lymouth’s Andrew Feather (Bike Chain Ricci) has certainly left his mark on this year’s South West Hill Climb season.
Having won the Widecombe and Cycle Sport South Hams events recently, Feather capped those efforts when he set a new course record at City Cycle Couriers’ Jennycliff climb to the east of Plymouth.
Feather stormed up the 0.7-mile ‘wall’, from the Jennycliff car park to Staddon Heights Golf Club, in two minutes, 23.3 seconds, an average of 17.6 miles-per-hour.
It beat the previous best time set by Plymouth Corinthian’s Adrian Sluman in 2015 by eight seconds.
Early starter Harrison Wood (Mid-Devon CC), in his first event since a painful crash in a road race in Italy last month, set a target of 2:42.2, which eventually earned the Torquay junior third place.
The runner-up was regular road race winner James Hywel-Davies (Gillingham & District Wheelers) in 2:37.3.
Last year’s winner Josh Coyne (Okehampton CC) was fourth in 2:43.4, with James Cartlidge (Plymouth Corinthian) fifth in 2:47.2 and Ben Kerwin (Tavistock Wheelers) sixth in 2:52.7.
Dawlish doctor Jenny Corser (RGB Building Supplies) was the fastest lady, crossing the line in 3:41.1, beating Martina Geraghty (Penzance Wheelers) (3:48.1).