Late-sea­son round-up

Muckle CC hill-climb | Oct 22 | Northum­ber­land

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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

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