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41 brave folk turned up to take on the mighty Hebden Bridge Buttress on Saturday. The 400 yard cobbled climb took no prisoners and for the majority of riders starting from the old town bridge, guaranteed a lung-burning climb under the gaze of a vocal crowd of spectators and semi-professional hecklers.

The conditions were perfect for a fast time and eventual winner, local cyclocross legend Jack Clarkson, took the title in style, fishtailing uphill as he powered up the stupid-steep climb. Many local riders came out to ride and several onlookers were conned, er, persuaded to have a go.

The full results are below.

Get your best gurn on.

 

Speedy ladies too

 

Crossing the official chalk finish line. Looking a bit pale there…

 

Crying with pain? Or shame?

 

 

 

Tony Lund takes to two-footed propulsion

 

Good natured crowds cheered everyone on.

 

All ages took on the challenge
This tasty Shand ‘cross bike was being shaken down ready for the Three Peaks.

 

Even after the ‘steep’ bit, it wasn’t easy

 

Jack Clarkson, eyes on the prize
Not everyone made the first 50 yards

 

The first bit of the cobbles was the steepest…

 

 

Freaks abounded

 

Young ‘uns

 

The ‘normal people’ prize winners!

 

Elite ladies

 

Clarkson wins the tea!

Pics above by Boulty from Blazing Saddles Bike Shop.
Other pics in the gallery below by Boulty and by Andy Spencer Images

 

The event was the first day of the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival, which is on now, with all sorts of organised rides going on. There’s also going to be a Mountain Bike Film Night in Hebden Bridge Cinema next Thursday, Sept 20th.

 

 

Rider NumberRider NameRide 1Ride 2Category
9Jack Clarkson01:55.4102:03.200Elite Male
23Simon Chopping02:13.50002:18.900Elite Male
25Matt Wilson02:20.20002:31.900Elite Male
8Rob Davies02:20.900Elite Male
15Robin Holt02:23.70002:24.400Elite Male
32Eddie Hibbert03:45.10002:26.180Elite Male
24John Alexander02:28.27002:34.400Elite Male
19Craig Kershaw02:32.400Elite Male
4Steve Williams02:34.430Elite Male
13Stu Spence02:35.50002:55.500Elite Male
22Brant Richards02:36.700Elite Male
28Phil Warburton02:40.50002:56.400Elite Male
30Graham Brown02:46.100Elite Male
29Jim Simpson03:11.30002:56.800Elite Male
39Robert Tyson02:57.20003:20.100Elite Male
3Jack Page03:07.150Elite Male
17Tony Lund03:18.40003:11.700Elite Male
12Rob Longdon03:45.80003:25.200Elite Male
2Tom Parzyk03:31.700Elite Male
41Andy Brunt03:40.290Elite Male
1Clive Greatorex04:31.85003:55.470Elite Male
27David Hall03:56.30003:55.800Elite Male
34Noah Rose04:14.700Elite Male
36Anthony Murphy04:15.220Elite Male
33Geoff Bogacki04:34.600Elite Male
21Dave Johnstone04:58.81004:25.380Elite Male
35Danny Sheard04:58.640Elite Male
31Jack Fillingham01:24.90001:21.900HAH (Male U18)
26Ben Greenwood01:33.90001:38.900HAH (Male U18)
7Ed Townsend01:43.90001:46.900HAH (Male)
5Rebecca Andcliffe01:49.240HAH (Female)
38Sam Persival01:57.90001:50.900HAH  Male
16Stu & Ed (The Tandem)01:59.90003:16.410HAH  Male
37Jake Bogacki02:07.900HAH  U18  Male
6Andy Linton02:22.90002:55.900HAH (Male)
11Thomas Longdon04:35.90003:15.900HAH (Male U18)
14Jenny Holt03:28.70003:27.400Elite Female
20Beate Kubitz04:47.90003:29.220Elite Female
18Anna Leatherborrow04:05.70004:02.180Elite Female
40Sarah Hunt04:48.800Elite Female

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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