Club Championship Hill Climb

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The Hill Climb Championships, the final Club Championship race for the season, is also the shortest race of our cycle season, contested as an individual time trial over a mere 6.5 km from the bottom of Admiral hill to the first summit. Being the shortest race does not make it the easiest by any matter of means and this is traditionally the race on the calendar that is well and truly oversubscribed by volunteers offering to marshall rather than race. As with other club Championship events, in addition to those who are contesting the ‘Open Championships’, many turn up to race against those in their age group.

Starting at 30 second intervals riders find the hill starts off innocuously enough with a bit of false flat, but as soon as you round the first bend the gradient increases and you know that you have to find a good cadence and settle into your effort. The first steeper pitch takes you around the hairpin bend and if you are wise you find a good line not too far left where the gradient is not quite so steep. There is a slight lessening of gradient shortly afterwards, but you have yet to face ‘the wall’. ‘The wall’ is the steepest section of the climb at a gradient of up to 13% for about half a km. This is a ‘stand up, sit down, stand up again’ kind of gradient, that is just plain hard graft to get up. Everyone’s legs do some screaming as they fill up with lactic acid on this part of the climb. Even the best climbers find it hard to ‘dance on the peddles’ up this section. There is some respite once you crest the top of the wall, with chance to catch your breath and increase the cadence once again as the hill flattens then tilts down briefly before the gradient pitches upwards once more. But now you know that the worst is over and it’s just a matter of survival and maintaining the effort for a few minutes more before the final sprint that expends every last ounce of energy, to finish with nothing left in the tank.

The open championships in both the men’s and women’s races where hotly contested with a matter of only a few seconds separating riders. Congratulations, mountain goat awards and bragging rights for the next year go to

Mark Langlands          (men’s champion for the 6thyear in succession) 

Ben Knight                  2ndman

Simon Pumfrey           3rdman

Belinda Fuller              women’s champion 

Lesley Mouat             2ndwoman

Emily Lutyens              3rdwoman

Congratulations also to our junior champions, especially those for whom this was their first attempt at Admiral hill:

Finn Roberts                1stU 17 boy

Caleb Roberts              1stU 15 boy

Sydney Blackburn       1stU 19 girl

Annabelle Smith         1stU 17 girl

Kate Speedy               1stU 15 girl

Thanks to race manager and marshalls again this evening. Next week is a handicapped road race using an out and back course on Bideford Road. 

Provisional Full Results:

NoRiderStart timeFinish timeRide time
90Mark Langlands0:25:000:42:230:17:23Champion man
13Ben Knight0:24:300:42:210:17:512nd man
70Simon Pumfrey0:22:300:41:070:18:373rd man
119Jeff Saywell0:22:000:40:530:18:53
18Dave Drummond0:20:000:39:190:19:19
142Duncan Cameron0:17:300:37:190:19:49
46Derek Roberts0:23:000:42:540:19:54
147Johnny Burkhart0:07:000:27:310:20:31
44Craig Mangin0:21:300:42:010:20:31
101Eddy Kuipers0:24:000:44:320:20:32
73Erik D’Arbois0:23:300:44:090:20:39
92Phil Sutherland0:19:000:40:150:21:15
5Belinda Fuller0:09:000:30:170:21:17Champion woman
10Lesley Mouat0:09:300:30:510:21:212nd woman
41Gareth Price0:19:300:41:030:21:33
153Simon Mole0:16:000:37:490:21:49
36Devan Simmonds0:21:000:43:430:22:43
61Darren Southon0:07:300:30:270:22:57
96Andrew Linton0:18:300:41:300:23:00
76Peter Lee0:11:000:34:120:23:12
12Ricky Blade0:14:300:37:460:23:16
77Terry Blackburn0:16:300:39:510:23:21
117Simon Butler0:20:300:44:050:23:35
40Finn Roberts0:10:300:34:110:23:411st U 17 boy
89Emily Lutyens0:08:300:32:200:23:503rd Woman
87Stephen Yeats0:11:300:35:270:23:57
60John Allen0:15:300:39:280:23:58
48Caleb Roberts0:13:000:37:070:24:071st U 15 Boy
72Rex Dowding0:12:300:36:430:24:13
75Andy Curtis-Cody0:18:000:42:170:24:17
100Steve Brown0:14:000:38:200:24:20
24Bill Van Woerkom0:17:000:41:270:24:27
14Brian Sanders0:15:000:39:400:24:40
33Steve Hannam0:12:000:37:310:25:31
34Kirsten Goodin0:08:000:33:570:25:57
51David Hodder0:05:000:32:060:27:06
2Andi Bond0:13:300:41:280:27:58
21Anil Raman0:06:000:34:260:28:26
19Duncan Ellis0:06:300:35:290:28:59
85Viv Bunny0:03:300:33:170:29:47
Kate Speedy0:02:300:32:190:29:491st U 15 Girl
22Mike Parker0:04:000:34:150:30:15
43John Murray0:10:000:40:460:30:46
78Sydney Blackburn0:04:300:35:420:31:121st U 19 Girl
57Karen Blade0:03:000:35:430:32:43
154Jono Didsbury0:01:000:34:060:33:06
3Mark Jerling0:05:300:40:500:35:20
65Annabelle Smith0:01:300:44:080:42:381st U 17 Girl
62Lucy Stevens0:02:00DNFDNF

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