Joe Agnew (Gala CC) took victory by a fraction of a second in the Edinburgh RC hill climb on the Fa’side Castle Climb, while Abi Plowman (Kendal Cycle Club) won the women’s event.
Agnew, aged 23, won his first ever open time trial battling against tough conditions to post a time of four minutes and 49 seconds, just fractions of a second quicker than host club rider Cameron Ritchie.
The Fa’side Castle Climb saw riders start at the junction of the A6094 near Wallyford for the climb which is 1.25 miles in length with an average gradient of 3.6% in gradient.
Starting on a shallow gradient the climb rises steeply at the 0.6-kilometre mark with a maximum of 16.9% on the ramp before easing again at 1.3-kilometres with a shallow gradient past Fa’side Castle to the finish.
Agnew was taking part in his first hill climb of the season and took victory in misty conditions.
Edinburgh Road Club rider Ritchie, finished third in the Bute Wheelers event on the Serpentine last month, was cruelly denied his first ever open victory finishing fractions of a second down and also clocking 4-49.
Fellow host club rider Alan Dean completed the podium positions taking third overall on a good day for Edinburgh RC finishing 10 seconds back in 4-59.
Quickest veteran was Adam Syme (Musselburgh RCC) on his first open time trial event posting a time of 5-17 and beating team-mate Callum Anderson by three seconds.
Meanwhile, Theo Cunningham (Edinburgh Road Club) was fastest juvenile completing the course in a time of 5-50.
Taking part In her first open time trial Plowman, aged 22, started with a victory clocking a time of 5-53.0.
Sara De Pablo Torres (Edinburgh Road Club) was the only other women’s competitor posting a time of 6-49 in second place.
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