To round off the Poole Wheelers 2023 season we finished with our traditional Hill Climb.
As a first, we ran the Hill Climb as a 3 event series. The person with the best 2 of 3 times on Creech Hill would be named Hill Climb champion πŸ†
Going into the final round was a 3-way battle for first between Alasdair Hitchen, Matt Stanbury and Rufus King
Unlike the Ryder Cup, there was no trash-talking in the car park.
The low cloud and mist created a damp course favouring the riders sitting in the saddle. Whilst a headwind at the top just made it cruel 😭 Multiple riders came back complaining of their wheel slipping when getting out of the saddle.
On the day, Tom JN powered to the top setting the fastest time and setting a new course record with a 2:21:38 πŸ™ŒπŸ₯‡
Settling the top 3, Alasdair flew across the line taking a PB of 2:28:16 ahead of Matt (2:36:08) to be crowned Hill Climb Champion 2023 πŸ† Matt’s time secured 2nd place overallπŸ₯ˆ. Rufus is proving you can be good at TTs, and Hill Climbs came 3rd in the overall standings πŸ₯‰
In the ladies’ competition, it was two-way tie between Sian McPherson and Lauren Falconer. With neither able to make the final race, Sian was crowned as the champion πŸ† ahead of Lauren by 17 seconds πŸ₯ˆ
Top 3 Men
Alasdair Hitchin: 4:59:56
Matt Stanbury: 5:08:14
Rufus King: 5:18:34
Top 2 Women
Sian McPherson: 7:55:40
Lauren Falconer: 8:07:30
Full results in the pictures, with the results from each of the races.
Shout out to Pete Watkins who made one of the biggest improvements, knocking off 24 seconds from his last time in May.
Thank you to everyone who has raced this year at our events! It has been a blast organising and racing them with everyone. Have a great off-season 😴 Hopefully, I’ll see many of you at the end-of-season party 🍻πŸ₯‚ If not roll on the first TT in 2024!