Boxford Bike Club’s Samantha Segger smashed a 13-year-old record held by Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton at Cycle Club Sudbury’s annual hill climb at Semer.
The highlight of a highly-competitive event on Sunday was Segger scorching up the 500-yard course in 54.7 seconds.
Segger, who says she rides for fun, and was the winner of the women’s category last year, in 59secs, took almost two seconds off the record of 56.6 set by Victoria Pendleton (Mildenhall CC) in 2002. Pendleton later won gold medals at European, World and Olympic level.
“Last year’s victory was my first competitive ride,” said Segger, who only took up the sport at Boxford BC in July 2014.
“I’ve had a couple of criterium this year, but the hill climb was really my first competitive outing of 2015.”
Segger was surprised to have broken the record. “I started in the wrong gear, and was thinking the ride was rubbish,” she said.
But as she was riding back to Semer Village Hall later, two clubmates overtook her in a car and shouted out the result.
“I’m over the moon. Although I do it for fun, I do enjoy a bit of competition,” said Segger, who picked up a new trophy donated by Boxford BC for the fastest woman rider.
Breaking the record earned her £75 prize money from sponsors, Robins Row of Long Melford, and being first woman another £40 from sponsors Lifecycle UK, Bildeston.
“That will go towards my air fare on the club trip to Italy next year,” said Segger, who aims to defend her crown in 2016.
Lee Ford was the fastest CC Sudbury rider, taking 12th place in 48.5 seconds.
Molly Cutmore (CC Sudbury), 13, made her hill climb debut and was the fastest female juvenile (under-16).
There was a record entry of 78, with 67 actually starting.
And they were roared on by a crowd of more than 200 near the top of the climb.
Fastest overall was Fabian Horrocks (Veloschills Interbike RT) in 43.9, just half-a-second outside the overall course record.
He was also the fastest junior (under-18).
Last year’s winner, Frank Longstaff (Colchester Rovers), finished second in 44.6.
Manningtree Wheelers successfully defended their team title.
The event incorporated the Eastern District Hill Climb Championship, with the individual honour going to Daniel Zagni (Ipswich BC) who finished third overall in 46.5.
Ipswich, who were second fastest team, retained their Eastern District team title.