National Hill Climb Championship 2012

The 2012 championship was held on the Rake, a short brutal climb from the town of Ramsbottom. The race was well organised by  Lancashire RC, with a closed road, and despite the weather, a very good crowd. The deserving winner was Jack Puller (Wheelbase.co.uk) in a very good time of 2.21. Under better conditions, the course record may have gone. Last years’ winner G.Gronlund pulled out a good ride to finish second and Matt Clinton finished third. The womens’ winner was Lynn Hamel Team Herbalife/Leisure Lakes Bikes.

rake

photo Bob Muir

I spent Saturday driving up north (I got to meet Jack Puller at Lancaster, Edge Cycle works for collecting a £250 cheque for breaking the course record (post coming up)  It was good to hear Jack has high ambitions to race on the continent next year in some top level road racing. With his natural climbing ability perhaps he could be the next J. Tiernan Locke we shall see…

 

The only last minute change I made to my bike was putting on a heavier road tubular so that it was less likely to slip in the forecast wet weather.

On Sunday, there was a fine drizzle throughout the day which doesn’t make the Rake any easier. As Peter Kay would say that fine drizzle that soaks you through. I was warming up on my turbo and rollers. (long story why I was using both) but, managed to keep fairly dry. I had a bit of pre race nerves on Saturday, but once on the bike felt fine.

The race went pretty well until the really steep bit, somehow I found myself massively overgeared, and slowed down quite a bit (it reminded my of climbing Wrynose pass earlier in the year into a headwind on a 39*23 earlier in the year. This was even more unpleasant, despite a very generous crowd cheering me on.

Usually in a hill climb all the pain is in your head and heart, but this time my legs felt like absolute lead. I had it in my mind that when you get to the steep bit, you shouldn’t be changing gears, so I powered on longer than I should. I was trying to effectively big ring up a 23% climb – it might have been a good theory if I had legs like Chris Hoy, but I’m a rouleur more suited to spinning it up long climbs. It was a strange experience, it felt like more like swimming through treacle than sprinting to the finish;  the legs weren’t there to match the intentions. So much for experience, I did better when a novice back in 2005.  As a  cricket commentator would say – ‘schoolboy error’

13 is my lucky number, so I was happy to be wearing number 130; though I was slightly less happy to end up finishing  13th. I was never really going to shine on the Rake, but I could have ridden the climb better. Anyway, it’s all a good laugh really….

 

Personally, its a bit disappointing the last two national championships haven’t turned out too well (for different reasons). I don’t think it was mistimed form, just using wrong bike in 2011 and ending up being over geared on a climb that didn’t play to my strengths.

Well the good news is next years hill climb will be on a different climb, so hopefully it will turn out a little different.  I shall now go and have a piece of chocolate cake and put the feet up for at least one day, before beginning winter training. I shall be doing lots of miles, but not necessarily up short steep hill climbs.

I can at least claim one bragging right from the season as the only person to go faster than Jack Puller on a hill climb. He is unbeaten in all hill climbs ever. But, in 2012,  I went 2 seconds quicker on Jubilee Tower a few weeks after he did it. (It was on a different day so not comparable, but it still kind of sounds good – in a clutching at straws kind of way :) ) I bit like the rather hollow boast last year I beat Michael hutchinson in a time trial when I was on  a road bike, and he was on a TT bike.

 

 

