When the big boys ride into town, you’d want to bring out your best on your home cycling routes, and of course, get it recorded on Strava.
Usually, you can wave goodbye to any hope of hanging on to your Strava King of Mountains (KoM), but when the Tour of Britain passed into Scotland, one local amateur cycling enthusiast held off the big boys.
Liam Beaty set his best time up the exotically named ‘B6357 climb’ segment just two weeks ago on August 25, with an average speed of 16.9mph (25.7kmh) up the 2.7mi(4.34km) hill, which averages four per cent, for a time of 9-35.
When the Tour of Britain passed over the border on its way to Kelso on Tuesday, Madison-Genesis’s Matt Cronshaw was the closest rider to matching that time, falling six seconds short.
JLT-Condor rider Graham Briggs finished eighth on the stage and picked up the same number of KoMs along the 139mi(223.6km) route, including the Dingleton Climb – the final ascent on the course – but saw that snatched straight away by Madison-Genesis‘s Tom Stewart.
Read more at Cycling Weekly UK