Hill-climb round-up

Worces­ter St Johns CC & Wyre For­est CC hill-climb & cy­clo-cross | Oct 1 | Worcs

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It’s rare that cy­clo-cross rid­ers com­pete at the same venue as hill-climbers de­spite their sea­sons co­in­cid­ing — but that’s ex­actly what hap­pened at Shelsey Walsh near Worces­ter on Sun­day.

The site is leg­endary as the world’s old­est motor rac­ing venue but is fast be­com­ing a sta­ple on both the cy­clo-cross and hill-climb­ing cal­en­dars, with the Na­tional Hill­climb Championships set to be held on the 1,000-yard climb next sea­son.

In the morn­ing’s hill­climb, Jonathan Mor­ris (Fish­face Cy­cles RT) clinched the Sun­ny­cam Cup as fastest rider up the climb with an av­er­age gra­di­ent of 11 per cent, clock­ing a win­ning time of 2.54.

“It was tough at the top as there was a big head­wind so it was just a case of try­ing to get over the line which seemed to be get­ting fur­ther and fur­ther away,” said Mor­ris, 25 and from Derby.

“It was quite a nice climb once I got into it and I just put the power down in the first sec­tion. But the fin­ish­ing straight was into a head­wind, and I didn’t re­alise how far it was away.”

He beat Cameron Bid­dle (Rivet Rac­ing) into sec­ond by 11 sec­onds, while ju­nior Ol­lie Mor­gan (Worces­ter St Johns CC) took third in 3.09.

Bid­dle, 19 and from Broms­grove, was also part of a lead­ing three­man group in the se­nior cy­clo-cross which took place on the fields next to the hill-climb course.

The de­mand­ing ter­rain even­tu­ally told on Bid­dle who slipped back to third on the fi­nal lap while Ross Harn­den (Malvern Cy­cle Sport) took vic­tory ahead of

ju­nior Mar­cus Holmes (Lich­field City CC).

“I missed the grid­ding so started at the back,” said Harn­den. “The first few laps I worked my way through the field be­fore sit­ting in for the ma­jor­ity of the race.

“I’m a moun­tain bike rider so the more hilly races suit me and I felt com­fort­able on the course, so I just waited to at­tack on the last climb of the race.”

It was a good day for the Harn­den fam­ily: ris­ing star 16-year-old Har­riet Harn­den (T Mo Rac­ing) clinched the women’s vic­tory by over two min­utes, rid­ing away from her com­pe­ti­tion in the open­ing lap.

Ross Harn­den (l) tri­umphed on a test­ing cir­cuit

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