many a slippery moment but it was all good fun.”
He added: “Diane was support crew and initially missed not doing the race when she saw the easy tracks around the start-finish area, but was later glad after hearing stories of incidents in the wooded sections.“
Also representing the Mildenhall Club was Pete Clements, who did well to finish 22nd in the two-hour race. He is moving up the results in every race.
The Mantle family also rode the Action for Children charity bike ride around Snetterton race track. Their target was 100 miles between them in about three hours, but they achieved 113 miles.
Colin stayed with Diane to do 22 miles non-stop in just over an hour, Diane went on to do a total of 40 miles in 2 hours 41 mins, and Matthew did 51 miles in the same time.
“It was great to be on such a smooth wide track, and the weather was good too — sunny and only slightly windy,” Diane said.
“It was the best cycling event I’ve done, so far. It would make an excellent club run.”