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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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The only way is up for riders

WHhinlatter hill climb, which originated from Derwent Valley RC days many years ago, was revived as a full open event by Team Swift/Velo Club Cumbria and with representatives from Derwent Valley CC on Sunday.

The race started from Braithwaite village and climbed the pass to finish just short of the entrance to the forest visitor centre.

It is a measured distance of 1.8 miles and climbs 1,043 feet.

With the race attracting many riders both local and from afar it was the local local riders who dominated the results.

With main sponsor of the event being Cyclewise at Whinlatter a mountain bike race was the opener and was won by Keith Ashbridge, VC Cumbria, in 10 minutes three seconds.

Second was Sean Rosser, VCC/Cyclewise, with 10.38 and third was Cyclewise director Craig Scott in 11.01.

First lady MTB was Debbie Blyth, VCC/Cyclewise, in a time of 15.14.

Setting off first of the road bikes was Brigham’s Wendy Thomas, VCC, who finished second lady in 13.21.

The overall winner was Alistair Robinson, of Matterdale, who rides for Leslie’s Bikes/Right Move Windows.

He blasted up the climb and is believed to have smashed the old course record to finish in 07.32.

Kendal woman Anne Plant, Wheelbase, just back from Austria and winning the veteran ladies’ world championship, won the ladies’ category in 10.02.

First juvenile winner was Cockermouth schoolboy Alex Hargreaves, VCC, who clocked 12.43 competing in his first open event.

And in the age categories the O70 prize went to Tri-Lakeland’s Barry Johnson in 12.19 with team-mate and fellow Eaglesfield man Dave Clarkson winning the O50 in 11.05.

Greg Tognarelli, VCC, Workington, won the O40s in 8.24 but Billy Bland had to pull out of the O60 event due to injuries.

Jonathan Knox, Herbalife Wheelbase, won the junior race and was second overall in 7.44 and VCC’s top rider of 2010, Adam Powe, came third in 8.05.

Other local riders’ times were fourth Greg Tognarelli 8.24, and Keith Ashbridge, VCC, seventh in 8.38 after winning the MTB race.

Billy Bland, one of the area’s great fell runners, presented the prizes donated from Cyclewise, and Jackie Hargreaves, herself an international fell runner, presented the Allsports prizes.

Ken Hargreaves announced his retirement from organising and thanked all the helpers, marshalls and timekeepers for a successful event, not forgetting the loan of a safety car from J Edgar and Sons.

n Proceeds from the sale of refreshments at the race plus donations from spectators raised £80 for cystic fibrosis.

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