Kieran Wynne-Cattanach and Mary Wilkinson were fastest male and female riders at the Birdwell Wheelers climb of Green Moor Road in Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire, on Sunday.
Returning to action following an absence from racing, Wynne-Cattanach (Team Lifting Gear Products) clocked 2-17.1 and pipped last year’s winner and team-mate Andy Nichols by a slender 0.6 seconds, while third was Leon Wright (Race Hub).
Nick Latimer just missed out on the podium by a slender margin but was the third rider from Team Lifting Gear Products.
The Women’s event was dominated by Mary Wilkinson of Yorkshire Road Club finishing in 2m 41.0s placing first overall and top veteran. The time was a new course record and a new veterans record and would have placed her seventh in the men’s event.
Rebecca Richardson of Team Brother was second and Joanna Blackburn of Team Bottrill completed the podium.
The juveniles event also saw records fall. Fastest in a new boys record was Joshua Power in 2m 55.3s. Emil Howell was 2nd and Stanley Clough completed the podium. Fastest girl in a new course record was Maia Howell in 3m 47.2s.
His first open CTT event of the year, Wynne-Cattanach will be hoping for more glory in the VC Cumbria climb on Whinlatter Pass, as well as the Sheffrec CC event on Monsal Head on the weekend of October 2-3.
This was Wilkinson’s second victory of the day, having also won the morning’s event on New Mill Bank staged by Geared Up-C and N Cycles.
Second in last year’s National Hill-Climb Championships, she will be hoping to go one better this year on Winnats Pass in Derbyshire. Before that, she’s targeting climbs staged by Halifax Imperial Wheelers and Withington Wheelers next weekend.