Allen Valley Velo Hill Climb

Oct 7, 2014
Posted by: matt
Category: Results
  • Steve Gordon 7th Overall and 3rd V40
  • Shepherd 2nd in Women's Competition

Steve Gordon and Ingrid Shepherd continued their strong hill climbing form with great performances at the Allen Valley Velo Hill Climb on Sunday. The Sunderland Clarion duo were amongst a field of 60 riders tackling a climb of just over a mile from the village of Whitfield.

This weekends climb saw a steep initial gradient which gave way to a more comfortable, but deceiving, incline. Shepherd continued her contest with Angela Hibbs of Tyneside Vagabonds for the top honours within the women’s competition. Following her top finish at the Clarions own climb last weekend she was hoping to continue the fine form with this shorter climb, in the end 12 seconds separated the pair, with Hibbs coming out on top with a time of 5:47 against Ingrid’s 5:59, which also placed her 23rd overall. Gordon meanwhile was looking for another strong performance and he got it with a seventh place finish, and third in the over 40 age group too. His time of 5:09 saw him 17 seconds behind age category winner Ben Lane (GS Metro) 4:52, who took third overall, and just 10 seconds from second in the category Darren Robson (North Tyneside Riders). The overall contest was won by Derwentside CC’s Mick Jones, who continued where he left off at GS Metro’s climbs a fortnight earlier, with a stunning course record of 4:25. In second place was Houghton CC’s Mark Harrison who pushed a big gear to clock a time of 4:39. Also riding for the Clarion was Matt France who finished 21st overall with a time of 5:53. 

With a week off from the North East Hill Climb season the Sunderland Clarion trio will travel to North Yorkshire for Stockton Wheelers longer but far less steep climb of Tan Hill from Reeth on Sunday, prior to taking on the short sharp challenge of Houghton CC’s Quarrington Hill on the 19th which is the last round of the North East Hill Climb league.

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