A SLOW moving tractor failed to stop Balsall Common’s Matt Clinton from powering away to victory at the Peak District hill climb up Holme Moss.
The 27-year-old, riding a fixed gear bike, sped up the 1.3 mile climb - which has an incline of almost 10 per cent - to finish in 6 minutes 37.6 seconds, over 22 seconds in front of second placed and the 2011 junior hill climb champion, Josh Teesedale.
From there it was five miles down the road to the other side of Holmefirth for the Huddersfield Star Wheelers Hill Climb at Jackson Bridge.
A much more technical climb, with a greater variation in gradient, it was arguably the greater challenge of the two climbs.
Clinton was last man away, again on a fixed gear and having previously won the climb three times (missing out by 0.4s in 2010), he took his fourth win in 4:21.3 by 17 seconds.
On Sunday Clinton was in Cheshire for Lyme RC’s Mow Cop Hill Climb. The “Killer Mile” as it is known, is a tough climb in itself, with the final 200m at a leg busting 25 per cent.
Starting last, Clinton gambled on using a bigger gear than five times national hill climb champion and current record holder Jim Henderson.
The move paid off as he smashed the previous record of 4:36 by nearly 12 seconds, winning by 15 seconds to take his third win of the weekend as ahead of the national championships on October 28 in Ramsbottom, Lancashire.