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Paul Double – from the Zappolino to Dartmoor

"I was ready for the off-season but the form was good and I thought I’d give the National Hill Climb a go..."

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It’s a long way from the climb up to the Santuario di Madonna di San Lucca in Bologna and the Zappolino climb near Monteveglio – both in la Bella Italia to Haytor on stark Dartmoor in Devon – but what have these three jousts with gravity all got in common?

Let me first take you back to Sunday afternoon when I was trying to get the result of the CTT Hill Climb Championship.

Ben Lane, on the ‘Real 80’s Cycling’ page on Facebook kindly clued me in; ‘Laverack, Double, Bussell.’

The winner, Ed Laverack, a 25 year-old SwiftCarbon professional who hails from Llanelli wasn’t a surprise victor; he’d won the Bristol South Hill Climb at Burrington in Somerset the weekend before slicing the old course record and made no secret of his designs on the title.

And Richard Bussell (Aerocoach) wasn’t too much of a surprise ei