WTTA hill climb series
Having won the series last year, retaining it was a big target for the end of my season. The level of competition has really stepped up this year though and I was going to have my work cut out!
I managed to hit a PB in every round, winning 4 of them and that was enough to win the series overall again.
This year saw the biggest women's fields to date. These are always the friendliest events and by the end of the season it feels just like hanging out with a group of friends each weekend (just with a painful few minutes of uphill riding thrown in!) we're already planning some rides over the winter, which will involve less racing up hills and more cafe stops!
The women's results are getting closer and closer. One round saw only 1.5 seconds separating the whole women's podium, and it's really great to have that level of competition to keep things interesting.
Huge congratulations to Alice and Heidi for their 2nd and 3rd places in the series. A really strong result from both of them in their first year of racing hill climbs!
I'm sorry to see the season end, and already looking forward to an even bigger and better one next year!
Just one last thing to do this year. National championships up in Northumberland this weekend. The women's field looks incredibly strong. I'm hoping to better my 15th place from last year, but it's not going to be easy!
Was it a big target?
- Not exactly, I think it’s worth mentioning that I’m incredibly new to cycling as a whole having started in July of this year. The hill climbs were therefore the first time I’ve ever been on a bike with a number on my back and my participation largely resulted from Joe’s encouragement and a fairly competitive streak! I liked the idea of participating with no expectation for what I would achieve and being able to set a benchmark for future years to measure my progress against!
- Overall the series went really well, though that is certainly in part a feature of being one of the few women participating in enough climbs to qualify for the series-hopefully we’ll see more next year! I managed my first ever brown envelope for coming second in the series as a whole, but being a position off Jo Jago across the series really doesn’t do justice to the minutes she put into me over the last few months. I’ve totted this up as a measure of just how strong she is (and an entertaining procrastination from work) and over the 7 climbs we both competed in it totals 9 minutes and 36 seconds. I’ll try harder next year. To put that in perspective, Jo could have done the team tor climb twice and still had >2minutes to spare to be faster overall. Chapeau.
New friends and new competitors on the scene
- I have really enjoyed the atmosphere at all of the hill climbs. The support I’ve received from other competitors both male and female has been brilliant and I’ve met some lovely people along the way who I’ll hopefully head out cycling with soon for some more cake filled/less hilly cycling adventures. It’s been especially nice to meet other women training and competing and the more experienced cyclists have been amazingly supportive.
Target for nationals
- I’ve got two targets for nationals. I’ve managed to embarrassingly topple off my bike before the start of both the Belmont HC and at Chippenham. Somewhere in the mix of nerves, excitement and distraction approaching the start I have a habit of forgetting to unclip, or managing to unclip the wrong foot (let’s just remember I’m an absolute newbie). Thankfully up until now Joe’s been around to prevent me from hitting the deck but one aim for Sunday is not to repeat this trick
- The second aim is not to come last, if I manage that one I’ll be delighted, but if I don’t I’m not so worried. At the moment I’m trying to focus on competing against myself and setting benchmarks for the future. Perhaps last at nationals would make a good story.
Also would like to give a huge thanks to you Glyn for organising and any/all bits of encouragement along the way/prods to encourage me to think about competing. I’ve really enjoyed it and will hopefully be back next year!
|1||Joanne Jago||Performance Cycles CC||486|
|2||Alice Thomson||DRK Racing||440|
|3||Heidi Blunden||Sodbury Cycle Sport||351|
|3||Frances Bromley||Buxton CC/Sett Valley Cycles||323|
|5||Anabell Orenz||North Cotswold CC||300|
|6||Hannah Slade||Chippenham & District Wheelers||285|
|7||Alice Earle||VeloVitesse/ALLCAP/James Barry/Johnson Controls – Hitachi||284|
|8||Kate Baker||Performance Cycles CC||226|
|9||Louise Hargreaves||Salt And Sham Cycle Club||208|
|10||Wiebke Rietz||1st Chard Wheelers||205|
|11||Emily Slavin||Tri Team Wessex||164|
|12||Nancy Walker||University of Warwick Triathlon & Road Cycling Club||146|
|13||Heidi Blunden||Sodbury Cycle Sport||126|
|14||Maryka Sennema||Paceline RT||96|
|15||Elizabeth Banks||Fusion RT Fierlan||83|
|16||Lisa Greenfield||Radeon-Bike Science RT||78|
|17||Aimee Parsons||Velo Club Walcot||74|
|18||Jessica Evans||ASSOS Equipe UK||72|
|19||Becky Dodds||Velo Club Walcot||71|
|20||Helen Parkin||Woking Cycle Club||68|
|21||Kate Mactear||University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC)||67|
|22||Ashia Fenwick||Velo Club Venta||66|
|22||Gillian Clark||Road Club Cumbernauld & Kilsyth||66|
|24||Elizabeth Wheeler||Bath Cycling Club||65|
|25||Aileen Brown||Bath Cycling Club||64|
|26||Lucy Rowe||DRK Racing||64|
|27||Fiona Vallis||Bath Cycling Club||63|
|28||Abby Easter||Velo Club Venta||61|
|29||Laura Lawson||Romford Cycle Club||61|
|30||Molly Hodges||University of Bath Cycling Club||60|
|31||Emma Cockcroft||Bikeshed Bianchi||58|
|32||Jessica Woolley||Bristol South Cycling Club||58|
|33||Isabella Murray||University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC)||55|
|34||Hollie Hindley||University of Bristol Cycling Club (UOBCC)||53|
|35||Hannah Rainger||North Devon Wheelers||51|
|36||Lavinia Cox||Bristol South Cycling Club||38|
|37||Rosalind Willicombe||Minehead Cycling Club||37|
|38||Harriet Parke||Bristol South Cycling Club||37|
|39||Lucy Poole||Exeter Whs CC||36|
|40||Michaela Spitzer||Minehead Cycling Club||35|
|41||Diane Wilson-Evans||Bynea Cycling Club||35|
|42||Anne Bennett||Serpentine Running Club||32|
|43||Emma Spriggs||Taw Velo||31|
|44||Kate Gordon||Bristol South Cycling Club||31|
|45||kirsty bennett||Bristol South Cycling Club||30|
|46||Janet Hewlett||Minehead Cycling Club||27|
|47||Margaret Greatorex||Minehead Cycling Club||21|