Mon­sal Hill-climb

Sh­ef­frec CC Hill-climb | Oct 1 | Der­byshire

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eign­ing na­tional hill-climb cham­pion Adam Ken­way sent out a mes­sage to those in­tent on tak­ing his ti­tle when he took vic­tory in the pres­ti­gious Mon­sal Head hill-climb, while Re­becca Good­son (Velo Schils In­ter­bike RT) won the women’s event.

Ken­way, 30 and from Belper, Der­byshire, has been un­der pres­sure in re­cent weeks hav­ing been beaten on five oc­ca­sions so far this sea­son.

But the Raleigh-gac rider hit form on the 617-me­tre Peak District climb, which av­er­ages 10 per cent, clock­ing a win­ning time of one minute and 19 sec­onds.

Aim­ing high

A record en­try of 190 rid­ers took part in the 87th edi­tion of the event with each rider aim­ing for Mal­colm El­liott’s 1981 course record of 1:14.2.

Joey Walker (Team Wig­gins) fin­ished sec­ond on this oc­ca­sion, two sec­onds be­hind and just twotenths faster than Andy Ni­chols (B38-un­der­pin Rac­ing) in third.

Calm be­fore the storm

“When I recced the course yes­ter­day the con­di­tions were per­fect with no leaves on the course and a su­per-smooth sur­face,” said Ken­way. “But due to the wind and rain there were leaves on the bot­tom half of the course and when I set off the back wheel was spin­ning.

“I just calmed down at the be­gin­ning and then when the leaves cleared in the top half I gave it ev­ery­thing.

“The Mon­sal hill-climb and the Na­tion­als are my two big goals — there is al­ways good com­pe­ti­tion for this one.”

Good­son, from Sh­effield, also showed her cre­den­tials for the na­tional ti­tle by tak­ing vic­tory in the women’s event in em­phatic style.

Her time of 1:47.8 was seven sec­onds faster than Em­i­lie Ver­ro­ken (Maxx RT), with El­iz­a­beth Banks (Storey Rac­ing) a fur­ther four sec­onds back.

Share the pain

“It was over much quicker than I re­mem­bered, and the crowds were amaz­ing which re­ally made the pain worth it,” said Good­son.

“It was a good field so I ex­pected to podium but didn’t think I would win it. All I was fo­cus­ing on was mak­ing the legs turn around and the fin­ish line.

“I usu­ally go bet­ter on the longer climbs so hope­fully I will go bet­ter in the Na­tion­als than Mon­sal.”

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