Nicole Coates topped the women’s standings as Andrew Feather set a new course record on way to victory in Chippenham & District Wheelers’ hill-climb event on Bowden Hill in Lacock on Saturday.
Feather (Champion System UK) – the reigning national hill-climb champion – once again showed good form heading into the defence of his title in a few weeks’ time, by setting a new course record on the UH80 course.
Since his victory Feather has won all but one of his events on record and this one makes it five in six events this season.
He clocked a blistering time of 4-19.81 to slash the old record by seven seconds, previously set by Richard Gildea last year.
Cameron Biddle (Morvelo Basso RT) finished second but was 20 seconds off pace, finishing in 4-39.78. In third place, Morgan Curle (Rogue Racing) was only a further two seconds behind in 4-41.13.
Nicole Coates (Performance Cycles CC) rediscovered the top step of the podium after having to settle for second spot in her last open event.
Coates had won her previous two events this year before her last outing but a time of 5-38.89 saw her claim her hat-trick win.
Her time bested Lucy Lee’s (VC Melyd) 5-46.39 who eventually held on for second spot, while Emily Slavin (Avid Sport) was third in 5-59.9.
In other categories, Jacques Coates (Cycle Team OnForm) was fastest junior with a time of 4-52.50 while Glyndwr Griffiths (73 Degrees Bicycles) was quickest veteran, finishing fifth overall in 4-46.44.
* All reports are copyright of Cycling Time Trials/Snowdon Sports. Not to be used without permission. This report by Jack Cudworth.