Macclesfield Wheelers (Tegg's Nose hill climb)

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  • Date: 05-May-19
  • Time: 10:00
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  • Course: J9/21
  • Closing Date: 23-Apr-19 23:59
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Cunningham and Brown first victors of Macclesfield Wheelers climb

  • Published: 05 May 19
  • Written By: Frazer Snowdon
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Andy Cunningham (Ilkley CC) set a benchmark time to beat in the first open event on the Tegg's Nose Hill Climb, while Rachael Brown (Pro Vision Cycle Clothing) took the women’s victory.

Cunningham, aged 30 and from Ilkley, clocked a time of five minutes and 33 seconds for the climb situated between Macclesfield and Buxton.

Perfect conditions greeted riders for the first running on the J9/21 climb which is 2.2 kilometres in length with an elevation change of 156 metres.

With an average gradient of seven percent the climb reaches a gradient of 12.3 percent after the halfway point before flattening out prior to an uphill kick for the finish line.

Hill climb specialist Cunningham took four victories last season and got his 2019 season off to a perfect start winning by 13 seconds.

After taking victory in the Oxonian CC 36 last month Richard Gildea (Didcot Phoenix CC) had to settle for second place on this occasion finishing in 5.46 while Rick Bailey (B38/Cycles In Motion) took third a further seven seconds behind.

Brown, aged 31 and from Cheddleton in Staffordshire, clocked a winning time of seven minutes and 45 seconds in the women’s event.

Finishing 12 seconds behind in second was host club rider Monica Eden in 7.57 ahead of team-mate Ruth Gamwell who took third in 9.34.

Also riding for Macclesfield Wheelers was fastest junior Robert Rowson clocking 6.16 which was good enough for sixth overall while team-mate Joe Thorp was quickest juvenile in 6.29.

Meanwhile first veteran on the day was Jon Wild (Veloviewer) who clocked 6.31.

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