Brown goes from walk­ing to win­ning at Mon­sal

Team B38-un­der­pin Rac­ing rider plays down his chances at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships

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Twelve months ago Calum Brown un­shipped his chain in the Mon­sal hill-climb and had to walk un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously to the top of the course while na­tional cham­pion Adam Ken­way flew past him on his way to vic­tory.

But the Team B38-un­der­pin Rac­ing rider made amends at this year’s event on Sun­day.

He stormed to vic­tory in the Sh­ef­frec CC race in Der­byshire, beat­ing Ken­way by more than two sec­onds and com­ing within just 0.3 sec­onds of break­ing Mal­colm El­liott’s 37-year-old course record.

With hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors lin­ing the course, the 88th edi­tion of the event proved more pop­u­lar than ever as the 198 en­trants tack­led the 645-yard course in the hope of win­ning the Dick Aldridge Memo­rial Tro­phy and the £250 top prize.

“I was pleased with my ride, but there was a touch of head­wind which could’ve made all the dif­fer­ence,” said the 27-year-old Scot who lives in Sh­effield. “If there had been even a bit of tail­wind I think the record would’ve gone.

Brown added that the me­mory of last year’s un­cer­e­mo­ni­ous ride “did give me ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion”.

With Ken­way beaten, thoughts turned to his chances at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships later this month. But Brown put that goal in per­spec­tive.

“It’s good to have beaten Adam, but with the Na­tion­als be­ing twice as long I’m not read­ing too much into it,” he said. “If I’m go­ing to beat him at the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships peo­ple wouldn’t ne­c­es­sar­ily have ex­pected me to beat him at Mon­sal.”

The ti­tle race has been switched from Shel­s­ley Walsh in Worces­ter­shire to Pea Royd Lane in Stocks­bridge, near Sh­effield, and Brown added: “Shel­s­ley Walsh would’ve been a bit bet­ter for me be­cause the gra­di­ent is a bit less and I’m about a stone heav­ier than most other climbers.

“But I’m still look­ing for­ward to the Na­tion­als. It’s fairly lo­cal for me so I can get over there and ride it a cou­ple of times. If you know the hill it gives you a bit of an edge.”

Mean­while, Em­i­lie Ver­ro­ken (Maxx RT) was the fastest woman at Mon­sal this year.

“Know­ing the hill gives you an edge”

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