WTTA HILL CLIMB SERIES - #6 University of Bristol

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Belmont is a popular hill amongst the locals and therefore, brings along a great following… both in competitors & spectators. Being a short 3 min climb and having a preference for short climbs, it’s certainly high on my list too... the tight corners are also a nice touch as you wind your way up the hill.

Being a popular climb, there were a lot of big names on the start sheet today as well as a strong presence from the Bristol teams. UOBCC, BSCC & DRK littered the field with quality hill climbers. This was going to be a tough day for series points!

Although the day started a little bit damp it didn’t take long to dry out and warm up… 19 degrees at the end of October was a little bit odd… it’s not quite the same as battling with your own sanity whilst warming up in a car park in the cold & rain.

There is always a nice atmosphere at the bottom of Belmont during this event. A constant flow of riders coming & going… the nervous laughs and comments of those about to start, mixed with the adrenaline fuelled sadists returning from their recent onslaught. It must also form a popular cycling route as there are plenty of cyclist passing through… maybe a common sight in Bristol but not what I’m used to in Dursley.

I’d been watching riders come and go all morning whilst I was warming up and before I knew it, it was my turn to make my way to the start. The usual sarcastic comments pass between me and the time keeper as I try to make sense of reality. 30 seconds… 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, GO! It’s not long before you’re already through the tight bends at the bottom, through that ‘downhill’ section and you’re staring up at that long straight… which is just about the same time the lactic starts to build in your legs… your mind attempts to stop you… it becomes a battle of will power… will your mind trick you into backing off… or will you overcome the temptation and battle through it. Finally, you reach the end of the long straight… you know its just the last few bends… around the last corner and you can see the finish… you can hear the crowed… it doesn’t matter what pain you feel now… you just bury yourself until you reach the line!

Once you’ve got on top of your breathing, you start to forget the pain and discomfort you’ve just been through. The only evidence of the effort you’ve put in is a dry empty cough and a pale complexion. Conversations quickly turn into speculation on performances and winners… when you hear of 2:55’s you quickly realise your 3:06 isn’t a winning time.

King Kirby’ took his first win (and a course record)… He's always been on or near the podium... but not quite on top... a plague that has battled him for a while. The guy is on epic form and this win is well deserved. Charles Coleman narrowly misses out on silver as Jacob Pilkington takes 0.2s off him with consistently dominant performances from both of them. Between these 3, they’ve left little opportunity for the rest of us. Great riding guys!

After years of Jo Jago wishing for some more competition, she’s finally met her match with UOBCC’s Kate Mactear taking the win in the ladies yet again… but only by 0.3s this time! DRK’s Lucy Rowe takes up 3rd position in a strong performance and only just over 1s behind Jo. Great to see such a high level of competition in the ladies events now… long may it continue!

Meanwhile, although Gordon Markus had his first clear run at this hill after getting stuck behind traffic in recent years, he wasn’t able to hold off Phil Stonelake in the Vets as he takes another strong victory!

It was another gold for UOBCC in the joiniors as well with James Pittard taking top spot with an impressive 3:25.

It’s hotting up in the overall series points with a consistently strong level of competition in all categories this year. Going to be exciting to watch this unfold over the next few weeks!

