Every year, VeloVeritas catches up with the CTT National Hill Climb Champion, this year the man who best defied gravity was 31 years-old Tom Bell who rides in the colours of his own coaching concern, High North Performance.
His 3:01.6 ride broke Peter Greenhalgh’s 55 years-old course record for the savage Winnats Pass, set in 1966.
Bell relegated last year’s champion, Andy Feather (HuntBike Wheels.com) to silver by seven seconds with Andy Nichols (Lifting Gear Products) some three further seconds off Feather’s pace.
Here’s what the man of the moment had to say to VeloVeritas:
Congratulations, Tom, please describe the beast that is the Winnats Pass to us.
“Winnats Pass is an amazing, iconic climb and as close to a hill climb “stadium” as you could hope to get.
“It’s deceptively steep right from the start, but it gets more and more severe the closer you get to the top.
“You often find yourself fighting against a block headwind as well as the gradient because of how the road cuts through the landscape and funnels the wind too.
“I don’t think there’s anyone who would say it’s an easy climb.”
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