Tamworthian cyclist Ricki Ellison recently ended his 2020 Hill Climb season in style by achieving a new personal best at the English National Hill Climb Championships in West Berkshire.
Leading up to the event, Ricki completed a series of local climbs in order to achieve his goals. Winwood Heath Road, Holly Lane, Peaslows Hill, and Bank Road in Matlock set him up for the ultimate time-trial. Streatley Hill was chosen for this year’s nationals and the course is over 0.8km in length, with an average gradient of 13% and a maximum of 25.9%. The Glascote athlete finished the arduous ascent in 23rd place with a time of 2:21.8 – an improvement of eighteen places since he made his debut in 2018.
Ricki has been training on hills such as Boot Hill and Orton on the Hill; however, these do not offer the same training advantages that athletes training in the Peak District or the Quantock Hills have on their front doorsteps. This makes his feat even more unique and no doubt there is more to come from Ricki over the next few years.
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