Feather f lys up Belper hill-climb
Bath man empties the tank in Ambergate
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.