Veteran rider Dan Evans (ASSOS Speed Club UK) and Rebecca Richardson (Team Brother UK) took the men’s and women’s titles respectively at the Welsh CA Hill Climb Championship.
It was a third hill climb victory of the season for Evans after missing last year’s Covid-19 effected campaign.
On this occasion his time of 13 minutes and 6.4 seconds was enough for victory by 10 seconds.
Taking place on the Tumble the 4.7-kilometre climb starts from Govilon with an average gradient of 8% which has steeper sections of 15% towards the bottom.
Evans is preparing for the National Hill Climb Championships in two weeks’ time over the much shorter and steep Winnats Pass looking to improve on his fifth place in 2019 championship event.
In 2019 the Welsh Championship event was also held on the Tumble with Evans finishing third on that occasion in a time of 12-32.6.
This time out Evans was pushed by junior rider Tomos Pattinson (Halesowen A&CC) who finished second in 13-16.1.
Leading the fight for third was James Pearce (Solihull CC) in 14-18.2 which was enough to beat the junior pairing of Dylan Griffiths (Towy Riders Cycle Club) taking fourth (14-30.7) and Louis Lermite (Guide Cycling) in fifth (14-35.8).
Winner Evans was also quickest veteran ahead of Darran Carpenter (Cwmcarn Paragon Road Club) in second (16-53.2) while Adrian Thorpe (Fibrax Wrexham RC) was third in the age category (18-18.0).
Meanwhile, quickest juvenile was Alfie Herbert (Rhyl CC) who covered the course in 15-38.9.
In the women’s event Richardson continued her preparation for the national championship by taking a clear victory in a time of 16-25.8.
Richardson is also finding form ahead of a challenge on Winnats Pass after also winning on the iconic Mam Nick hill climb last weekend.
Veteran Jessica Evans (ASSOS Speed Club UK) led the battle behind taking second in 18-05.5 while Bronwen Jenkinson (Anglesey Cycling Group) finished third (18-53.9).
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