National hill climb champion Jack Pullar continued his preparations for this year’s title showdown with another commanding performance in atrocious conditions for Bec CC’s event at Titsey.
The 23-year-old Madison Genesis rider made light of heavy rain to complete the 700-yard ascent of White Lane in 1 min 46.1 sec – just over three seconds outside his course record set last year – for a clear victory over previous winner Michael Smith (Team Corley Cycles), second in 1.53.4.
Pullar’s reward was the prize of a 50-inch Sharp flat screen television, courtesy of sponsors Humanevents blogsite, on a day when there were only 73 finishers and a horde of non-starters from the first full entry for a number of years.
Matt Steven (Zappi’s CC) took third place in 1.58.6, while Maryka Sennena (Kingston Wheelers) was fastest woman in 2.37.2 to complete a double after her win earlier in the day in Catford CC’s promotion.
Winner there was Matt Pilkington (Metaltek-Knights of Old RT), who reversed last year’s result with Robert Gough (Arctic SRAM RT) to win by just three-tenths of a second with his time of 1.59.4 for the 707-yard climb of Yorks Hill.
The pair, who were the last two to start, were the only riders to beat two minutes in the wet conditions as third place went to James Lowden (Lewes wanderers CC) in 2.02.0.
(Update 16/10: Revised results later put Jonathan Harris (GS Avanti) in third place with 2.02.0 ahead of Lowden’s recalculated 2.02.4. Finishing in eleventh place overall, 16 year old Harrison Jones took the junior prize).
Jack Pullar with Bec CC trophy
Maryka Sennema: double women’s winner
Matt Pilkingon wins Catford hill-climb
Elsewhere, Tejvan Pettinger had a busy weekend, notching up two victories and a second place in the North of England.
The Sri Chinmoy CT rider from Oxford placed second in the Holme Valley Wheelers event on Saturday morning, which was moved to the nearby 1.3-mile Woodhouse Lane climb with heavy mist on the original course.
Richard Handley (Rapha Condor JLT) secured victory there, clocking 2-04.9 to win by around seven seconds, while James Allen (Langsett Cycles) was third, just 1-5sec slower.
Pettinger then moved on to the Huddersfield Star Wheelers event on the 0.9-mile Jackson Bridge climb.
He clocked 4-18.7, winning by a healthy 16 seconds from former national champion Matt Clinton (Mike Vaughan Cycles), while Josh Teasdale (In Gear-Quickvit) was third, two seconds down.
Then on Sunday, Pettinger rode the Lyme RC climb of Mow Cop and once again beat Matt Clinton into second. Pettinger clocked 4-22.9, which was almost eight seconds quicker than Clinton.
Third spot went to Lee Baldwin (Buxton CC), who had won the previous day’s Rutland CC climb of Mam Nick near Edale in Derbyshire. He won with a time of 6-47.1, 33 seconds quicker than the next best rider, Darren Otter (Rutland CC).
Also in Yorkshire, Ian Taylor (Ciclocostablanca.com) won the Drighlington BC climb of Scotchman Lane in Batley, clocking 3-21.8 to win by 18sec from the promoting club’s Chris Danby, while Andrerw Pearson (Huddersfield Star Wheelers) was third.
And over the border in Derbyshire, Chris Limberger (Mercia CC) won South Pennine RC’s event at Crich, clocking 1-22.1 to win by almost ten seconds.