Brutally testing hill climbs for Lewes Wanderers

39 Gents GP Peter Morris & Dom Lowden by Simon Yates
39 Gents GP Peter Morris & Dom Lowden by Simon Yates
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The end of the time trialling season draws to a close with a flurry of brutally testing hill climbs.

Hill climbing is somewhat a specialised event; generally it favours the lighter framed rider, as power to weight ratios is king in the battle with gravity.

The short local hill climbing season kicked off with the SCA event at Stenying where riders have to contend with the formidable climb up Stenying Bostal, a desperate ascent which sees gradients pushing twenty percent in places.

A small but select field contested the event in favourable conditions which saw specialist climber Pete Tadros (In-Gear) retain his title in a rapid time of 4:04.

Duncan Fuller was the first man home for the Lewes team in a time of 5:11, followed by Mark Paton with a creditable time of 5:36.

The following day only one Lewes pairing competed in the “Grand Prix des Gentlemen”.

This novel race is basically a two up affair with certain caveats applied. The first restriction is that one rider must be a VET (i.e. over 40), and this rider is not permitted to overtake his partner who tows him round the course until the final two hundred yards of the circuit.

Pacing such a race is difficult, if the lead rider pushes too hard he may break his partner, teamwork is essential for a successful outing.

The Lewes pairing of Pete Morris and Dominic Lowden proved to be a strong combination and deservedly won the event with a Standard time of +15.05 (actual time 38:00).

Michael Valks teamed up with his father Paul to finish third on standard (+12:31) with Debbie Evers partnering with ex-Lewes rider Sue Hudson to record an actual time of 1:03:17. The fastest pair were the Yates brothers, Conal and Chris, who posted a very fast time of 36:38.

This weekend sees more hill climbing drama with four climbs crammed into the weekend, featuring the iconic Catford Climb, an event that attracts huge crowds and claims to be the oldest cycling race in the world.

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Report and picture submitted by Alan Lloyd