Evans on form for Na­tion­als

For­mer hill-climb champ rid­ing high af­ter seven con­sec­u­tive wins

Cycling Weekly - - Contents - Chris Mar­shall-bell

ormer na­tional hill­climb cham­pion Dan Evans has warned his ri­vals for this year’s ti­tle that he’s lighter than ever be­fore and climb­ing at his best ahead of this month’s Na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

The Welsh­man has won seven of the eight the hill­climbs he has rid­den this au­tumn, the most re­cent coming last Sun­day when he tri­umphed in the Ot­ley CC 2-stage. Rid­ing at 63.5kg, his light­est ever weight, the 37-year-old be­lieves that this year’s Na­tion­als course — Hed­ley-on-the-hill, in Northum­ber­land — is per­fectly suited to him.

“I was 65-66kg last year so I am a fair bit lighter. I’ve raced against the prob­a­ble favourites for the Na­tion­als — in­clud­ing Adam Ken­way and Andy Cun­ning­ham — and I’ve beaten ev­ery­one.”

This is the fourth suc­ces­sive year that Evans has emerged as the man-to-beat. But in the last two years he has fal­tered on Na­tion­als week­end — a pat­tern he in­tends to break.

“I’ve changed the way I have been train­ing, to make sure that I am fresh for ev­ery week­end,” he re­vealed.

“I’m only just start­ing my spe­cific train­ing and, hope­fully, start­ing later than usual will mean I can get to the Na­tion­als with a bit more hunger. I want to get there still hun­gry to win.”

That said, Evans is keen to stress that he isn’t putting all his eggs in one bas­ket: “If I can con­tinue to win ev­ery hill-climb I en­ter and then come up short at the Na­tion­als, I’ll still be a happy man be­cause my sea­son won’t have been a fail­ure.”

Evans: lean, mean and hun­gry for Na­tion­als glory

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