Andy Jones was on hand to capture the action during the 2015 RTTC Hill-Climb National Championships in Jackson Bridge on Sunday

Richard Bussell (RST Sport-Aero Coach) and Maryka Sennema (Paceline RT) were crowned 2015 British Hill-Climb National Champions at Jackson Bridge, West Yorkshire, on Sunday.

The annual event sees riders taking on a climb to get up it as quickly as possible against the clock. The extreme effort required makes the event quite a spectacle, and a large crowd usually turns out to support the riders and, if we’re honest, watch them suffer.

Bussell put in a commanding performance to take the men’s title, beating defending champion Dan Evans (Cannondale UK – Team Elite) by five seconds. Joe Clark (Envelopemaster) was third at six seconds.

Sennema made it three in a row, as she successfully defended her women’s title. She beat Hayley Simmonds (Team Velosport) by just over two seconds on the 0.9-mile course. Lou Bates (Carnac Planet X) placed third.

Kieran Savage (Yorkshire Road Club) was top-placed male junior rider, with Henrietta Colborne (Team Jadan) best placed junior woman.

>>> Bussell crowned new National Hill-Climb champion as Sennema defends her title

Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Richard Bussell, men's winner, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Richard Bussell, men’s winner, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Arne Beswick, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Arne Beswick, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Maryka Sennema, women's winner, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Maryka Sennema, women’s winner

Barnaby Walkingshaw, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Barnaby Walkingshaw

Checking the results, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Checking the results, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Chris Myhill, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Hill-climb veteran Chris Myhill

Jeff Wright, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Course record holder Jeff Wright

Julia Van Campen, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Julia Van Campen gets a fanfare

Matt Clinton, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Former national champion Matt Clinton

Lynn Hamel, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Lynn Hamel’s face gives away the effort

James Hayward, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

The crowd gives James Hayward some encouragement

William Bourne finished his effort slightly too early, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

William Bourne finished his effort slightly too early and pushed to the line

James Allen, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

James Allen

Tom Bell, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Tom Bell

Tejvan Pettinger, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Tejvan Pettinger

Becky Lewis, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Becky Lewis

Hayley Simmonds, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Hayley Simmonds

Dan Evans, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

2014 champion Dan Evans

Lou Bates, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Lou Bates

Joe Clark, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Joe Clark

Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

All the winners with national champions’ jerseys and gold caps

  • Andrew Gray

    180 is Maryka….

  • Bob

    lmao – you clearly havent gone into the red towards the end of a 100 or had the ‘bonk’ 30 miles from home on a long days touring into a gale – ive never heard of any cyclists (apart from you) who havent suffered at some time or another – no pain no gain

  • David Stammers

    Wat.

  • HillClymber

    That is definitely not Maryka Sennema

  • Author Julian Abbott

    Nobody should ever “suffer” in ANY circumstances , least of all on a bike. I did cycling for several years, and I rode very long distances every day, and I did some of the hardest climbs in Italy, but I have never had any “suffering” at all on a bicycle. Cycling was highly pleasurable for me. “Suffering” is an illness, and it shouldn’t be exhibited in any way. Masochism should be banned in this World. Those people who force themselves to “suffer” on their bicycles should be stopped from cycling. The World needs to be full of pleasure. The animals are filling the World full of their pleasure, so we don’t want any humans cancelling out that effect by filling the World with dirty “suffering”. (I still don’t know exactly what “suffering” is. I’ve asked a psychologist, but she hasn’t given me a satisfactory explanation yet )

  • BikeRideMike

    Poor journalism eh?

  • dannybuoy

    Photos don’t do justice to the speed they’re all going, but it sure shows the effort and pain. Good work

  • Steven MC

    That’s a shame but it makes for a great photo

  • William Bourne

    Definitely didn’t finish the effort too early. Mechanical meant that pushing the last 80m was the only option!