Tommy claims category victory in Burrington hill climb

PUBLISHED: 17:18 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 17:18 04 December 2018

Tommy Barlow.

Tommy Barlow.

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Clevedon rider Tommy Barlow claimed victory in the over-55 category at the Burrington hill climb.

Clevedon riders Sara James and Tommy Barlow joined a large field in one of the final hill climb events of the year at Burrington Coombe.

Setting off at one-minute intervals in a time trial format, hill climbing is a tradition at the end of the road season.

Success requires low weight, lots of power and the ability to go very deep. Perversely this is just the type of suffering that racing cyclists enjoy and the events are often well attended and supported.

If you ever hear a chorus of alpine cow bells mixed with shouting on an autumnal visit to the Mendips, the chances are a hill climb is on. The supporters like to make a lot of noise and the cow bell is the instrument of choice.

Burrington Coombe is a regular climb for local cyclists, long by local standards with a steady gradient to start with followed by a kick in the tail towards the top.

Tommy Barlow has had a fantastic 2018 setting a string of PB’s with some seriously impressive times at 10, 25 and 50-miles.

His good form carried over to Burrington where he took a well-deserved win in the over-55 category in a time of nine minutes three seconds.

Sara James also did the Clevedon colours proud in one of her first open hill climb events putting in a well-paced effort to finish in a competitive 11.35.

Aside from racing, Sara is also leading monthly ladies-only Sunday rides starting from Clevedon with pick-ups at Congresbury or Brockley. Rides are around 50 miles and paced between 14-16mph.

These are friendly, non-competitive rides. No riders will be left behind and there will be a stop for cake! Contact Sara for more information through the www.cdrc.cc

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