Jamie Lowden of Lewes Wanderers followed on from his magnificent win in the Catford Hill climb to finish in seventh place in the National Hill Climb Championship held at Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire.
This event attracts the top hill climb specialists in the country, and the heavily oversubscribed event fielded 190 riders. Hill climbing is a specialised discipline and some of the premier riders train specifically for the short hill climbing season.
The hill for this year’s championship was Pea Royd Lane, a brute of a climb which ramps up to 20% in places. Jamie reported that the atmosphere on the hill was electric, with fervent crowds braving the fierce crosswinds to urge the riders to extract the last vestige of effort from wracked bodies as they approached the elusive finishing line. Jamie was one of only a few riders who elected to ride on a fixed gear bike and reported that the last few pedal strokes were the hardest he has ever experienced, and was rewarded with a magnificent time of 3:37.5 for the 1,200 yard ascent. To come seventh in his first National event is a truly magnificent effort by Jamie and reflects incredible dedication coupled with innate talent and courage. The overall winner was Dan Evans of Team Elite in a time of 3:24.2.
Patrick Hough had a wonderful result at the third round of the Rapha Supercross event at Alexander Palace, an event which attracts the cream of Cross riders in the country.
180 riders lined up for the senior/junior event in the final round of the series and due to a very tight technical course riders were set off in 3 grids to avoid crashes on the first lap. Patrick was in a favourable starting position for the first time this season and was never out of the top ten as the race unfolded. Competitors were reduced to running up the main hill as previous races had rendered the course a mud bath. There were also plenty of crashes on the slippery technical descents and as fatigue set in to the end of the one hour race, Patrick fell victim to one of them, losing a potential podium place as he lost his third position. He recovered on the final laps to take an eventual fifth place to complete a magnificent weekend for the Wanderers.
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