The pain and the glory: 2015 Hill-Climb National Championships in photos

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

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

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

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

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

Barnaby Walkingshaw
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Checking the results, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Checking the results, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015
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Chris Myhill, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Hill-climb veteran Chris Myhill
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Jeff Wright, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Course record holder Jeff Wright
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Julia Van Campen, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Julia Van Campen gets a fanfare
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Matt Clinton, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Former national champion Matt Clinton
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Lynn Hamel, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Lynn Hamel's face gives away the effort
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James Hayward, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

The crowd gives James Hayward some encouragement
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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
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James Allen, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

James Allen
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Tom Bell, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Tom Bell
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Tejvan Pettinger, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Tejvan Pettinger
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Becky Lewis, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Becky Lewis
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Hayley Simmonds, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Hayley Simmonds
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Dan Evans, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

2014 champion Dan Evans
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Lou Bates, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Lou Bates
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Joe Clark, Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

Joe Clark
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Hill-Climb National Championships 2015

All the winners with national champions' jerseys and gold caps
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