His fitness from a season of road racing in France and an intensive fourweek build-up of 12 hill climbs
came through, however, as he moved up the order from tenth place at the midway split to finish a superb third.
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Then there is the 182km Giant Killer - a long-distance route containing some of Northern Ireland's most infamous hill climbs
and only really suited to serious cyclists.
Evans, who had a number of top placings in hill climbs
in the run-in to this ultimate challenge of the short 'anti-gravity' season, recorded a time of 13 minutes 42 seconds for the 4.
The youngster, though, excels at cyclo-cross and hill climbs
, and he took the bronze in the BSCA national hill climb
championships in 2002-2003.
Shaun Palmer continues to push the envelope in action sports with his involvement in motocross and hill climbs
along with his renowned accomplishments on the snowboarding circuit.
Hannah's ride was particularly impressive as she had a self-confessed hatred of hill climbs
until this year.
At 435 metres in length and with an average gradient of 17% the Monsal climb is considered one of the most prestigious hill climbs
in the country.
Matt Limacher (Onimpex-BioRacer) and Anthony Farrell (Alf Jones Cycles) won the Rhyl CC and Rhos-On-Sea CC hill climbs
at Rhuallt and Llanrwst respectively, both achieving personal bests.
One of the most prestigious hill climbs
on the calendar, Clinton was aiming for victory on The Rake after last year's third place and was comfortably fastest on the bottom half of the course.
THE Farquhar family of mum Kath, 14-year-old daughter Lucy and 12-year-old son Andrew all took part in not one - but two - gruelling hill climbs
in the Holme Valley on Saturday.
CYLCING: Bangor-based Scotsman Chris Green carried his recent good form in local hill climbs
forward to the Fibrax/Wrexham RC Horseshoe Pass Hill Climb