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Zeb Kyffin and Joanne Rea finished top man and woman cumulatively in the two-stage Sunderland Clarion CC hill-climb.
The first stage took part on Haggs Lane stretching two miles whilst the second of the day was a shorter 0.7 mile climb on Kibblesworth Bank.
Zeb Kyffin (Ribble Pro Cycling) assured himself of the hill-climb win by winning both stages of the event with a combined time of 9-59.8.
“I think I paced the first stage on Silverhills pretty well today – my power was up from last year even though I was ten seconds slower, but I can’t complain as there was a pretty nasty headwind today,” said Kyffin.
On the second shorter climb, I think I was only one second off the course record, which again considering the stonking head wind today versus a tail wind last year, isn’t too bad. The shorter –climb today is good prep for the Nationals,” he continued.
Marcus Cram (Blaydon CC) had to play second fiddle to Kyffin once again with back to back second places this weekend with the other coming in the Cestria CC hill-climb.
Cram posted a total time of 10-43.3 to finish 11.9 seconds ahead of third placed Colin Atkinson (Muckle CC) who went on to collect the V50 prize with a time of 10-55.2.
Top woman of the day was Joanne Rea of Blaydon CC. She crossed both lines to rack up a cumulative time of 14-17.3, giving her the win by 29 seconds.
“I’m very pleased with my first place today as this is only my second hill climb event of this season. It was very tough in the wind today, so I was pleased that I managed to get a good enough gap after that first climb to secure the top spot in the ladies competition,” said Rea.
Jen McMahon (Muckle CC) was Rea’s closest rival with a time of 14-46.3 with her Muckle CC teammate Helen Parkin making it three podium spots across the men and women’s categories after posting a time of 18-16.1.
Gavin Richardson was the quickest host club rider over the two stages and took home the Peter Foster Memorial Trophy with a time of 12-48.9.
In the junior category, Chris Mann (Velotik RT) claimed fourth overall and finished top junior in 11-04.1.
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1. Zeb Kyffin (Ribble Pro Cycling) 9:59.8
2. Marcus Cram (Blaydon CC0 10:43.3
3. Colin Atkinson (Muckle CC) 10:55.2
1. Joanne Rea (Blaydon CC) 14:17.3
2. Jen McMahon (Muckle CC) 14:46.3
3. Helen Parkin (Muckle CC) 18:16.1
Veteran: Colin Atkinson
Junior: Chris Mann (Velotik RT) 11:04.1