MATLOCK Cycling Club’s Chris Metcalfe has claimed the title at the Red Bull Hill Chasers 2011 event, Britain’s First Dual Uphill Bike Challenge.
The tough contest took place on Park Street, Bristol, on Saturday evening with the city centre coming to a standstill as 32 riders on a variety of bikes raced uphill in an attempt to become the first Red Bull Hill Chasers champion.
A straight knockout format with two racers against each other saw fixies, Bmxers, mountain bikers and road racers battle against each other in a lung-busting hill climb that ran the full length of Park Street. In the end, Matlock CC road racer Chris Metcalfe prevailed on his road bike to settle the lively dispute, which had developed in intensity throughout the night.
Local hero Tom Palmer, from Sea Mills in Bristol, raised a few eyebrows with his march to the quarter finals on his BMX, with another Bristolian Ed Trotman putting in a strong performance.
At the finish, the top three riders who ended up on the podium, collecting bronze, silver and gold were Ben Superior in third, Paul Derrick in second and champion Chris Metcalfe taking gold to complete what turned out to be a particularly memorable event for him and the cycling club he represents.