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'Not perfect but close enough': Dan Evans wins Hill Climb Champs; Jocelin Lowden takes women's title

Joe Robinson
30 Oct 2017

Dan Evans and Jocelin Lowden put in dominant performances to take British National Hill Climb Championships. Photo: Craig Zadoroznyj

Dan Evans and Jocelin Lowden produced dominant performances on Hedley Hill to take the men's and women's British National Hill Climb Championships.

Both managed to live up to their pre-race billings as favourites to take the titles in Northumberland on Sunday.

Taking his second national title, Evans managed to beat defending champion Adam Kenway in to second by five seconds with a time of 3:54:3.

The sub-four minute time set by Evans managed to shave 15 seconds off of the current Strava KOM.

Rounding out the men's podium was Kieran Savage, who at 20-years-old, produced an impressive ride to fend off some of the pre-race favourites to third.

Riding a 44 single chainset with 11-28 rear cassette, Evans told Cyclist that despite his pacing not going to plan, he was still able to beat second-placed Kenway convincingly.

'The first minute I tried to keep a lid on my effort but failed miserably. I have raced Adam four times this year all with a winning margin of five seconds,' Evans said.

'My pacing wasn't perfect but close enough. I rely on power and momentum and the climb wasn't steep by usual hill climb standards.'

In the women's event, Jocelin Lowden continued her rich vein of form with her sixth consecutive hill climb victory to take her first ever national title.

Setting a time of 4:53:4, Lowden managed to out-climb surprise second place Mary Wilkinson, with a winning margin of one second.

In an impressive performance, multiple national time trial champion and pro rider Hayley Simmonds managed to round of the podium, two seconds adrift of Lowden.

In the junior events, George Kimber and Corinne Side took the men's and women's titles respectively.

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