Fiona Burnie and Andrew Feather crowned British national hill climb champions

Two maiden winners claimed the gruelling titles on Sunday

Women's national champion Fiona Burnie (Photo: Andy Jones)

The National Hill Climb Championships were claimed by first-time winners in South Yorkshire.

Andrew Feather claimed the men’s title with a perfectly executed plan while Fiona Burnie took the women’s race with a wafer-thin margin on Sunday.

The championships had been slated for the Shelsley Walsh climb in Worcestershire, but had to be moved to Pea Royd Lane in Stocksbridge, near Sheffield at the last minute.

Feather is a former elite racer on the road.

The men's national hill climb podium (Photo: Andy Jones)
(Image credit: Andy Jones 2014)

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The BCR Racing rider had planned to save his energy early on and was fading in the final 100 metres, but held on for the win.

Feather finished in 2-18, ahead of Calum Brown of Team B38-Underpin Racing who was two seconds behind.

Second place Calum Brown (Photo: Andy Jones)

He also beat 2016 champion Adam Kenway of Vitus Pro Cycling, who raced later in the day after weather had deteriorated.

Feather had won 11 out of the 14 hill climb events leading up to the national champs, including five consecutive wins.

In the women’s race, Fiona Burnie of GS Metro took the victory just half a second ahead of her nearest rival.

Fiona Burnie is the women's national time trial champion (Photo: Andy Jones)
(Image credit: Andy Jones 2014)

Burnie had picked up a win three weeks earlier and was able to deliver at the nationals on Sunday.

She rode before the rain came down and took the women’s title just 0.6 seconds ahead of second place Mary Wilkinson of Yorkshire Road Club.


National hill climb championships


1. Andrew Feather (BCR Racing), in 2-18-8

2. Calum Brown (Team B38-Underpin Racing, at 2 seconds

3. Adam Kenway (Vitus Pro Cycling), at 3 seconds


1. Fiona Burnie (GS Metro), in 3-05-4

2. Mary Wilkinson (Yorkshire RC), at .6 seconds

3. Kate Mactear (University of Bristol CC), at 9 seconds

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.