National Hill Climb Championship 2009


At the top of the hill – Dave Clarke left, Dan Fleeman right

It was the last race of the season at the weekend. A three – four minute climb on Pea Royd Lane, Stocksbridge. The hill was pretty steep all the way up, with a nasty turn half way up. Like all National Championships it was a good event, well organised by Thurcroft CC. The road is closed to traffic and there were quite a few spectators on the 0.65 mile hill. It’s the kind of hill that really makes you suffer by the time you get to the top.

On Last Hair Pin - Photo by Techno

On Last Hair Pin - Photo by Techno

I finished 12th,10 seconds off 3rd place but 32 seconds off the winner, Dan Fleeman. Dan rides for Cervelo, a top European road team. His time for that hill is amazing.

1  Dan Fleeman Cervelo Test Team 03:17.8
2   Matt Clinton 03:31.6
3   Jim Henderson Southport CC 03:39.4
4   Michael Smith Team Milton Keynes 03:39.9
5  Adam Pinder Blackburn & District CTC 03:43.1
6  David Clarke Pendragon Kalas RT 03:43.4
7  David Griffiths Paramount CRT 03:44.0
8  Charles Taylor South Pennine RC 03:46.0
9  Robert Gough Chippenham & District Wheelers 03:47.4
10  Mike Cuming Raleigh Avanti 03:47.5
11  Chris Myhill Peak RC 03:48.1
12  Tejvan Pettinger Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team 03:49.6

Full Results at CTT

Below is a video of event


Me warming up at the start.


A spectator, enjoying the racing.

At the top, all riders got a free bottle of water from the Co-op. At the sign on we got a free mug, so if that isn’t incentive to have a go next year, I don’t know what is.

7 Responses to National Hill Climb Championship 2009

  1. tejvan October 27, 2009 at 7:38 am #


    It was a bit windy, gusting. It’s hard to say how much effect it had.

  2. Rodney Dunning October 27, 2009 at 3:04 am #

    That’s a great result Tejvan. Good work. Same for Dave & Lycralad. That looks like a very tough hill.

    Fleeman must have a had propeller— nearly 14 seconds clear of second place!

    Was the wind an important factor?

  3. Lycralad October 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm #

    Great time. Well done.
    I took part due to it being in my home town.
    This was only the 3rd hill climb i had ever entered and was chuffed to bits with 4.58, 79th place.

    • paul September 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

      This is a spooky coincidence but it appears ‘lycraclad’ featured in my fictionalised account of these champs in the now defunct (sadly) testing times.I can send you a copy if you like but if you google testing times back issues and check out the December 2009 issue you may get a laugh out of it ?

  4. Dave Preece October 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm #

    Well done on 12th place.. Dan Fleemans time was incredible! I was quite pleased with my time which was 1 minute down on yours, how anyone can get up there as fast as Dan did is just amazing!


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