Lee Baldwin takes inaugural Jenkin Road hill climb title (video)

Jenkin Road (Photo: Vimeo/Furnace Media)

Champion System's Lee Baldwin emerged victorious from the inaugural Jenkin Road hill climb competition on Saturday, July 4, winning the men's competition by over three seconds.

Branded the Cote de Wincobank hill climb, named after the hill fort that sits next to Jenkin Road, the race celebrated the year anniversary of the Tour de France coming to Sheffield.

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That day, the pro peloton led by Jens Voigt and Vincenzo Nibali made light work of the 0.8km road, which averages a lung-busting 11 per cent.

Maxing out at 33 per cent, it was no surprise to see many of the riders in the video above collapsing on the ground gasping for air, especially in the heatwave conditions we experienced on Saturday.

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Baldwin smashed up the hill in 2m13, beating Polypipe's Thomas Traviss-Pollard (2m16) into second place, with Joseph Clark coming in nine seconds down.

In the women's competition, Sheffrec CC's Julia Van Campen took the win in 3m15, ahead of Carnac-Planet X duo Nicola Soden and Sandra Mackay.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.