2017 Hillclimb Championship — The Yeld, Kelsall

So, Season’s Over, Racing is Done and Two New Champions to Adorn the Frodsham Wheelers Roll of Honour!

Twelve riders faced the timekeeper on a brand new course so a course record as well as the most coveted gong at the Club Dinner was up for grabs. Dianne Turner faced stiff competition for the first time.

The name Sam Marshall was touted as the new mens champ. Could he live up to the hype? Well pulling a wheelie at the start, even Peter Sagan ain’t that cocky but the boy pulled it off in some style.

hillclimb championship yeld 2017

David Arundale started and finished first so he set the course record that lasted a whole 45 seconds until Rob McGregor sweated his way to the top in full winter kit (wonky cap et al) and took seat number one in the, well it’s a grass verge really!

hillclimb championship yeld 2017

hillclimb championship yeld 2017

hillclimb championship yeld 2017

Neither Rob Cowell nor Mark Gittins could unseat him until the first of the “Sub Six Super Stars” arrived. Ryan Jackson freewheeled across the line in 5:39 to take a whopping half a minute off the leader. Was it enough though??

hillclimb championship yeld 2017

Brigid smashed her way up in 6:17, Steven Jeffers 6:13, Ryan sitting pretty, but pretty nervous. Every right to be nervous as Sam flew past the clock in 5:09.

hillclimb championship yeld 2017

hillclimb championship yeld 2017

Dianne couldn’t quite get past Brigid’s time so a new ladies champion was crowned. Just the men to sort out. Mark Stevens, the only previous champion in the field tore the road up but his mighty 5:35 was only good enough for second.

mark stevens hillclimb championship yeld 2017

hillclimb championship yeld 2017

hillclimb championship yeld 2017

Chris Fowler came home in 6:57 with John Flynn pulling out an impressive 6:08.

So – Fantastic efforts by all but especially to our new champions Brigid Wilde and Sam Marshall. Sure this won’t be the last time these names appear on the trophy.

brigid wilde hillclimb championship yeld 2017
New Ladies Champion, Brigid Wilde with a 06:17.

sam marshall hillclimb championship yeld 2017
New Mens Champion, Sam Marshall with a 05:06.

hillclimb championship yeld 2017

Special thanks to Alan Orme, Gaz Minnis, Gary Hartley, John Flynn and the ever reliable Andy White for timekeeping, pushing off, marshalling, cheering on and taking photographs.

cycling hillclimb championship yeld 2017

As ever, these events can’t go on without help and I’m always grateful.

Cheers Wheelers,
Chris

2017 Hillclimb Championship Rider Times – 24th September 2017

RankNameNo.WatchActual
1Sam Marshall924:06:0005:06
2Mark Stevens1025:35:0005:35
3Ryan Jackson520:34:0005:39
4John Flynn1228:08:0006:08
5Steve Jeffers723:13:0006:13
6Rob McGregor218:17:0006:17
7Brigid Wilde622:17:0006:17
8Dave Arundale117:33:0006:33
9Mark Gittens420:39:0006:39
10Rob Cowell319:43:0006:43
11Chris Fowler1127:57:0006:57
12Dianne Turner825:27:0007:27

cycling hillclimb championship yeld 2017

frodsham wheelers hillclimb route 280ft 1.4 miles
Frodsham Wheelers Hillclimb Route – 280ft Elevation, 1.4 miles, time 5:06 / 6:17.

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