The hill climb championship took place on Bank Road, Matlock. The road was closed to traffic. The distance of the climb was about 830m. Average gradient 14%. Maximum Gradient 20%. Weather was good for late October. There was a full field of 150 riders.
Matt Clinton mikevaughan.co.uk – 2008 Winner time 2.24.2
I finished 14th in a time of 2.42.3. I was quite pleased with my time for a hill which wasn’t ideal to my liking. It was very close at the top, with just 2 seconds separating the top 3 – Bill Bell, Jim Henderson and Matt Clinton. The first women was Lynn Hamel, 2.59
There was a good crowd at the steepest part. At this point I was already a bit dizzy in the head. My arms were drained of blood like pins and needle. After the steep corner, there was another 200m of relatively shallow climb. Although it was shallow, it was hard to go much faster.
Stewart House (10) at the start. The event was well organised by Matlock CC and other local clubs. It’s great to race on closed roads.
I enjoyed the race alot. I really felt I had raced at my limit. I will have to try and find an extra 18 seconds for next year.
National Hill Climb 2008
|2||Bill Bell||Gemini BC||02:25.4|
|3||Jim Henderson||Southport CC||02:26.5|
|4||Dave Griffiths||Paramount RT||02:29.6|
|5||Lewis Cowley||Plan B RT||02:30.2|
|7||Charles Taylor||South Pennine RC||02:31.4|
|8||Adam Pinder||Blackburn & District CTC||18||02:34.6|
|9||Adrian Rodgers||Worthing Excelsior CC||02:35.2|
|10||Darren Atkins||Coventry RC||02:39.5|
|11||Daniel Arblaster||Guernsey Velo Club||17||02:40.4|
|12||Ian Stott||Blackburn & District CTC||02:41.0|
|13||James McLaughlin||Guernsey Velo Club||18||02:42.1|
|14||Tejvan Pettinger||Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team||02:42.3|
|15||Adrian Lawrence||Lancashire RC||02:43.5|
|16||Chris Metcalf||Matlock CC||02:43.5|
|17||Robert Gough||John’s Bike RT||02:43.7|
|18||James Ward||Cambridge CC||02:44.8|
|19||Robin Coomber||Johns Bike’s RT||02:44.8|
|20||Chris Edmondson||Blackburn & District CTC||02:45.0|
results at CTT
Hill Climb page