Na­tional 10 winner to slim down for Hill-climb Champs

Mid­lan­der de­fends his Na­tional 10 ti­tle

Cycling Weekly - - News - Vern Pitt

ational 10-mile time trial cham­pion Richard Bus­sell (Ae­ro­coach) has said he will need to lose 5kg if he is to suc­cess­fully de­fend his na­tional hill-climb ti­tle in Oc­to­ber.

Bus­sell edged out James Gullen (Pedal Heaven) by just four sec­onds to de­fend his Na­tional 10-mile ti­tle on a rolling course in Hamp­shire on Sun­day.

He is also the cur­rent reign­ing na­tional hill-climb cham­pion fol­low­ing a victory on the 0.9mile Jackson Bridge climb near Holm­firth in West York­shire last Oc­to­ber.

On that oc­ca­sion he got his weight down from 76kg to 70kg, though he wasn’t com­pletely happy with the re­sult. “I just looked ill to be hon­est,” he said. “It did mean I could just eat af­ter­wards.”

This year’s target should be slightly eas­ier as he is start­ing from just 75kg. “If you’ve got the fit­ness you don’t need to train that much dif­fer­ent, just lose the weight,” he said. “The ad­van­tage I’ve got over other hill-climbers is that they are al­ready light, so they’ve got less to gain. If I can lose the weight I can make the big­gest gains.

“I’ll take it easy af­ter the TT this week, just nice so­cial rides.”

This year’s Na­tional Hill-climb Cham­pi­onships takes place in Mat­lock in Der­byshire on Oc­to­ber 30. The course, which runs up Bank Road through the cen­tre of the town, is shorter than last year’s course at 0.6 miles and av­er­ages around 11 per cent, much like last year’s Jackson Bridge climb.

Steep then steady

How­ever, while Jackson Bridge is a se­ries of steep ramps the Mat­lock climb is more con­sis­tently steep through the first half be­fore flat­ten­ing off in the later stages — a pro­file that may al­low pow­er­ful but heav­ier riders to claw back time lost on the lower slopes.

Bus­sell will also look to build strength and con­di­tion­ing over the winter af­ter pick­ing up a small in­jury over the course of this year’s time tri­alling cam­paign in which he placed sec­ond in the Na­tional 25-mile event and in the Na­tional 50-mile time trial. He pledged to re­turn to de­fend his Na­tional 10mile ti­tle next year.

For full Na­tional 10 cov­er­age see page 68

“If I can lose weight, I can make the big­gest gains”

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