No less than four course records were broken at the VC Cumbria hill climb which took place on the 1.75-mile Whinlatter Pass in Braithwaite with Tom Bell and Henrietta Colborne both celebrating victory.
Tom Bell set a new men’s course record as he powered to the quickest time to take top spot. The High North Performance rider followed up his top placing at the Ilkeston CC hill climb at the beginning of September with another outstanding performance, stopping the clock at 6.28 to knock eight seconds off Dan Evans’ record of 6.36 set last year.
Jonathan Morris of AeroCoach and Ben Granger of CCCR shared second place with both riders clocking a time of 6.52.
The fastest female on the day was Henrietta Colborne of Biehler Krush Pro Cycling and she set a new record for the women with a time of 8.28, slicing a huge chunk off the previous best effort of 8.54.8 by Jessica Evans.
The second fastest woman was Sammie Stuart of Crimson Orientation Marketing RT in 9.09, just beating third-placed Gemma Sargent of Jadan CycleSpace-Vive Le Velo by three seconds.
On a bright day with dry but cool conditions, two new junior records were also set with John Roberts of Innovation Racing’s 7.20 knocking more than a minute off Jack Rutland’s 8.30 benchmark.
Racing Metro 15’s Rebecca Wren also broke the girl’s junior record by a huge margin with her time of 11.17smashing the previous best set by Jasmine Dean’s 13.02.
In the veteran category, it was Richard Helm (Barrow Central Wheels) with a 7.58 and Gemma Sargent (Jadan CycleSpace-Vive Le Velo) in 9.12 taking the honours.
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