Joe Clark and Lou Bates takes the honours in the 2015 edition of the classic Monsal Hill-Climb in Derbyshire
- Photos by Andy Jones

Joe Clark (Team Envelopemaster) won the 85th edition of the Monsal Hill-Climb in Derbyshire on Sunday, edging out Adam Kenway (SportGrub Kuota Cycling Team) by just two tenths of a second.

Former Monsal champion Jack Pullar (Velosure Starley Primal Pro Cycling) completed the podium in third place, four seconds behind Kenway.

Lou Bates (Carnac Planet X) prevailed in the women’s category, coming home two seconds quicker than second-placed Jessie Walker (Servetto Footon), last year’s winner. Dame Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International) placed third in a field of 24 women – an event record.

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Robert Gray (HMT Academy with JLT Condor) claimed the junior crown, and placed fifth overall to boot. Chris Myhill (Peak Road Club) won the veterans category, with Jim Brown (Holmfirth CC) winning the school boys category, and Becky Grigson (Sport City) coming first in the school girls.

None of the full start list of riders came close to retired pro Malcolm Elliott’s 1981 course record of 1:14.2. Elliott was on hand to present the prizes after the finish.

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Joe Clark, overall winner, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Joe Clark, overall winner, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Adam Kenway, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Adam Kenway, second

Jack Pullar, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Jack Pullar, third

Russell Downing, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Russell Downing, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Adrian Timmis, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Adrian Timmis

Malcom Elliott presents the trophy to winner Joe Clark, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Malcom Elliott presents the trophy to winner Joe Clark

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Lou Bates, women's winner, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Lou Bates, women’s winner

Jessie Walker, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Jessie Walker, women’s runner-up

Dame Sarah Storey, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Dame Sarah Storey, third

Women's podium, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Women’s podium

Penny farthing, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Penny farthing – made it to the top!

Brian Hygate, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

Oldest competitor: Brian Hygate, 78

Max Jacobs, Monsal Hill-Climb 2015

… and the youngest competitor: Max Jacobs, 8

Results

Monsal Hill-Climb 2015
Men
1. Joe Clark (Team Envelopemaster) in 1:20.1
2. Adam Kenway (SportGrub Kuota Cycling Team) 1:20.3
3. Jack Pullar (Velosure Starley Primal Pro Cycling) 1:24.2
4. Russell Downing (Cult Energy Pro Cycling) 1:24.6
5. Robert Gray (HMT Academy with JLT Condor) 1:26.9
6. Andy Nichols (Langsett Cycles RT) 1:27.0
7. William Bourne (Clay Cross RT) 1:27.5
8. Daniel Featherstone (Andy Moore Autocentres Racing) 1:27.7
9. John Johnston (Matlock CC) 1:28.2
10. Peter Cocker (Pedal Pushers) 1:29.9

Women
1. Lou Bates (Carnac Planet X) in 1:55.1
2. Jessie Walker (Servetto Footon) 1:57.1
3. Dame Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International) 1:59.1
4. Diane Lee (Mule Bar Girls Sigma Sport) 1:59.7
5. Emilie Verroken (Langsett Cycles RT) 2:00.2
6. Elizabeth Stedman (Fusion RT Gear Club) 2:03.6
7. Nicola Soden (Stocksbridge CC) 2:06.6
8. Julia Van Campen (Sheffrec CC) 2:08.5
9. Helen Eborall (Born to Bike – Bridgtown Cycles) 2:11.9
10. Charlotte Thompson (Velo Club St Raphael) 2:18.0