Kenway back in the saddle to climb to championship glory

The National Hill-Climb Championship at Matlock. Photo: Tim Stanger
The National Hill-Climb Championship at Matlock. Photo: Tim Stanger

Just nine days after being injured in a training crash, Belper’s Adam Kenway (Metaltek-Kuota) won the men’s National Hill-Climb Championship, hosted by Matlock Cycling Club.

Lou Bates (Velochils Interbike) set a course record as she took the women’s title.

Fastest junior riders were Anna Henderson (Lovelo Cinelli RT) and Harvey Weinberger (GS Henley).

Matlock CC’s Sarah Briggs was the fastest under-14 girl.

A total of 40 riders from all over the country attempted to be the fastest to the top of the hill, roared on by a large crowd.

Kenway set the quickest time of 2:18.2 on the Bank Road course, more than two seconds ahead of his nearest challenger, Isaac Mundy (Oxford University CC), who was a surprise podium finisher.

James Lowden (Team ASL360) finished third, 2.6 seconds adrift of Kenway.

It was Kenway’s tenth hill-climb success this autumn, having also won on Monsal Head.

His only previous podium place in the nationals was in 2014 when he came third.

Bates, who also won at the recent Monsal Head hill-climb, was the only female to go inside three minutes, finishing in a course record time of 2:57.1.

Becky Lewis (Wrexham RC) and Joanne Clay (TORQ Performance) took second and third places respectively with times of 3:01.5 and 3:01.8 respectively.

This Saturday sees the the sixth round of the Notts and Derbys Cyclocross League at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham.