Team Raleigh secured a one-two in the Cat and Fiddle hill-climb promoted by Weaver Valley CC on Sunday, with talented teenager Mike Cuming taking the win by more than seven seconds.
Cuming – who had won the final round of the Rudy Project Time Trial Series the previous day – showed no signs of his efforts 24 hours earlier as he powered up the seven-mile climb of the J9/7 course near Macclesfield.
His time of 19-19.9 was plenty fast enough for victory over team-mate Richard Handley, although was some 49 seconds shy of Mark Lovatt’s six-year-old course record.
Elsewhere, 2008 national hill-climb champion Matt Clinton continued his preparations for this year’s title race with victory in the Pedalsport CC two-stage in Yorkshire.
Mike Vaughan Cycles rider Clinton won the opening stage on the one-mile Stocks Lane course by 11 seconds, and while he lost the second stage on Birch Lane to Kenilworth Wheelers’ rival Steven Allen by one second, he had done enough to secure the overall victory.
Elsewhere in Yorkshire, London-based Australian Chris Beales (Sigma Sport RT) won the Yorkshire Velo event on the 4.8-mile climb of Cragg Vale, pushing out local rider Carl Saint by almost a minute as he prepares for the Nationals in a fortnight.
Over the border in Derbyshire, Clinton had to settle for second spot the following day with Pendragon rider David Clarke winning Chesterfield Coureurs’ 2.3-mile climb of Beeley Moor.
Clarke was better suited to the climb, which is the longest continuous ascent in England, and was almost six seconds faster than Clinton.
In Somerset, Sri Chinmoy CT rider Tejvan Pettinger from Oxford continued to display promising form ahead of the nationals with a convincing victory in the Bristol South CC climb of Burrington Combe.
Pettinger flew up the hill in 7:10, with Robert Gough (Arctic Premier RT) second by 17 seconds, and Luke Dunbar (Team Qoroz) third, another two seconds slower.
Cambridge CC rider Basil Moss won the Eastern Counties CA Championships at Woodham Walter in Essex, finishing second to Jonathan Shubert on the opening climb but then winning the second ascent comfortably to win overall by three seconds.
Arthur Doyle (Dooleys Racing Team) clocked a new course record of 2:14 to win the Kingscavil Hill Climb, promoted by West Lothian Clarion on Sunday. David Griffiths (Glasgow Wheelers) placed second on the event run on a closed road, with Robin Wilkins (Stirling Bike Club) in third.