Evans on form for Nationals
Former hill-climb champ riding high after seven consecutive wins
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