Cameron Biddle (Vredestein Basso) and Illi Gardner (CAMS-Tifosi) stormed to the men’s and women’s victory on the classic Widecombe Hill Climb event hosted by Mid-Devon CC.
The classic hill climb in Dartmoor rises away from the village of Widecombe and despite only being 1.3 kilometres in length has an average gradient of 12 per cent.
The climb starts gently rising at a steady gradient which rises up to 22% on the straight piece of road upwards.
Chris Boardman holds the course record of four minutes and 10.53 seconds set in the 1990 National Hill Climb Championships.
Under-23 rider Biddle finished second in the Solihull CC two-stage Hill Climb, Somerset HC and Dursley RC HC events but went one better on this occasion.
His winning time of four minutes and 52.3 seconds was comfortably the fastest of the day by 37 seconds.
Josh Coyne (Bpm Coaching) led the charge for second clocking 5-29.1 which was just over two seconds quicker than leading veteran Peter Norris (Cycle Sport South Hams) who finished in 5-31.8.
Ben Turner (Wellington Wheelers CC) finished second veteran in 5-53.3 ahead of Geoff Ware (Minehead CC) who took third in the category.
Host club rider Callum Start (Mid Devon CC) was quickest junior in 5-35.9 which was good enough for fifth overall one place ahead of fastest juvenile Joseph Wright (Team Zoyland) who clocked 5-39.9.
Under-23 rider Gardner took victory in her first women’s open hill climb of the season with a time of 5-43.9 which placed her seventh overall.
Gardner’s team-mate Natalie Grinczer finished second in 6-19.5 while Elizabeth Sanders (Avid Sport) finished third clocking 6-36.2.
Quickest junior girl was Hannah Rainger (Propello) in 7-31.9 and Vivienne Tomlin (CC London) was fastest veteran woman setting a time of 8-16.4.
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