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Melanie Sneddon uses the gruelling Walbury Hill Climb as a final race effort before the World Masters.

With the renowned Walbury Hill Climb competition being on Melanie’s doorstep and with just a week to go before the World Masters, this was the ideal last hard effort before the Championships. Though not able to compete with the pure hill climbers and lighter competitors for the overall results, Melanie still managed 1st WV40.

Here is Melanie’s account of the race:

“Having deliberated whether to ride the hill in or out of the saddle, I went out too hard at the bottom and lost time on the last section – where it is at its steepest. As I go up this hill at least once a week, I should have learnt, but of course it is one thing to ride it and another to race it!”

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