Westclose Hill

View from top of Westclose Hill.

Saturday was was a hill climb in the Mendips, Somerset. Quite an interesting climb. Over a mile long, the gradient gets steeper as you near the top. The bottom is fairly shallow with a small section of downhill. Towards the top there are a couple of sections at 16%. Before a final flattish ‘sprint’ for the top. It requires a solid pacing strategy and also you need to take the changes of gradient in your stride.

West Close Hill

I arrived a little late so didn’t have time to have a practise climb. I rode around the village of Westbury and warmed up for about 30-40 minutes. It was a tough climb as the gradient is constantly changing. It’s not a climb to sit in the saddle. As it gets steep, you need to get out of the saddle to maintain the power.

I finished in a time of 5.28 which was good enough for 1st place. Ahead of James Dobbin, Paul Jones and Neil Blessit.

It was quite a bit slower, than Jim Henderson’s course record in the 2000 National Championships. Jim wrote a report here, and mentioned in 2000 there was a ‘roaring tailwind’ But, when I finished quite spent, I wasn’t sure how it would have been possible to find an extra 20 seconds.

West Close Hill

After the race, I spent a bit of time taking photos. You could just make out Glastonbury Tor in the distance. The sun was creeping through the clouds and it was pleasantly mild. A great day for cycling. After racing, it was nice to have a bit of ‘social’ cycling to enjoy the weather. It was a fairly small field, but for a hill climb not bad. Nice event organised by Weston Wheelers.

West Close Hill

Looking down the hill from half way. When riding it feels much steeper than it looks.

West Close Hill

A flatish section before last lunge to the line.

Weston Wheelers RC 2011

1 Tejvan Pettinger Sri Chinmoy CT 05:28.3 S
2 James Dobbin Adeo Cadence RT 05:54.7 S
3 Paul Jones Bristol South CC 06:00.7 S
4 Neil Blessitt Severn Road Club 06:08.7 V
5 Thomas Baylis Mid-Devon CC 06:29.5 J
6 Marc Allen Swindon RC 07:01.3 V
7 Kye Martin Mid-Devon CC 07:09.2 J

West Close Hill

START in Rodney Stoke approximately 150 yards from A371 at steel cover 3 yards beyond far gatepost to water station (OS Grid Ref. ST 492498) and FINISH opposite fence post on right level with beacon/underground reservoir.

Length 1979 metres

Height gain 172 metres


Hill Climbs

2 Responses to Westclose Hill

  1. Hurumph October 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Great to have the little OS map and the graph – and the links to Flikr allow you to see the Tor easily :-)

  2. pj October 17, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    it’s a great climb – technical and challenging, and the view is fantastic. I can imagine that when the wind does pick up and blows up off the channel and across the levels, it’s going to pretty much shove you up the hill.

    still – another great ride, looking forward to reading about Burrington!

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