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.
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 MikeVaughan.co.uk 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.