BOA Hill Climb Champ Goes on to become National Hill Climb Champion
The growing popularity of hill climbs means many more cyclists are taking part in these tests of fitness and endurance. A competitor must go into the event on form. One such participant was Andrew Feather who was victorious in the national hill climb championships last week.
The last-minute change of venue from Shalsey Walsh Climb to Pea Rod Lane in Stocksbridge did not faze Andrew who climbed the 0.8 km course in an impressive 2 minutes 18 seconds finish. Andrew entered in top form winning 11 of the 14 previous climb events of the year, including 5 consecutive victories.
The astute will notice that Andrew also took the win in the BOA hill climb back in the summer. His winning time of 53.44 seconds started his season off well and helped him on his way to the national hill climb championships.
Whilst Andrew appeared to be running out of steam over the last 100 metres, the former elite road racer he held strong for the victory, finishing 2 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.
In the female competition, Fiona Burnie claimed victory by the narrowest of margins with her nearest rival finishing just half a second behind.
Both Andrew’s and Fiona‘s victories were well earned with plenty of prior preparation and training going to give the best chance of victory. There’s every chance that Andrew will be back to defend his title next year so keep your eyes peeled for details on the next BOA hill climb event in 2019.