Clevedon cyclists take on annual hill climb

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 October 2017

Gareth Jones.

Gareth Jones.


Clevedon cyclists took on the annual hill climb held up Cheddar and towards Shipham.

Hill climb events hold a special place on the British cycling calendar giving club riders the chance for a final blast against the clock before the dark days of winter arrive.

It is simple format of an individual full-gas effort with riders setting off at one minute intervals. The Clevedon hill-climb has been held for more than 60 years and uses the hill from Cheddar, past the quarry towards Shipham.

George Martin has been present for nearly all the events having ridden with the club since its inception in 1952. While he may have retired from competition, George still puts in some serious mileage in Clevedon colours and was once again on hand to help with the starting duties.

Perfect warm and windless conditions greeted the riders which resulted in some quick times. Kate Millard was one of the early starters and posted an amazing 6.41 which was good enough for fifth overall and the win in the ladies’ competition. This is one of the fastest-ever ladies’ times on the Shipham course.

Other stand-out performances include 56-year-old Tommy Barlow who posted 5.41 to claim third overall and prove it is not a young man’s game.

Club stalwart Gareth Jones is another rider who does not seem to be slowing down with age taking second place with a fine 5.27. This put the pressure on last rider off, and reigning champion, Chris Mills.

Another powerful performance from Chris, who once again had too much for everyone posting a superb 5.15 to retain the title - a very worthy winner and another fantastic time.

After the uphill race, riders cycled across to Mudgley Hill for the downhill competition. The freewheel competition must be the only cycle race where no pedalling is allowed and weight is a positive advantage.

Riders start at the top of the hill and use descending skill to see how far they can travel once on the flat moor road. An amusing site for any passers-by with riders attempting to get as aero as possible to eek out every last metre before coming to a standstill.

The one was won by Mark Hazell with Martin Moore in second and Mark Taylor third.

Hill c limb results: Chris Mills 5.15; Gareth Jones 5.27; Tommy Barlow 5.41; Mark Hazell 5.55; Kate Millard 6.41; Lee Edbrooke 7.14; Michael Szatkawek 7.32; Mark Taylor 7.40; Darren Vince 7.41; John Lamb 7.41; M Harvey 8.03; Sarah James 8.26; Simon Philips 8.32; Rod White 8.40.

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