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Nick Spencer (Blumilk.com) and Lucy Lee (VC Melyd) were fastest male and female riders respectively as Cestria CC staged their annual climb of Peth Bank near Lanchester in County Durham.
The tough 1,500-metre climb attracted some of the area’s top riders, and there were some impressive times despite wet and slippery conditions on the course.
Spencer clocked 4:18.5 to take the overall win by 3-5 seconds from Colin Atkinson (Muckle CC), while Graeme Wardale (Team Bikestop Tyrekey) was third, another 3.4 seconds back.
And in the women’s category victory went to in-form Lucy Lee, the 21-year-old VC Melyd rider who lives in Bath. She clocked 5:16.7 to take the women’s win by 7.3 seconds from Sarah Wilkinson (Blaydon CC) while third spot on the female podium went to Hannah Farran (Team Boompods).
Early rain eased before the start at 10am, but it had left the course slippery and wet which made climbing tough as riders struggled to get the power down without wheels spinning.
While the top three riders were all veterans, fourth was a junior with Archie Irving (Beacon Wheelers) covering the course in an impressive 4:31.4.
Spencer’s ride was only his third open event on record for 2019, having previously placed fifth in the North Tyneside Riders climb of Winter’s Gibbet and eighth in GS Metro’s climb of Hedley on the Hill.
His last time on the Peth Bank climb in an open event was back in 2017, when he was around 19 seconds slower than today and eleventh!
Spencer was also due to ride Sunday’s Sunderland Clarion hill-climb of Silverhills, and has also entered events next month being organised by Houghton CC and Muckle CC on Quarrington Hill and Prospect Hill at Corbridge.
Lee’s winning performance comes after she was second in the previous weekend’s Clwb Beicio Egni climb of the Nant Gwynant Pass in North Wales. She was victorious in the Weaver Valley CC Cat and Fiddle climb as well as second again in the Beacon Wheelers event on Great Dun Fell.
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Pos Name Club Gender Cat Time
1 Nick Spencer Blumilk.Com Male Vet 4:18.5
2 Colin Atkinson Muckle Cycle Club Male Vet 4:22.0
3 Graeme Wardale Team Bikestop Tyrekey Male Vet 4:25.4
4 Archie Irving Beacon Wheelers Male Junior 4:31.4
5 Lee Ager Blaydon CC Male Senior 4:33.9
6 Craig Hodgson Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 4:42.9
7 Adam Greenwood Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 4:45.0
8 Graeme Kirton South Shields Velo Cycling Club Male Vet 4:46.7
9 Wilson-Jay Brown PM Racing UK Male Senior 4:54.1
10 Clive Allan Allen Valley Velo Male Senior 4:59.0
11 Joe Stringer Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 5:02.7
12 Anthony Burrell Houghton CC Male Vet 5:08.5
13 Noel Stoddart Blaydon CC Male Vet 5:10.2
14 Michael Todd Derwentside CC Male Senior 5:14.7
14 Sam Leng AIMS Cycling Male Senior 5:14.7
16 Lucy Lee Velo Club Melyd Female Espoir 5:16.7
17 Daniel Thompson North Tyneside Riders CC Male Senior 5:19.5
18 Ian Gaskins Bishop Auckland CC Male Vet 5:21.9
19 Sarah Wilkinson Blaydon CC Female Vet 5:24.0
20 Brendan Mcmillan Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service CC Male Senior 5:26.3
21 Colin Blacklock Muckle Cycle Club Male Vet 5:28.4
22 James Hadfield Blaydon CC Male Senior 5:29.8
23 Hannah Farran Team Boompods Female Senior 5:31.1
24 Barry Fordham Cestria C.C. Male Vet 5:32.3
25 David Goodwin Newcastle Cheviot CC Male Vet 5:37.6
26 Stephen Mcallister Cestria C.C. Male Vet 5:38.6
27 Ian Clark Backyard Bootleggers Male Espoir 5:44.6
28 Kenny Mclellan Cestria C.C. Male Vet 5:55.1
29 Tim Nichol Blaydon CC Male Senior 5:55.5
30 Robert Knibbs Richmond CC Male Senior 6:10.2
31 Ian Dodds Cestria C.C. Male Vet 6:10.8
32 Donna Mcbride Cestria C.C. Female Vet 6:13.0
33 Sam Atkinson Cestria C.C. Male Senior 6:16.8
34 Angela Mcgurk Blaydon CC Female Senior 6:32.3
35 George Parker-Fuller Cestria C.C. Male Vet 7:23.0
36 Joe Mcmillan Blaydon CC Male Vet 7:29.2
Samuel Gray Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior APOL
Ben Wilkinson Muckle Cycle Club Male Espoir APOL
Stuart Matthews Infinity Cycles - Cube Store Cycling Team Male Senior APOL
Marcus Cram Blaydon CC Male Senior APOL
Scott Mccance Derwentside CC Male Vet DNS
Tom Townsend ASSOS Equipe UK Male Espoir DNS