Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rider Enjoys His Big Day

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rider Enjoys His Big Day

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Jonathan Dayus beat his Arctic/Shorter Roachford RT team-mate James Dobbins to win the National Hill Climb at Elsdon.

In doing so he shattered the predicted winning times for the 2.2-mile gradient of the Gibbet.

Third place went to Scot Alex Coutts (Flanders-Afin-com), who had returned from Belgium for the event as Tim Bayley joined Dayus and Dobbins to make up the third counter for the team award.

Matt Clinton (Coventry CC) upset the form book for the event's winning time as first man off.

The estimated eight and a half minutes was beaten by over a minute and a quarter, Clinton's 7-12-1 good enough for an eventual 19th place.

While the Gibbet is not exactly the severest of hills, the continuously variable gradient, which also includes a slight downhill section, provided a constant irritation among those unfamiliar with the terrain.

Defending champion Jim Henderson was one who knew his only chance on such a long, drawn-out course was to make up time on the severest part just after the start.

However, he seemed to totally misjudge the incline and resorted to crawling up it with gears crunching as he attempted to find the correct one.

While Henderson's halfway time was the joint second fastest of the day, his slight figure could not last the distance and he finished in fourth.

La Pedale Creusutine's David Clarke was another who saw his hopes dashed as he unshipped his chain in the first 100 yards.

He was one of many to try and take a run at the hill from the flat start and change gear at the last minute.

Local hopes were slim but Martin Gibson (Houghton CC) did well on a course he knows well to just miss out on a top-20 placing with Bannatyne CRT's Glen Turnbull right behind him.

The region, however, did have some success as Ethan and Hannah Conlin came away with the juniors 13 years and junior Girls prizes respectively

Terry Tiffen scored his second silver medal position of this season's National Trophy with a fine performance at Ipswich. …

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