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Ilkley's Garnett impresses once again
4:00am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
Ilkley CC’s youth rider Tom Garnett endured atrocious conditions in last Sunday’s National Hill Climb Championship to take 11th place in the Junior Championship.
The event was organised by Ferryhill Wheelers on the 2.3 mile Stang climb which ascends up out of Langthwaite to the top of the Moor.
With gradients of one in five in places and a total of over 800ft of climbing, this is recognised as one of the hardest climbs in the area.
A strong tail wind greeted the 180 riders and each rider was set off at minute intervals and timed over the course.
Garnett, who has shown excellent form in recent weeks, rode at a controlled pace over the early steep part of the climb allowing him to pick up the speed on the second part of it finishing very strongly in 9:23.1.
This placed him 46th in the overall event and 11th in the junior championship, an excellent result for the 15-year-old who has another three years in the junior category.
The overall winner was former Ilkley resident Tejvan Pettinger who now lives in Oxfordshire and rides for Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team.
His time of 7.57.7 was just over two seconds too fast for James Gullen of Team Hope and smashed the course record by around a minute.
The seventh round of the Yorkshire Points Cyclo cross series was run last Sunday on a new course near Sheffield. I In very muddy conditions Alison Kinloch rode very well to take sixth in the ladies race while Mike Burdon had his best result of the winter, finishing in 14th place in the Vets (40+).
Dave Kinloch overcame a mechanical problem at the start to finish just behind in 18th place and Ian Cliffe showed his improving form by finishing two places back in 20th.
In the under-10 race Seb Cliffe rode well to finish fifth.
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