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WWCC Hill Climb Championships 2014
This year saw the event in a slightly different format with the Wheelers and Newport C. C. combining their events on the same hill on the same day. Logistically this was a sensible idea but the big plus for all concerned was that fact that Jim & Jane Morrison opened up their restaurant, 'Darcy's' as the event HQ and laid on C.T.C. support (for those not into the C.T.C. this really means Coffee, Tea & Cakes!!).
So many thanks to Jim & Jane for giving up their Sunday to support the event -
The day started very misted and the first real cold autumn morning this year, but the sun soon broke through to brighten the spirits.
The Sunday club run from both clubs traced their way to Ironbridge for the start of 'hostilities' at 11.30 am.
Young Joe Lister who lives relatively close to the course set a very respectable time of 4 minutes 11 seconds which was good enough to clinch the Youth award ahead of young Matt Lewis who was equally impressive.
The fastest Junior was 16 year old Tom Knipe who's time of 3 minutes 52 seconds was good enough to clinch second place overall -
Mark Spruce was the fastest of the five veterans who took to the start and his 4 minutes 9 seconds of pain was good enough for third place overall.
But the outright winner was 'Come Back Man', Matt Morris, exactly 20 after his last title win!!! Matts time of 3 minutes 48 Seconds was just 31 seconds off what he set as a 20 year old 1st category rider back in 1994 on the same hill! Matt has been training hard this year and is now set for even better things next season -
Many thanks to all those who helped with the running of the event, particularly, Jane Kyte, John Ireson, Dave Cunningham, Mark Lewis, Ian Lister, Ian Horton & Simon Toghill -
Full result at bottom of page
Club Hill Climb Championships 2013
This Sunday's Hill Climb Champs (6th October 2013) saw a very depleted field take to the start line, despite a good many riders meeting at the Stadium or riding over to the event.
However, we did have a Professional rider compete as a private ride -
As expected Liam was inside the magic 3 minute 30 mark but not quite as fast as Stuart's record of 3.05, which is still highly creditable given that Liam had just returned from a two week lay off and relinquished his race diet for a while.
The competition between Wheeler's members was very close in deed with just 2 seconds covering the top three:
in third place was former Club Champion and ex 1st category road man Matt Morris.
The ride of the day was surely that of young Joe Lister who was just a solitary second away from a remarkable win -
But the win went to Mark Primmer, who since packing smoking and taking up bike riding has gone from strength to strength -
The Veteran's honors were fought out between In Horton the club Time Trial Secretary and Pete Escritt who ran out winner in that category.
Full results below
Lets hope that this will inspire a few more to take part in next years event.