PREVIEWS: October 16-17

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Welsh honours will be on the line this weekend when the Welsh Hill Climb Championships take place, one of many events taking place across the weekend.

Taking place on the Tumble the 4.7-kilometre climb starts from Govilon with an average gradient of 8% which has steeper sections of 15% towards the bottom.

Veteran Dan Evans (ASSOS Speed Club UK) starts as last man having won the Weaver Valley CC hill climb earlier this month and placing fourth on Bunsall Cob.

Ben Jones (Cycle Specific) takes on his first open hill climb after clinching three podium positions this season while Tomos Pattinson (Halesowen A&CC) could also challenge.

Rebecca Richardson (Team Brother UK) will start last woman after winning on the iconic Mam Nick hill climb last season and faces veteran Jessica Evans (ASSOS Speed Club UK) amongst others.

A host of the country’s best hill climbers will be heading to the north-west of Sunday to compete on Ramsbottom Rake.

Despite being only 875 metres long the Rake has a maximum gradient of 22% with two steep sections on the climb which has an average gradient of 12%.

Andrew Feather

Tom Bell (High North Performance) is the man to beat having overcome National Hill Climb Champion Andrew Feather last weekend in the Otley two-stage.

National Hill Climb Champion Andrew Feather (HuntBikeWheels.Com) will be honing his form in Sunday’s Chew Valley CC event on the Smitham Chimney Hill Climb.

Feather holds the course record of 4-56.2 set in 2018 on the climb which is 1.2 miles in length with an average gradient of 7.4%.

Morgan Curle (Rogue Racing) will be amongst those looking to provide a challenge to Feather having won three hill climb events from four riders so far this season.

Starting last in the women’s field is Emily Slavin (Avid Sport) who will face the challenge of Emily Kate Walton (Bristol South Cycling Club) amongst others.

Feather will also be in action on Saturday morning in the East Sussex CA hill climb on Firle Bostal.

Sam Clark (TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling P/B Trainsharp) will be challenging Feather along with his HuntBikeWheels.Com team-mate Richard Cartland.

Madeleine Heywood (Team Watto) has had a good hill climb campaign and starts as last woman.

For the second week running the Manchester & District TTA 10 returns on Saturday afternoon with David Griffiths (Oswestry Paragon CC) starting as last man with Alastair Ribbands (Manchester Wheelers) one of his challengers.

Veteran Alison Stephenson (Congleton CC) starts as last woman and amongst her competition is under-23 rider Niamh Coulter (East Lancashire RC).

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