Arkesden Hill Climb Championship proves a hit with local cyclists
PUBLISHED: 17:30 07 November 2019
Uttlesford's finest cyclists took part in the inaugural Arkesden Hill Climb Championship on Sunday.
A field of 100 tackled the famous Col du Long Lane near Arkesden, with the beast of a climb being navigated twice.
As well as an individual time trial, cyclists went up again as pairs in head to head races.
Family, friends and local residents created a traditional hill climb atmosphere with horns, cow bells and chanting to encourage everyone up the steep incline.
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Donna Dale took top honours in the women's event, posting the fastest individual time and then breaking away from Claire Hall to win the gold-medal race.
Helena Dyce pulled away from Emma Koppe in the final 100m of the bronze-medal race to claim the other podium spot.
In the men's event, 16-year-old Alex Dale was fastest in the individual event and then showed great speed in the final section of the climb to win the gold-medal race against Jack Stanton-Stock.
Meanwhile, Salvatore Messina pipped Sim Fawsett to the bronze medal.
Organiser Craig Dyce was delighted with the success of the first running of the event and said: "We've proved that Essex does have hills and that Saffron Walden residents come out in numbers to support sporting events."