IT was a great weekend for the Blackburn and District CTC hill climbers with two team wins plus the ladies’ prize in each of our Pendle Hill-based events.

On Saturday in the Nelson Wheelers’ promotion at Barley, Team Raleigh professional Mike Cuming was fastest in three minutes 30.2 seconds but the full-time workers of the CTC packed tightly with Carl Helliwell third in 3:46.6, Ian Stott fourth in 3:51.5 and Chris Edmondson sixth in 3:54.9 to take the team award.

The CTC’s Sarah Hartley was fastest lady rider in a time of five minutes 10.8 seconds.

On Sunday at Sabden, Oxford’s Tejvan Pettinger was fastest to the top of the ‘Nick’ in 3:34.5, which was only five seconds short of Chris Boardman’s course record.

Helliwell finished fourth in 4:04.0, Stott sixth in 4:11.6 and Edmondson seventh in 4-20.1 for a second CTC team win with Hartley fastest woman in 5:37.9, while Aidan Holgate of Burnley repeated his junior win on The Rake last week to take the fastest junior accolade in 4:57.1.

The Blackburn and District riders will face a different challenge on Sunday when they are among the 150 on the start card for the National Championship Hill Climb on the 4.44 mile ‘Long Hill’ in Derbyshire. The start is at 11am and the HQ in Whaley Bridge.

The increasing profile of cycle sport in this country takes a further step up on Monday evening when ITV4 screens one hour of highlights from the Revolution Series that will be held at the Manchester Velodrome on Saturday evening.