WVCC Open Hill Climb 2018










It was hill climb time on Sunday and time to see if all our preparations had worked. Being the first time I had organised an event there was more than a little bit of trepidation! I needn’t have worried at all, with all the help and support in place and everyone pitching in, we were well set out and ready for the off in no time. The weather forecast had warned of wind and rain and sure enough it appeared right on cue for the riders. It was going to be a tough day on the Cat!

First out of the traps was our very own Carol Robson who battled the pretty much constant wind and rain to post a great time of 32:06 to take the ladies prize. Our only other WV entrant was Dan Robson who led off the mens event and posted strong 28:15. As other times came through for the men’s event it was clear that things were indeed ‘quite tough out there’ and we had a few reports of a couple of crashes both up the hill and down! All riders OK, thankfully with just a few cuts and grazes, so the first aid kit was out almost immediately.

The HQ seemed very quiet for a while as we sorted through the times and then it seemed everyone descended at once with riders and marshals getting inside to dry off, get warm, have a well earned hot cuppa and a feed. It was pretty horrible out there but everyone came back in good spirits having taken in some bracing fresh air.

Our overall winner on the day was Leon Wright with an excellent time of 20:12 with Tony Cope of Leek CC taking victory in the V40-49 category, Andy Ashurst taking the win in the V50-59 category and Andrew Grace taking the V60+ category honours.

Junior entrant Darren Rider of Team PB Performance rode to an impressive overall top 10 placing on the day whilst also taking the Junior category win. It would be great to see some more juniors out on the course next year.

In the team event, Macclesfield Wheelers seemed very pleased to have gained victory over Lyme RC with Crewe Clarion in third place.

So all in all a very successful day. Thanks again to everyone who helped out organising and running the event this year. Your experience, knowledge and spirit were very much in evidence and very much appreciated.

See you all next year… I think…



Fastest Overall

1Leon WrightRace Hub20:12.2
2Adam KenwayVITUS PRO CYCLING20:36.0
3David FellowsSolihull CC21:37.4


1Carol RobsonWeaver Valley CC32:06.2
Rebecca RichardsonHafren CCDNS
Chelsea Mccloskey-lambertManchester WheelersDNS Apol.

Verts 40 – 49

1Tony CopeLeek Cyclists' Club22:07.4
2Kris BowditchLyme Racing Club23:03.7

Vets 50 – 59

1Andy AshurstManchester Wheelers24:25.3
2Michael StanleyNorth Wirral Velo25:38.6

Vets 60+

1Andrew GraceCrewe Clarion Whs28:24.5
2Barrie WhittakerLyme Racing Club29:29.4


1Darren RiderTeam PB Performance23:08.1


1Bhima BowdenMacclesfield Wheelers01:13:48.9
Daniel O'donnell
James Russell
2Kris BowditchLyme Racing Club01:19:13.4
Chris Wilcox
Barrie Whittaker



Steve Fidler wins cat M, Kris Zentek cat A, chris Quin Cat B @TLI_Cycling

Upcoming Events

10:00 Winklies Ride Out
Winklies Ride Out
Dec 19 @ 10:00 – 14:30
A 10:00 for a 10:10 depart.. an easy, no one gets left behind run. Usually head out into the wind so we have a tail wind home.
10:00 Training Ride
Training Ride
Dec 22 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Hatchmere X rds for a 10am sharp depart.. 10:01 we’ll be gone..
11:00 Boxing Day Fancy Dress 10! Ride ...
Boxing Day Fancy Dress 10! Ride ...
Dec 26 @ 11:00 – 14:00
Boxing Day Fancy Dress 10! Ride off that turkey...
Eaten too much turkey? An extra helping of Christmas pudding weighing you down? This is what you need! A 10 mile fancy dress time trial to get you kickstarted! Meet at 11:00 in Shakerley Mere[...]
20:00 Track Night – Manchester Velodro...
Track Night – Manchester Velodro...
Dec 28 @ 20:00 – 22:00
Track Night - Manchester Velodrome, National Cycling Centre @ National Cycling Centre | Manchester | England | United Kingdom
Track cycling. The perfect opportunity to get some excellent training and experience with the club. We have a British Cycling coach that will train you and give you probably the best 2 hour workout you’ve[...]
10:00 Training Ride
Training Ride
Dec 29 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Hatchmere X rds for a 10am sharp depart.. 10:01 we’ll be gone..

Club meeting times

Sunday runs:

10:00 - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club - see calendar for updated start times (Most runs 09:30 during the summer months)

Tuesday evening (informal - usually a small gathering!)

20:00 onwards - Winnington Park Rugby Football Club

Wednesday runs:

10:00 - Hatchmere

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