Results


Pos Rider Club Time N1 N2 N3 Notes
1
Jack Pullar
wheelbase.co.uk MGD
02:21.3
M
13.707
2
Gunnar Gronlund
RST Racing Team
02:26.0
M
13.266
3
Matt Clinton
MikeVaughan.co.uk
02:29.0
M
12.999
4
Lee Baldwin
Buxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles
02:29.5
M
12.955
5
Matthew Pilkington
Team B Global
02:30.6
M
12.861
6
James Allen
Seffrec CC
02:31.4
M
12.793
7
Robert Gough
Arctic Sram RT
02:32.9
M
12.667
8
Glyndwr Griffiths
Bristol South Cyclng Club
02:37.5
M
12.297
9
James Knox
Kent Valley RC
02:40.4
M J 16
12.075
10
Richard Cartland
Team Corley Cycles
02:40.8
M
12.045
11
Adam Kenway
www.buzzcycles.co.uk
02:40.9
M
12.037
12
Dan Evans
Rhos on Sea CC
02:41.0
M
12.030
13
Tejvan Pettinger
SRI Chinmoy Cycling Team
02:41.8
M
11.970
14
David Crawley
Beacon Whs CC
02:42.2
M
11.941
15
Mark Tickle
Leigh Premier RC
02:43.2
M
11.868
16
Matthew Lawton
Macclesfield Whs
02:45.2
M
11.724
17
Pete Tadros
In Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT
02:45.4
M 42 A
11.710
18
Tony Kiss
Rapid Performance Coaching RT
02:45.5
M
11.703
19
James Wilson
supernovacycles.co.uk
02:45.7
M
11.689
20
Ashley Proctor
Sportscover Altura RT
02:45.9
M J 18
11.675
21
Nicholas Latimer
Rutland CC
02:46.0
M
11.667
22
Matt Clarke
Halesowen C & AC
02:46.0
M
11.667
23
Jonathan Shubert
High Wycombe CC
02:47.0
M
11.598
24
John Storms
Kingston Whs CC
02:47.1
M 45 B
11.591
25
Sam Ward
Otley Cycle Club
02:47.6
M
11.556
26
David Cregeen
Biketreks RT
02:47.8
M
11.542
27
Matt Steven
Zappis CC
02:48.2
M
11.515
28
Chris Baines
Buxton CC
02:48.2
M
11.515
29
Mike Cotgreave
Westmead Team 88
02:48.7
M 68 F
11.481
30
Thomas Ballhatchet
Rollapaluza CC
02:49.8
M
11.406


13 Responses to National Hill Climb Championship 2012

  1. jonty pritchard November 2, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    tejvan i think my blog disappeared into cyberspace
    i dont know what happened to it ??!! jonty

  2. tejvan November 2, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Thanks for comments. Only 11.8 months to next years national championships!

  3. jonty pritchard November 2, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    13 lucky for some unlucky for others !! maybe do better next year
    ( what gear did u ride tejvan ) ?? question did u receive my thoughts
    ideas re guinness 24 hour hill climb attempt just wondering !!
    good luck anyway jonty

    • tejvan November 2, 2012 at 8:17 am #

      not sure about which gear I was in.

  4. Al-Bo October 30, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    You can take a lot of pride in all the years of training that have allowed you to even be in the mix at an event like this.

    I’ve really enjoyed following the build-up to this, by the way. Good luck for next year.

  5. Chris Baines October 30, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Never mind Tejvan, not a hill for the tall gangly types! Next year is more appropriate, sorry i didn’t get chance to speak to you more on the day, look forward to seeing you out again next season :)

  6. Hurumph October 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Still very entertaining and informative for the rest of us. Congratulations and thank-you :-)

  7. pj October 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    another amazing season though Tejvan. I was also overgeared, running up the last bit (and all the climb) in 39:18.

    character-building. see you up the road!

  8. Simon Warren October 29, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    Hard look Tejvan, but it’s all about next year, The Stang is your climb. I was thinking about your 24 hours climbing, how about The Bwlch (Hill 99) in south Wales. There are 3 climbs that finish at the same spot. 1 maybe a little shallow but the other 2 are just about right, you have to go have a look.
    Cheers

    Simon

    • tejvan October 29, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      thanks Simon. I’ll check them out. Though I’m always worried Wales has a higher chance of rain! I looked at tumble too.

  9. Harry October 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Bad luck Tejvan, perhaps short, steep climbs aren’t really your thing, but hopefully next year the national hill climb championship course will be long and flat(ish!). Keep up the cycling though, and ensure to continue posting many a fun, helpful and interesting article on this blog.

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