CYCLING: Grantham’s Cocker just misses out on top 20 finish at national hill climb

Peter Cocker on the ascent of Jackson Bridge.

Peter Cocker on the ascent of Jackson Bridge.

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Peter Cocker (PedalPushers) rode the National Hill Climb Championships at Jackson Bridge, just south of Huddersfield, on Sunday.

The 0.9-mile long course had an average gradient of 11 per cent, with short stretches of 20 per cent, and even a short piece downhill.

There was a full field of 240 riders, including 40 ladies and 50 juniors and, after a run of top 10 places in earlier events in the short hill climb season, Peter was targeting a top 20 place.

With an early start time, he led the event for a while with a time of 4min 40.8sec but slipped down the placings as the specialists and road professionals took their turn.

He eventually finish 22nd overall with current national 10 mile TT champion Richard Bussell (RST Sport) taking the win in 4:15.8.