Buxton host top cycling event

CYCLISTS took on the challenge of Long Hill as Buxton Cycling Club hosted the RTTC Hill Climb Championship on Sunday.

Around 150 riders took part in the national event, along a 4.4-mile route between Whaley Bridge and Buxton.

Winner on the day was 24-year-old Swede Gunnar Gronlund (RST Racing Team - Trigon) in a time of 12:49.0. He finished seven seconds ahead of Richard Handley (Team Raleigh, 12:56.1), with Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles, 12:57.5) a further second behind.

Three-time Olympic medallist Rob Hayles (Endura Racing, 13:46.3) finished 14th in what was his last race before retirement from the professional sport.

Buxton CC - Sett Valley Cycles representatives included Chris Baines (46th, 14:40.0), Stuart Baker (84th, 15:51.4), Tom Clark (95th, 16:18.5), Robert Gallagher (109th, 16:42.6) and Jonathan Baines (129th, 17:52.5).