National Hill Climb Championships 2011

 

The 2011 National Hill Climb Championships was held on Long Hill between Whaley Bridge and Buxton. – 4.44 miles long, 3.2% gradient. After a bit of rain in the morning it was unseasonably warm and sunny. The good weather attracted quite a lot of spectators to line the route up the climb. There was a great view down the valley from the top which the spectators could appreciate – if not the riders!

Gunnar Gronlund

Gunnar Gronlund - 1st

After coming into great late season form, Gunnar Gronlund won in a time of 12.49. Richard Handley capped off a great season by coming second and Matt Clinton did a storming ride to squeeze into the medals just ahead of George Atkins. I was in 5th place, 13 seconds adrift of Gunnar.

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Result 2011

Pos Rider Club Time N1 N2 N3
1
GUNNAR GRONLUND
RST RACING TEAM – TRIGON
12:49.0
M
2
RICHARD HANDLEY
TEAM RALEIGH
12:56.1
M
3
MATT CLINTON
MIKE VAUGHAN CYCLES
12:57.5
M
4
GEORGE ATKINS
VELO ECOSSE-MONTPELIERS
12:58.9
M
5
TEJVAN PETTINGER
SRI CHINMOY CYCLING TEAM
13:02.4
M
6
MICHAEL HUTCHINSON
IN GEAR QUICKVIT TRAINSHARP R.T
13:07.0
M
7
JAMES WILLIAM TUCKER
SOUTH PENNINE RC
13:10.9
M
8
MIKE CUMMING
TWENTY 3 C – ORBEA
13:15.8
M
9
PETER TADROS
IN GEAR QUICKVIT TRAINSHARP R.T
13:19.5
M
A
10
DAVID CLARKE
ENDURA RACING
13:22.5
M

National Hill Climb 2011

Lyn Hamel crossing line.
1st Women Lyn Hamel Herbalife/ Wheelbase 15:38.6

1st Junior – JOSH TEASDAL TEAM JEWSON – MI RACING – THULE – CNP

 

Michael Hutchinson

Michael Hutchinson – not a natural climber but finished 6th on this long ‘roadman’s course.

Rob Hayles

rob hayles

a great shot of Rob Hayles in his last race.

The national hill climb championship was Rob Hayles last race in a long and illustrious career, which included three Olympic track medals. Two World Championship Golds (2005) and British National Road Race 2008.

Pete Tadros

Pete Tadros

Pete Tadros riding fixed and lightweight wheels, 9th and first Vet.
National Hill Climb 2011
David Clarke.

Danny AxfordDanny Axford (Arctic Shorter) looking aero.

My Race

Tejvan Pettinger

I was happy with build up to race, everything seemed to go well this season. It was interesting been featured in Cycling Weekly, but on the day I didn’t feel nervous.

At the start I pulled my foot out of cleats (something that never happened in race before. But, apart from that race went well. It’s hard to remember much, though it was nice to have commentary from David Harmon (Eurosport) at half way stage. Also a good touch was seeing the signs 500m to go and 250m to go. At the end I thought I’d done quite a good race, but it wasn’t to be. 5th was perhaps disappointing after winning 10 hill climbs out of 10 this season. But, as I said in the preview to the race, it all depends on what you do on the day.

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view from top

Thanks to Sam and Buxton CC for putting on a great event and great cakes. It was also a nice touch to get a musette bag from Sett Valey Cycles.

Next year, I’ll probably come back to ride Long Hill again. Next time I will take my time trial bike, it seemed many of top guys were riding time trail bikes rather than road bikes with aero bars.

2012 National Championship on the Rake

Next year the national hill climb championship is on the Rake in Ramsbottom. At 25%, at least I won’t have to worry about whether I should be riding a time trial bike :)

But, I won’t be training for the rake for quite a while!

Thanks also to other members of Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team who came to support and take some photos.

Photos of Race

photos cycling weekly
Buxton CC

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Video of Race

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9 Responses to National Hill Climb Championships 2011

  1. Bob Muir November 1, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Greate Ride but despite what all the reports say it was not really a hill climb hill. I freewheeled down and then rode up and was surprised to be passing riders (I was passed by far more than I passed).
    Role on next year when it’s on a classic.

  2. pj October 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    you’ve had an amazing season, and although yesterday wasn’t to be, your ride on burrington this year is the best individual hillclimb i’ve ever seen. been great to ride the hills again, and see you next year!

  3. pj October 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    a fantastic ride tejvan, up against people who have been riding professionally all season. your ride on burrington was my highlight of the season, so impressive to see. the BSCC will be talking about that one for many years to come.

  4. sheldon October 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    Hi Tejvan,
    when I saw the results I was slightly disappointed because I thought you would win or finish in the top 3. However as you say in your report on the day the riders who beat you did great rides. Having watched the video footage of the race it looked quite a busy road. I hope you come back to ride the Otley CC events next year and maybe the steeper climbs suit you. Always good to read your bloggs, have good winter and I will look out for your results in the spring.
    Regards Sheldon Howcroft OTLEY CC

    • tejvan November 1, 2011 at 9:55 am #

      cheers Sheldon. Definitely hope to be at Otley next year.

  5. Patanga October 31, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    Great race!

    I like this photo – full of poetry.

    - http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/galleries/photos/34288/6/4/british-hill-climb-national-championships-2011.html

  6. 100climbs October 31, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Hi Tejvan, hard luck missing the top 3, I’d tipped you for the win and was really hoping you’d pull it of. Still, 10 wins and 1 5th is a pretty good season all the same.

  7. Danny A October 31, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Good photo of me there.
    Bad luck on finishing out of the medals, I really thought you were going to do it this year. It was however a very competitive field.
    I think the head wind did you no favours. This slowed the rate of climbing down, meaning that it became less a factor of power to weight and more a factor of power to aerodynamic drag. And since you are tall and thin this change in the decisive variable had more of an effect on you than someone who is shorter and rounder. On such a shallow grade the wind can make more of a difference to the rate of climbing than on a steep grade. I think a tail wind or a steeper grade would have got you a better placing, all other things being equal.

    • tejvan October 31, 2011 at 11:52 am #

      Cheers Danny, I guess aerodynamics won’t be so important next year on the rake…. though I think Gunnar is similar weight to me (i’m 61KG) so it shows what a good ride he did.

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