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GTC junior races uphill to podium place

Club member Kate Richardson has claimed an impressive podium place in a British competition that requires cyclists to race up a hill.

The 18-year-old from Giffnock took third place in the junior female category of the National Hill Climb Championship.

Competitors ride one effort of 800 metres on Streatley Hill in Oxfordshire, with a gradient up to 25%.

Kate said: “It was very hard and I rode my maximum effort. I’m very happy with the result.”

Kate, right, takes third place as a the female junior in the hill climb event.

With very few races taking place in 2020 due to Covid-19, Kate was delighted to be able to compete in the British champs.

She said: “I guess it might seem like a long way to travel to do one 800 metre race but it was worth it because there has been so few opportunities for races this year.

“I went off hard from the start and that meant I ended up suffering higher up the hill. It’s a brutal event.”

Kate finished in just three minutes and 21 seconds. Unusually, the race attracted a high number of female cyclists after a special campaign.

Kate said: “Around 30 per cent of the field were female, which was great to see. There had been a campaign to get more females to take part in the race and that meant there was more competition and a great atmosphere.

“I enjoyed the whole event and getting a medal felt really good.”

Kate is a very promising athlete.

Kate’s future hopes

Kate is a promising Scottish triathlete and has represented Scotland in the sport. She is part of the Triathlon Scotland Confirmation Squad.

She has stood on the podium in many races including a second place in the British Duathlon Champs 2019 and a third in last year’s Scottish Schools Road Race Champs.

She was also the Scottish Cycling National Hill Climb Champion in 2018, aged 15. In the same year, she was the Scottish National 15 Mile Road Cycling Time Trial Champion; the Scottish National 10 Mile Road Cycling Time Trial Champion; second in the Scottish National Triathlon Championships; third in the British Duathlon Champs and third in the Scottish Aquathlon Champs, among others.

She came to triathlon after enjoying success on the tennis court and then taking part in her first aquathlon in 2012.

Kate said: “My passion is now triathlon and I hope one day to make it to a Commonwealth Games. Like many athletes, I dream of the Olympics one day, too.”