LAST weekend saw the start of the Hill-Climb season for Balsall Common’s Matt Clinton, the reigning National Hill Climb champion racing for Mike Vaughan Cycles (Kenilworth).
Saturday started with a long trip up to Leeds for the Yorkshire Road Club 2-Stage Hill Climb. As first seed, Clinton was off last man for both climbs, the first being the torturously steep, but short Arthington Bank. Riding a fixed gear bike Matt broke the leading time set by Richard Meadows of 2minutes 41seconds to finish in a staggering time of 2:17.
With a brief hour-and-a-half gap, it was time to hit the second climb on the day, Weardley Bank.
Clinton once again smashed the leading time of the day, held by Meadows of 2:58 to win.
Sunday morning hosted Weaver Valley CC’s Cat and Fiddle Hill Climb, up the infamous 6.2mile climb from Macclesfield to the Cat and Fiddle Pub.
Starting 25 minutes before Clinton, the biggest threat was Mike Cumming. Living in Macclesfield he set a staggering time of 18:24 – six seconds faster than the previous course record, but with the start of Sunday’s race shortened by 100yards due to roadworks.
As Clinton hit the top of the climb, the timekeeper’s looked in astonishment – he’d finished in a time of 18:17! Unfortunately though this will not count as a new record, with the course shortened.