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Position First Name Last Name Club Precise Time
1 Andrew Kirby University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 02:55.7
2 Jacob Pilkington Velo Club Montpellier 02:56.4
3 charles coleman DRK Racing 02:56.6
4 Ed Laverack JLT Condor 02:57.6
5 Robert Borek DRK Racing 03:03.9
6 Tom Lander Bristol & District Triathletes (BAD TRI) 03:05.3
7 Joe Hawksworth Bristol South Cycling Club 03:05.6
8 Russell Peace Dursley Road Club 03:06.9
9 Phil Stonelake Bristol Road Club 03:07.3
10 Chris Parker University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:08.1
11 Glyndwr Griffiths 73Degrees CC 03:08.4
12 Hugh Brashaw University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:09.1
13 Josh Coyne Okehampton CC 03:09.3
14 Fred Cook University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:09.9
15 Callum Hunter University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:11.8
16 Jamie Atkins University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:12.1
17 Adam whitehead Bristol South Cycling Club 03:13.8
18 Oliver Walker-Hayes University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:13.9
19 George Jones Velo Club St Raphael 03:14.4
20 Gareth Hanahoe Bristol Road Club 03:16.8
21 Reuben Bakker-Dyos BikeRadar 03:16.9
22 Gordon Markus Severn Road Club 03:18.3
23 johnny arce uruena T1 Diabetes.info 03:18.4
24 Matthew Skeats University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:19.8
25 Steve Thomas Ride 24/7 03:21.0
26 Daniel Alford Bristol South Cycling Club 03:21.1
27 Tim Wilkey DRK Racing 03:23.6
27 Tom Sharp Bristol Road Club 03:23.6
29 Casimir Ludwig Bristol Road Club 03:24.5
30 Toby Smith Velo Club Bristol - Webbs Cycles 03:24.6
31 James Pittard University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:25.0
32 Matt Griffin Cycology Bikes 03:25.8
33 Jack Phillips Salt and Sham Cycle Club 03:27.5
34 Tom Radburn Dursley Road Club 03:28.9
35 ben wainwright Team Tor 2000 (Kalas) 03:29.7
36 David Cullen Bristol South Cycling Club 03:30.6
36 Ted Cross University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:30.6
38 Adam Whittaker Salt and Sham Cycle Club 03:30.7
39 David Pollard University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:32.4
40 Lewis Henry DRK Racing 03:32.7
41 Lewis Martin Spokes BPC Racing 03:33.9
42 Andrew Turner Bristol South Cycling Club 03:37.6
43 Luke Alexandre Abellio - SFA Racing Team 03:38.1
44 Chris Featherstone Bristol Road Club 03:38.2
45 Ben Alexander University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:39.3
46 Roy Miles University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:40.2
46 Ollie Pennington 1st Chard Wheelers 03:40.2
48 Jack Enright University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:40.9
49 Thomas Harrington University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:41.2
50 Andy Stuart Velo Club St Raphael 03:43.4
51 thomas stimpson Salt and Sham Cycle Club 03:48.5
52 Gareth Jones Clevedon & District Road Club 03:49.1
53 Tommy Barlow Clevedon & District Road Club 03:49.4
54 Kate Mactear University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:50.9
55 Joanne Jago Performance Cycles CC 03:51.2
56 Vincent Graham University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:51.7
57 Lucy Rowe DRK Racing 03:52.3
58 Charlie Peach University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 03:54.4
59 Richard Taylor Severn Road Club 03:56.6
60 Michael Parkin-White University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 04:00.5
61 Rob Tadman Bristol South Cycling Club 04:00.9
62 Louis Salisbury Kenilworth Whs 04:01.2
63 Anabell Orenz North Cotswold CC 04:04.9
64 Lewis Spindlove Bristol South Cycling Club 04:09.4
65 Will Hawkins University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 04:15.1
66 Isabella Murray University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 04:25.4
66 Tristan Warren University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 04:25.4
68 Hollie Hindley University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 04:28.8
69 Alice Earle VeloVitesse/ALLCAP/James Barry/Johnson Controls – Hitachi 04:31.7
70 Alice Thomson DRK Racing 04:32.1
71 Daryl White University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 05:26.9
72 BoB Symons Salt and Sham Cycle Club 05:54.5
73 Mark Hudson Bristol South Cycling Club 06:40.9
DNS Anthony White Royal Dean Forest Cycle Club 00:00.0
DNS Shaun Andrews University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 00:00.0
DNS Sam Turner Wenvoe Wheelers 00:00.0
DNS Rebecca Hunt Bristol & District Triathletes (BAD TRI) 00:00.0
DNS Jasper Severn University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC) 00:00.0
DNS Robert Grover Velo Club Walcot 00:00.0
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