Reigning national hill-climb champion Andrew Feather (HuntBikeWheels.com) continued his preparations for the 2021 title race with victory at the Sodbury Cycle Sport hill climb, while Rosie Wayland (Dursley RC) took the top spot in the women’s event by a comfortable margin also.
36-year-old scratch man Feather completed the course in 4:50.9 which was enough to see him finish at least 23 seconds ahead of the competition and set a new course record.
First in line of the competition was Morgan Curle (Rogue Racing), he completed the course in 5:13.3 to secure second place. Third was Phil Stonelake (Bristol RC) who clocked in a further nine seconds off the pace, with a time of 5:22.7.
This was Feather’s second win of the season after victory in last weekend’s Buxton CC hill-climb, and keeps him on track for another great season. He went unbeaten through 2020 and will want to do the same again this year.
In the women’s event it was Rosie Wayland that came out on top, finishing with a time of 6:28.2, over 20 seconds quicker than the next woman in line and also a new course record for women.
Charlotte Davies (FTP Racing) was second achieving a time of 6:51.7, while third place was taken by Emily Slavin (Avid Sport) who clocked in at 7:03.1.
Wayland had competed in one event this season prior to this, placing fourth woman at the Dursley Road Club climb a fortnight earlier.
She will be aiming to make it two out of two for the weekend, with a ride in Sunday’s Minehead CC climb of Porlock Hill on the cards before hopefully tackling the Mid-Devon CC two-stage next Saturday.
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