Lucy Lee and Josh Coyne powered to victories on Hinton Hill near Pucklechurch on Saturday afternoon at Severn Road Club’s event in Gloucestershire.
24-year-old Coyne (BPM Coaching) retained the title with a time of 1-50.5 having won on the same course in 2018, this time being just over five seconds quicker than last year. But he was still 2.7 seconds off the course record set in 2011 by Rob Gough.
Meanwhile, 21-year-old Lucy Lee (VC Melyd) clocked 2-30.3 to win the women’s title with the fastest time in at least five years, and it may also be a new women’s course record subject to checking.
Coyne’s time gave him the win on the day by 3.1 seconds from espoir Cameron Biddle (Morvelo Basso).
Glyndwr Griffiths (73 Degrees Bicycles) was third overall and first over-40 veteran, while further down the result Steve Thomas (Bristol RC) was fastest over-50 veteran, 13th overall with 2-11.0.
In-form Lee from Bath was 6.1 seconds quicker than her nearest rival on the day in Nicole Coates (Performance Cycles), while third fastest female was Emily Slavin (Avid Sport) with 2-38.4.
Conditions for the event were generally good with fairly still winds through the trees, although some riders reported a slight headwind in the more exposed parts of the course near the top.
Coyne, who went on to place fourth in the tough Sheffrec CC climb of Monsal the following day, rides the University of Bristol CC climb on Belmont Hill next Saturday, followed ton Sunday by the City Cycle Couriers event on Jennycliffe Lane in Devon.
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