Josh Teasdale (Prorace CT) and Emma Lewis (Adalta CC) were crowned the 2016 National Closed Circuit Champions after the title race at the Thruxton Motor Racing Circuit in Hampshire on Sunday.
The 2014 champion, Teasdale stormed round the 11.78-mile course in a time of 23.03, beating his nearest rival Matt Smith (Team Bottrill) by six seconds. Smith’s team mate John Dewey clocked 23.18 to complete the podium in the men’s event.
And Lewis claimed her the title with just four seconds in hand over second placed rider Kate Allen (Drag2Zero). Lewis clocked 26.08, compared to Allen’s time of 26.12. SSLL RT’s Mel Wasley was unable to go one better than her second place last year, recording 27.03 for bronze medal position.
Metaltek-Kuota rider Adam Kenway powered to victory in Chesterfield Coureurs’ climb of Beeley Moor in Derbyshire, notching up his ninth hill-climb win of the season so far and continuing his preparation for the National Championships in two weeks.
The 29-year-old clocked 8:40.2 to take the win by 20 seconds from Kieran Savage, who led Team B38-Underpin Racing to the team prize and course record as they prepare to achieve a similar feat at the national championships.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Stedman (Fusion RT) was the fastest female, clocking exactly 11 minutes to win by 23 seconds from Rebecca Goodson (Langsett Cycles).
Elsewhere, reigning national champion Richard Bussell was victorious in Stratford CC’s climb of Dovers Hill in Gloucestershire.
He covered the course at Weston sub Edge in 3.47 to win by ten seconds from Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles), while fastest female was Wrexham Road Club’s Becky Lewis with 4.37 which was around a minute quicker than Joanne Jago (Performance Cycles) in second.
The day before his performance in the Chesterfield Coureurs event, Kieran Savage (Team B38-Underpin Racing) was victorious in the Drighlington BC climb of Scotchman Lane in Batley, West Yorkshire.
He was joined on the podium by team-mates Archie Cross and Patrick Clark as Team B38 completed a clean sweep.
Meanwhile, Nikola Matthews (Boot Out Breast Cancer CC) was fastest lady, recording 4.19.7, seven seconds ahead of Natalie Hodson (Veloschils Interbike RT) who stopped the timekeeper’s clock at 4.26.9.
In East Sussex, Rowan Brackston (Imperial College CC) win the inaugural Velopace hill climb on Butts Lane in Willingdon on Saturday.
He clocked 3.38.9 for the 1.18km, while fastest woman was Joscelin Lowden (Lewes Wanderers CC) who was 12th overall with 4.35.2.
And William Bourne claimed the win in the University of Bristol climb of Belmont Hill by the slenderest of margins as good conditions led to several course records being broken.
The Handsling Racing Team man clocked 2:57.3 on the 1,380 metre course, which secured him first place by just six tenths of a second from George Fowler (NFTO Pro Cycling).
And the new holder of the women’s course record is Kate Mactear (University of Bristol CC Alumni), whose time of 3:58.9 was just over a second faster than Joanna Jago (Performance Bicycles CC) in second. Georgina Panchaud was third for Bikeshed Bianchi.