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Patrick Clark (Team B38-Underpin Racing) and Rebecca Goodson (Velo Schils-Interbike) were victorious in the Mam Nick hill-climb, staged near the Derbyshire village of Edale by Rutland CC on Saturday morning.
Despite challenging conditions with intermittent rain and gritty sections, Clark took full advantage of a strong tailwind to smash the course record, covering the 2.1 kilometres in 6:16.0, beating Chris Dyke’s previous mark set in the 2016 event.
Meanwhile, 26-year-old Sheffield-based rider Goodson notched up her latest victory with a time of 7:42.2, beating her own course record for the climb by almost 20 seconds.
The veterans category was very close, with Chris Osment (Matlock CC) winning with a time of 7:15.7, while there was a tie for second between Pete Laud (Common Lane Occasionals) and Chris Edmondson (Velotik RT).
Luke Hind (Team Jewson-MI Racing) won the junior prize with an impressive 7:03.1, only missing out on the junior course record by six seconds.
Second in the 2016 event, Clark was fastest by 8.7 seconds, with team-mate Andy Nichols (Team B38-Underpin Racing) second and also having broken the old course record. With Rick Bailey seventh, B38-Underpin Racing won the team prize with a combined time of 19:38.2.
21-year-old Clark’s hill-climbing form appears to coming at just the right time, having placed a close second in Border City Wheelers’ climb of Hartside Hill last month.
Goodson’s victory in the women’s category was by no means her first this season, as she prepares for the National Championships at the end of the month.
She was fastest female in last weekend’s Sheffrec CC climb at Monsal Dale, while she won both stages of Stocksbridge CC’s hill-climb in September as well as the Bolsover and District CC climb at Hardwick Hall.
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