HOLME Valley Wheelers Harmonie Waterman (12) and Leon Gledhill (13) were crowned national hill climb champions at a very successful championships held in Stocksbridge.
And under 16 Ben Kellet was later award the national title for his age group when two riders were disqualified.
The Pea Royd Hill – climbing out of Stocksbridge for 1,200 yards – and gusty winds provided a major challenge.
Last year’s winner, Matt Clinton, had been having a good season, claiming many wins in the Yorkshire region, but Daniel Shand of West Pennine has been close on his heels at more than one climb.
It was unfortunate that Shand came down with a chest infection before the race and was unable to start. This left Clinton with a good chance at the title, but it was snatched away from him by professional rider Dan Freeman (Cervelo Test Team), who won in 3.17.8, ahead of Clinton (MikeVaughan.co.uk) in 3.31.6 and Jim Henderson (Southport CC) in 3.39.4.
Sixteen-year-old Kellet had a great ride to originally take second in his age group and 32nd overall in 4.14.5. Steve Robinson was 60th in 4.36.0 and other local riders were Owen Mitton (Huddersfield RC) 65th in 4.40.5 and Paul Brierley (Huddersfield RC) 66th in 4.41.9.
It was a great day’s competition with many supporters turning out to shout for the riders as they struggled up the hard climb.