Weekend Preview, Oct 26-27 2019

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The National Hill Climb Championship is staged by Mid-Devon CC on the classic Haytor climb on Sunday, marking the end of the season in style as the country’s top climbers do battle.

Defending champions Fiona Burnie (GS Metro) and Andrew Feather (Champion System UK) return to ride again, while there are plenty of other top class riders capable of taking the crown.

Rebecca Richardson

Rebecca Richardson (Brother.UK-Fusion) has been in great form with a string of victories in recent weeks, while pro road rider Hayley Simmonds (AeroCoach) is also down to ride along with 51 other women.

The men’s field is also stacked with quality riders, and the battle for a place on the podium looks to be one of the most open for several years.

Feather is last man off as reigning champion, but other names who could challenge him for the win include Welsh champion Ed Laverack (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling), former national champs Dan Evans (ASSOS Equipe UK), Richard Bussell (AeroCoach) and Adam Kenway (Vitus Pro Cycling) as well as in-form Calum Brown (Cycles in Motion).

The event near Bovey Tracey begins with the juniors at 8am, while the first women go off at 9am and the men take to the road at 10am with Feather being the last man off at 1pm.

Elsewhere, Sussex Nomads are hosting a climb on Ditchling Beacon, with over 100 riders tackling the 1,576-yard climb near Westmeston.

Ed Laverack

While many riders are at the National Championships there are some strong riders tackling the Sussex Nomads event too, with Bill Bell (Bigfoot CC) the last of the men to go, while most of the women are off last and Olivia Webb (Eastbourne Rovers CC) is the final rider to tackle the hill.

In Oxfordshire, Oxford University CC stage a 1.3-mile climb on part of Beacon Hill.

And Saturday sees the VTTA East Anglian hold a late season 25-mile time trial on the E2 course near Newmarket in Cambridgeshire.

Full startsheets from these and other events are available on the CTT website. Remember to keep checking back to the CTT website over the weekend for reports and results.

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