Club Hill Climb – Provisional results
What a fabulous evening for a stroll up a hill! Certainly 46 riders thought so, as they came out to contest ACM’s Cycling Hill Climb Championship Race up Kourarau Hill (Te Wharau Road). Some of those riders were not so much strolling as flying, and there were a number of remarkably good times posted this evening. Both Roberts boys to mention just two.
The hill climb is a time trial event, with no draughting allowed. You are allowed to use the riders in front of you for motivation to – go faster, harder, produce more power, or just plain grovel to get past them – but you can’t sit on their wheel having a free ride. Hill climbs are rather different to flat time trials, and hills can be the ‘skinny riders’ play-ground. It is all about the power to weight ratio, and an ability to ignore legs and lungs screaming at you to stop. Riders who fly up hills, know that the quicker they get to the top the sooner the pain goes away!
As a Championship race, riders can test how well they climb against others in their age category, as well as racing for overall climbing honours. On the start line there was a considerable amount of banter between riders, but as was commented on, with a race that is seeded so that the top riders leave last, the banter ceases altogether when there are only a handful of riders left in the start box! It all becomes quite serious.
In the junior races, champions emerged who were clearly quicker than their closest rivals. In the Open Men, Mark Langlands emerged as the clear winner, but an arm wrestle took place for second and third with Richard van Lent pipping Ben Knight by a few seconds. In the Women’s Open race another arm wrestle for the championship took place with Emily Lutyens taking the win by a fraction of a second from Belinda Fuller, with Lesley Mouat a few seconds back in 3rdplace. Congratulations to all riders this evening, but especially to our Champions for 2020:
U17 Girl: Kate Speedy
U17 Boy: Caleb Roberts
U19 Boy: Finn Roberts
Champion woman: Emily Lutyens
Champion man: Mark Langlands
As always, very many thanks to the team of race officials who looked after us out on the road. Next week, is a Graded Road Race starting from the Whangaehu hall out to Bideford and back.
Overall results can be found:http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/OverallResults.pdf
Age Group Results:http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/AgeGroup-1.pdf