John Bowman (Muckle CC) won comfortably in the North Tyneside Riders hill climb, while Sarah Wilkinson (Blaydon CC) snatched the women’s event victory on the Winter’s Gibbet climb.
38-year-old Bowman completed the course in 7:24.1 which was enough to see him finish at least 22 seconds before anybody else - although scratch man Andy Cunningham (Ilkley CC) would have been the winner had he not incurred a two minute late start penalty which forced him to a 9:18.9 finish.
Coming in second was Matthew Smith (Muckle CC) in 7:46, while the final podium spot went to Alexander Storey (GS Metro) who clocked in at 7:49.6.
This was the first win of the season for Bowman who will now be focusing also on hill climbs in the hopes of making the National Championships.
He said after the event: “I undercooked this event last year a little bit, so my game plan today was to ride the first half, which is the more difficult section, as hard as I could then try to hang on.
“The second half of the course is quite undulating but you can’t really claw the time back if you don’t push hard on the first bit of the climb. I could feel myself fading towards the end, but just kept my minute man in my sights and was more than happy with my ride.”
In the women’s event it was Sarah Wilkinson that came out on top, finishing with a time of 9:15.1 which was over ten seconds quicker than the next woman.
That next woman was Ellen Powell (Durham Triathlon Club) who clocked in at 9:26. The final podium spot was a 10:27.7 which was ridden by Angela McGurk (Blaydon CC)
After the event Wilkinson said: “The first hill climb of the season is always a shock to the system after doing time trials all season. I was hoping to go a bit quicker today but the air was quite cold.
“I tried as hard as I could so have to settle for my result, even though closer to nine minutes would have been nice!”
Matthew Smith, who finished second in the men’s event, was making a return to hill climbing this year after he suffered multiple injuries in late 2017 after an accident so it was nice to see him back in the podium spots today as it would seem he has built the strength back up.
Pos Rider Club Gender Cat Time
1 John Bowman Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 07:24.1
2 Matthew Smith Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 07:46.0
3 Alexander Storey GS Metro Male Senior 07:49.6
4 Chris Dyke Rutland Cycling Club Male Senior 07:59.9
5 Graeme Wardale South Shields Velo Cycling Club Male Vet 08:00.8
6 Noel Stoddart Blaydon CC Male Vet 08:06.0
6 Adam Wood Muckle Cycle Club Male Vet 08:06.0
8 Benjamin Johnston Racing Metro 15 Male Junior 08:07.7
9 Philip Gilbanks Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 08:10.0
10 Craig Hodgson Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 08:10.7
11 Wilson-Jay Brown PM Racing UK Male Vet 08:24.4
12 Euan Dinning Gosforth RC Male Juvenile 08:31.8
13 Darren Robson North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet 08:31.9
14 Ben Wilkinson Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 08:37.1
15 Guillaume Zoppi North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet 08:51.1
16 Lee Ridden Reifen Racing Male Vet 08:58.2
17 Ian Gallon North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet 09:00.2
18 Ben Swinney Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 09:01.8
19 Charlie Thew North Tyneside Riders CC Male Juvenile 09:03.5
20 Sarah Wilkinson Blaydon CC Female Vet 09:15.1
21 Andy Cunningham Ilkley CC Male Senior 09:18.9
22 Ellen Powell Durham Triathlon Club Female Senior 09:26.0
23 Benjamin Box North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet 09:29.2
24 Barry Fordham Cestria C.C. Male Vet 09:30.1
25 Joe Reed Muckle Cycle Club Male Senior 09:34.5
26 Daniel Richardson North Tyneside Riders CC Male Senior 09:48.2
27 Jonathan Cairns North Tyneside Riders CC Male Senior 09:50.7
28 Stephen Pattison Muckle Cycle Club Male Vet 09:52.9
29 Tom Guy Sunderland Clarion Male Vet 10:00.7
30 Michael Tupman North Tyneside Riders CC Male Juvenile 10:08.7
31 Michael Trow Blaydon CC Male Vet 10:12.1
32 Angela McGurk Blaydon CC Female Vet 10:27.7
33 David Walton North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet 10:38.6
34 Martin Lisle North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet 10:46.3
35 Lois Jarvis North Tyneside Riders CC Female Senior 10:57.9
36 Alex Box North Tyneside Riders CC Male Juvenile 11:07.2
37 David Lavery North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet 11:19.8
38 Sarah Minto North Tyneside Riders CC Female Senior 11:43.8
39 Mick Chappel North Tyneside Riders CC Male Vet 12:08.2
40 Owen Haggerty North Tyneside Riders CC Male Junior 12:09.1
41 Ray Bell Derwentside CC Male Vet 12:39.4
42 Will Massie North Tyneside Riders CC Male Juvenile 12:41.5
Aidan Turner North Tyneside Riders CC Male Juvenile Apol
George Turner North Tyneside Riders CC Male Juvenile Apol
Barry Kelly Barnesbury CC Male Senior Apol
Tommy Murray GS Metro Male Senior DNS