Ystwyth CC Hill Climb

On Wednesday 30th August, in glorious evening sunshine, 15 riders took on the challenge of the 1.4km hill course with an elevation of 110 meters.  As the riders eagerly anticipated the start, going off at 1 minute intervals, the atmosphere on the infamous Clarach hair pin corner was building with claxons sounding, chanting and encouragement in abundance.

With Pro Rider Stevie Williams on the start list it was also expected that the course record may be smashed in the perfect conditions.

First lady home, having ridden an impressive time trial season with the club was Katie Miles in a time of 6min and 30 seconds.  In second place, Lowri Richards in a time of 6min and 49 seconds and in joint 3rd place, riding her first time trial was Mel Gaul in 7min and 8 seconds and Layla Skot Parker riding her first hill climb.

In the men’s event, Stevie Williams didn’t disappoint the frantic crowd on Clarach hair pin corner. Blitzing the field and smashing the course record, Stevie negotiated the hill in a staggering time of 3min and 36 seconds.  In 2nd place, Andrew Poole continued to show his strength on the bike with an impressive time of 4min and 20 seconds.  Third place went to Owen Evans in a time of 5 min and 4 seconds.

Many riders also took Personal Bests on the night and the event was a fantastic end of season race. 

With a week gap in the agenda, the riders return on Wednesday 13th September to take on the Llanfihangel Hill climb sponsored by Summit Cycles.  More information will be on the club facebook page in due course.

Clarach Hill Climb – Weds 30th August
1 Steve Williams 3.36
2 Andrew Poole 4.20
3 Owen Evans 5.04
4 Caron Pugh 5.12
5 Ian Stevens 5.16
6 Jack Ramsbottom 5.41
7 Martyn Saycell 5.49
8 Morgan Commins 6.19
9 Katie Miles 6.30
10 Alan Haird 6.34
11 Justin Manley 6.43
12 Ian Brandreth 6.49
12 Lowri Richards 6.49
14 Mel Gaul 7.08
15 Layla Skot Parker 7.08

Katie on her way to first place in the Clarach hill climb
Photo courtesy of Aled Richards