Muckle CC hill-climb | Oct 22 | Northumberland
Promising espoir Zeb Kyffin rounded off his preparations for this weekend’s National Championships with an impressive display at the Muckle CC event on Sunday.
In terms of location, gradient and distance, the 0.9-mile Prospect Hill course in Northumberland offered a good proving ground ahead of the Nationals this Sunday, and it was Kyffin (GS Metro) that topped the field of more than 100 riders.
The 19-year-old from Newcastle battled blustery conditions and sodden leaves on the course to stop the clock in a winning time of 3:45.1.
“I couldn’t have asked for much better,” Kyffin said after the victory. “It was the biggestfield ever for a hill-climb in the North-east so it really was a good result.
“I definitely had to keep it seated until the final push while taking it easy round the corners.”
This result handed Kyffin his third hill-climb victory and sixth podium overall this year, but the GS Metro rider, who was delighted with his year in general, was coy about his chances on Sunday.
“This is my first season riding under-23s. I’ve upped my training, got a coach and won my first road race, open time trial and hill-climb, so it’s been really promising.
“But this is my first year doing hill-climbs. I just booked into all the local events to support the local clubs and I never expected to be going for the Nationals.
“I did race at Otley against Dan (Evans) and have faced some of the other big hitters. I did get close but not close enough, so I think a top 20 would be pretty dreamy,” he added.
Patrick Clark (B38/underpin Racing) was second, while Kyffin’s GS Metro team-mate Tim Wilcock completed the podium just six tenths of a second further back.
Host club rider Gemma Frost continued her impressive season with victory in the women’s event, winning by 11 seconds in a time of 5:01.1.
Frost (Muckle CC) has picked up four wins from her last five hill-climb outings and will be hopeful of a strong showing when she rides the National Championships six miles up the road this weekend.
Kyffin battled blustery conditions en route to his win in Northumberland