Feather f lys up Belper hill-climb

Bath man emp­ties the tank in Am­ber­gate

Cycling Weekly - - NEWS -

An­drew Feather (BCR Rac­ing) took a con­vinc­ing vic­tory in the Belper BC hill-climb in Am­ber­gate, Der­byshire, on Satur­day as he com­pleted his prepa­ra­tions for the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships on Sun­day.

The 33-year-old from Bath made his trip to Holly Lane worth­while, cross­ing the line 6.1 sec­onds ahead of his near­est ri­val Joseph Clark (Cy­cling Sh­effield-gi­ant) to se­cure win num­ber 10 for the sea­son.

Mean­while 2016 na­tional cham­pion Adam Ken­way (Vi­tus Pro Cy­cling) had to set­tle for third af­ter a flat tyre just be­fore the fin­ish; he also broke a spoke on a bor­rowed wheel as he flew up the hill.

Ken­way then went on to win the fol­low­ing day’s Ch­ester­field Coureurs climb on Bee­ley Moor, where he was four sec­onds ahead of Ilk­ley CC’S Andy Cun­ning­ham.

Bee­ston CC’S Yas­min Marks took the win in the women’s cat­e­gory in the Belper BC event, her sec­ond vic­tory in as many weeks af­ter pow­er­ing up the Pal­ter­ton climb used in the Bolsover and Dis­trict CC event.

Her time of 4.55 set a new women’s course record for the one-mile Holly Lane climb.

While Joseph Clark had to set­tle for sec­ond in the Belper BC climb, he went on to win over­all at the Mat­lock CC two-stage event on Sun­day — but even then, he didn’t have it all his own way.

He clocked 3.21.9 for the morn­ing’s climb up the 0.8 miles of Riber, but was beaten into sec­ond on the af­ter­noon’s climb up Bank Road in the town, with Leon Wright (Race Hub) tak­ing the win.

And in Som­er­set, Bris­tol-based Sam Lind­say (73 De­grees CC) was vic­to­ri­ous in the Team Tor 2000 climb of West Close Hill in Priddy, while Joe Norledge (Bris­tol South CC) was around 14 sec­onds back in sec­ond.

But on Sun­day Lind­say was beaten in the Bris­tol South CC event on the longer two-mile climb of Bur­ring­ton Combe, with Cameron Bid­dle’s time of 6.57.9 be­ing two sec­onds bet­ter.

And in York­shire, Kieran Sav­age (Cy­cling Sh­effield-gi­ant) con­tin­ued his prepa­ra­tions for the ti­tle race this Sun­day with two wins from three events last week­end. The 21-year-old was vic­to­ri­ous in the Drigh­ling­ton BC event at Bat­ley on Satur­day and York­shire RC race on Cragg Vale on Sun­day, as well as sec­ond in the nearby Hud­der­s­field RC event that morn­ing.

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