Professional road and track cyclist Richard Handley won the Leigh Premier RC hill climb in Rivington near Bolton on Saturday, taking victory by a minute.
The One Pro Cycling man, who is from Wigan, completed at a blistering pace and completed in 6.53.7.
The course, which was previously just over three kilometres, has had to be shortened due to safety concerns with the route taking in a busy, tight junction. Increased traffic means that it has been reduced slightly and is now around 2.7 kilometres.
This distance has stood for three years now and Handley’s incredible ride saw him set what is believed to be a new course record.
Conditions were good on the day and although the turnout was slightly below average, there was a fantastic atmosphere and organisers are hoping to welcome more competitors next year.
Mark Tickle did the organising club proud with the Leigh Premier RC man home in 7.53.9 to claim second spot. Thomas Hanlon of Harry Middleton CC was third in 7.56.7.
Tim Webster of Wakefield Tri Club was fastest veteran with his time of 8.24.2 enough to claim fourth overall.
Charlotte Gorman of Bury Clarion CC was fastest woman in a time of 9.29.3, narrowly beating Claire Swoboda of Starley Racing by less than a second. Madeleine Scott of Sunsport Velo CC completed the podium in 9.44.0.
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