It may have been too windy for course records to be threatened, but 15-year-old Frank Longstaff blew away the rest of the field.
Longstaff, who rides for Colchester Rovers CC, is a member of the GB Olympic Talent team, and it certainly showed as he comfortably mastered the 500-yard course, finishing in 46.9 seconds to win Cycle Club Sudbury’s annual hill climb at Semer on Sunday.
But he almost did not make it, puncturing a tyre just a few minutes before the start.
Fellow Rover Tom Stephenson, who holds the course record of 43.4 seconds, set in 2011, came to the rescue by lending Longstaff his spare wheel.
Boxford BC’s Samantha Segger, who finished 36th overall, took the honours in the women’s section, with a time of 59.00 seconds to clinch the first prize of £50, the same as the men. Manningtree Wheelers took the team award – three fastest club members to count.
Under the one prize per rider rule, Oliver Jones (Ipswich BC) was the fastest junior/juvenile, with a time of 55.4 seconds.
The event, which attracted a record entry of 76, with just five non-starters, includes the East District Hill Climb championship, and CC Sudbury rider Lee Ford, who was fourth fastest up the hill, took the individual honours in this with a time of 48.9 seconds. He is also CC Sudbury Hill Climb champion.
Ipswich BC, who finished second to Manningtree, took the East District team honours.
Charlie Felstead, who finished joint 58th in 1.04.3 took the CC Sudbury Schoolboy Hill Climb champion shield.
CC Sudbury: 4 Lee Ford 48.9, 20 James Rush 54.1, 29 Darren Rule 57.4, 32 Robert Harman 57.9, 51 Daniel Upton 1.02.4, 58= Charlie Felsted (J) 1.04.3, 58= Doz Bree 1.04.3, 66 Simon Norton 1.10.8
Boxford BC: 36 Samantha Segger 59.0, 43= Matthew Shinn 1.00.2, 48= Chris Steward 1.01.5, 62 Steve Norman 1.05:2
Hadleigh CC: 71Alex Cutmore (Juv) 1.37.0
J = Junior 16-18; Juv = Juvenile under-16