Good weather greeted the Acme riders in the final Road championship of 2018, Barn Hill was the chosen venue for the Hill Climb Championship where 4 riders lined up against the clock. Mark Nicholls and Dave Roberts acted as Timekeepers for the event along with Robert Davies who travelled from Neath to help with starting the rider’s.
New member Stefan Burchill was first to line up at the bottom of the this tough climb, Stefan is new to cycling, but no stranger to tough exercise being a keen runner and tough gym workouts which showed as he powered away from the start. Next came Dean Cummings who was keen to perform well, as he’s use to tough terrain being the 2018 Roadman Champion. Third off the start line came last years hill climb champion Dave Singleton and determined to retain the title despite performing with some end of year injures. Last off the line Kerry Lewis was unsure if he could take the title he last won in 1991, but prepared to give it a try after training on the hill during the year.
A good turn out of club members came along to view the event and give encouragement to the ACME competitors. A slight tailwind was a bonus on the tough climb as the gradient peaked towards the top at 10% . Passing timekeeper Dave at the finish first came Stefan who looked as if he performed well on is first competitive event followed by Dean and Dave with Kerry closing the event.
Competitors and members eagerly awaited the all important times from the timekeepers to decided the 2018 Champion and receive the R+M Trophy from Club President Gerald Clements.
In fourth place came Kerry who was unable to repeat his past victory in a time of 3m 42sec, the final three positions times were close – third went to Roadman Dean 2m 52sec, second place went to Stefan with impressive time of 2m 43sec.
First place and The Hill Climb Champion for 2018 was taken by Dave singleton to repeat his 2017 win with excellent time of 2m 39sec, a great end of year achievement. This ends his season where Dave recorded a number of personnel best times over various distances and determined to improve again in 2019.
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