Cycling: Busy but successful weekend for Lee

Buxton CC's Sam Garner in action at the 2013 Monsal Head hill-climb.
Buxton CC's Sam Garner in action at the 2013 Monsal Head hill-climb.
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Last weekend saw the much-anticipated Monsal Head hill-climb promoted by Sheffrec CC, with Buxton riders well represented.

This Peak District event has for many years been popular with both fans and riders, often boasting top-level professional cyclists on its start list.

Sunny and cool conditions ensured that this short but excruciating race was again a success.

The fastest three finishers were all professionals who have featured in televised road races over the summer months.

In first was Jack Pullar (Madison Genesis) with a time of 1:19.9.

Graham Briggs (Rapha Condor JLT) was second with 1:21.4 and in third was ex-Team Sky veteran Russell Downing (Team Net App Endura) with a time of 1:22.5.

The Buxton CC challenge was led by Lee Baldwin who took an excellent seventh place in 1:27.0, Sam Mansfield was 38th in 1:44.5 and Sam Garner was 62nd in 1:49.7.

• Elsewhere, Rossendale Road Club held their annual hill-climb on the Crown Point hill out of Burnley.

Sam Mansfield made a fine effort to finish sixth in a time of 3:05.9 and also won the prize for fastest junior. The overall winner, Aidan Holgate (North Lancashire RC), finished in 2:43.2.

The weekend also saw Lee Baldwin competing in the Otley CC hill-climb in Yorkshire.

The prolific Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chimnoy Racing Team) won both stages but Baldwin pushed him close, finishing in a respectable second place.