ALEX Beldon scored back to back Saturday and Sunday wins in a busy weekend of racing for Ilkley Cycling Club.

On Saturday, Beldon was the fastest junior in the Otley CC 10-mile time trial and he followed this with a convincing victory in the Under-14 race at the Cleveland Klondike GP after lapping the field and outsprinting his breakaway companion.

The Klondike GP was the first of 2019's national road race series, and in the 105-mile race, Scott Thwaites in an attacking finale got second place in the sprint for the line, narrowly beaten by Canyon’s Rory Henderson and pushing national champion Connor Swift into third place.

The Otley CC 10-mile time trial was a landmark event for Ilkley Cycling Club as in the female section, Ilkley provided five of the 35 finishers, a record which is sure to be shortlived as female cycling in Ilkley is definitely on the increase.

Fastest was Camilla Boyton with 28.11 (10th plus 2nd non-aero bike), followed by Louise Alder 35.48 (32nd), Vicki Wyn Griffith 35.50 (33rd), Sally Blake 36.18 (34th) and Liz Barrett 39.05 (35th)

Cam Blake was fastest Ilkley male with 23.18 (20th), followed by Alex Beldon 23.28 (first junior), Joe Turnbull 26.14 (with his second personal best in two weeks), Liam Rees 26.21 (54th) and Mike Blake 29.37 (77th).

In the Veterans 25-mile time trial, further north at Thirsk, David Leckenby rode to a 57-minute time, his season’s best so far.

In Mountain biking, veteran Dave Wilby, rode the Elan XC at Lowther Castle near Penrith.

After starting down the field, he made good progress throughout the event for an eventual sixth place.

Also off-road, the Dirty Reiver, is a 125-mile event on tracks round the Keilder Forest.

In cold, but dry conditions, Peter Kettleborough completed the event in nine and a half hours.

The Oakenclough 3/4 cat race is a hilly road race in the Bowland area. In a race of many attacks, Dan Wilkinson, whose strengths are well suited to the Bowland hills, came home in 14th place.