Jude Taylor (Crimson Orientation Marketing RT) and Andrew Feather (HuntBikeWheels.com) could not be separated as they shared victory in the Cleveland Wheelers CC event on Clay Bank, while Hannah Farran (Team Boompods) was a clear women’s winner.
After being beaten by Feather last weekend Taylor responded on the short climb with both riders clocking a time of two minutes and 59 seconds to share honours.
At just 1.3 kilometres long the climb rises very gently at the bottom before rising to a maximum gradient of 20 per cent in the middle and then differing in gradient going up- it has an average of 7% across the whole climb.
Feather had won seven on the bounce coming into the event and beat Taylor in the Halifax Imperial Whls HC event last weekend.
The former National Hill Climb Champion kept his unbeaten record but had to share the victory on this occasion.
Behind Tom Bell (High North Performance) led the battle for the final podium position finishing third in 3-05.
John Russell (Team Bikestop Tyrekey) was quickest junior in 3-30 just two seconds quicker than fastest juvenile Matthew Cole (Triology Manhealth).
A strongly fought veteran’s competition saw Richard King (MTS Cycle Sport) go quickest in 3-33 while Graeme Wardale (South Shields Velo Cycling Club) was first veteran 45-49 in 3-39.
Mark Snape (Fietsen Tempo) was fastest veteran 50-54 while Alain White of the host club won the 55-59 age category.
Finally, Hilton Armstrong (Fietsen Tempo) was fastest veteran aged over-60 in a time of 4-18.
After winning the same event last season Farran continued her winning streak in the women’s event taking a third victory of the season in a winning time of 4-08.0.
Megan Anderson (York Cycleworks) led the fight for second in 4-48 finishing 11 seconds quicker than Georgia Campbell (Blaydon CC).
Host club rider Holly Lincoln was quickest junior girl in 5-06 while her team-mate Kate Sanderson was fastest veteran woman clocking 5-22.
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