ORGANISERS were delighted when 31 cyclists – many of them first-time racers – lined up for the first-ever women's race organised by Matlock Cycling Club.
The category three/four race at the Darley Moor circuit, near Ashbourne, followed on from a recent road race coaching session organised by the club's Elisa McDonagh, which saw 40 women take part.
Race organisers Chris Mottram and Roy Osment said: "We were delighted with the number of entrants and really pleased to have added a women's class to the club's racing schedule.
Local online female cycling clothing company Cicla sponsored both events.
Director Louise van Adrichem said: "It was amazing to see 31 women take to the circuit. It shows how important grassroots cycling is.
"The demand is there, all it takes is a club to add a race to their schedule and women will turn up."
Further races are planned by the Matlock club in August and September, although Ashfield Road Club are also hosting women's only races at the circuit in June and July.
The race was won by Natasha Morrison, with Melissa Denman second and Rosemary Homer third.
● In the picture, eventual winner Natasha Morrison is second left.