Rivals tip Joe Clark for hill-climb title as course records tumble

Joe Clark has been touted as the favourite for the National Hill Climb Championships after a weekend of new course records being set

Joe Clark, Monsal Hill-Climb 2016. Photo: Andy Jones

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Three course records were broken at the weekend as the competition for the National Hill-Climb Championships hots up.

Dan Evans (Cannondale-UK) , who was champion in 2014, broke his own course record at Holme Moss on Saturday with a 6:11 ride, a few hours after he won on Jackson Bridge.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.