Jennifer George (Torelli-Beastwear-Brother) and Thomas Perren (Rapha CC) were fastest female and male riders respectively as Brighton Mitre CC staged the first of two hill-climbs in Sussex on Saturday.
The morning event took in the 1,704-yard climb of Bostal Road in Steyning, with Perren clocking the fastest time of 4-02.0, giving him the win by 2.3 seconds from David Ross (LFGSS CC) and going close to the course record. Third spot went to Mark Aldred (Kingston Wheelers CC) who was another 4.6 seconds off the pace.
And Jennifer George clocked 5-04.2 to finish as the fastest female by around 19 seconds from Eastbourne Rovers’ Olivia Webb.
Perren’s only other open hill-climb performance on record was at the Reading CC two-stage hill-climb two weeks before the Brighton Mitre event, where he finished fifth in a quality field of riders.
He went on to win Saturday afternoon’s Brighton Mitre hill-climb on the nearby GH94 climb of Mill Hill in Shoreham, and was also due to take part in Sunday’s Bec CC hill-climb.
Jenifer George has several top level victories under her belt already, both against the clock and in bunched racing.
The current Scottish National Women’s Road Race Champion, the 35-year-old London-based rider also won the Tour of Omagh stage race in July. In time trialling, she placed 11th in both the National 10 and National 25 this year.
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