Gronlund and Pettinger winning a week before national champs

Gunnar Gronland, National hill-climb championships 2011

Reigning national hill-climb champion Gunnar Gronlund (RST-Trigon) completed his preparations for next weekend's 2012 title race when he took victory in the Chesterfield Coureurs hill-climb of Beeley Moor in Derbyshire on Sunday.

The 25-year-old, who is based just a few miles away from the course in Sheffield, romped to victory by 20 seconds over the 2.31-mile course, thereby defending his title in the 18th running of the event, which was renamed the Harry Cook Memorial in 2011.

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