Otley CC hill climb

Otley CC was my first hill climb back in the early 1990s. I was an under 16 then, I can’t remember how I did, but it might have been second to last or somewhere like that. In those days we raced up Norwood edge in the morning and East Chevin in the afternoon. But, increased road traffic has meant East Chevin has been swapped for Guise Edge.

This year, 2013, there was a good entry, with a really big turn out from the under 16s. It’s good to see a lot of young riders having a go at hill climbs. It’s seems the club scene is thriving in Yorkshire. There was also a good pocket of spectators at various points on the climb. I also saw two former Otley CC hill climb organisers turning up to support the event.

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First up is Guise Edge. A steep climb out of Pateley Bridge. It runs kind of parallel to Greenhow hill. Greenhow hill is a really tough climb, just a bit too busy for a race.

Guise Edge

  • Distance 0.7 miles
  • Avg Grade 10.6%
  • Max grade – 20%
  • Elev gain 383ft

Guise edge is quieter, though road is a bit narrower. It’s steep to start off and doesn’t relent until last few hundred yards. The weather forecast said there was a strong westerly wind, so I expected a headwind, but, it didn’t feel like that. I was surprised to go quicker than last year, shaving another 0.7 seconds off the course record. Started off in the 39*19 sprocket and kept in there for the hard steep section. Then there is a fast flat bit section as you come to a sharp left hand turn and a short blast to the finish on the moor.

Generally, I’m not so keen on the shorter climbs, but I seem to be going well on the short climbs this year. Perhaps a result of doing many 1 minute intervals – something I’ve never done before. Second was Lee Baldwin of Buxton CC, followed by Matthew Pilkington (Cleveleys RC).

Norwood Edge

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  • Distance 1.1 miles
  • Avg Grade 9.3%
  • Max gradient 16%
  • Elev Gain 543ft

Usually, there is a 2 hour gap between the hill climbs, so I rushed off to Norwood edge to begin my warm up. But, once on the rollers, I thought it strange no one else was around. Cycling back over to HQ, I found this year we had a luxurious 3 hour gap in between hill climbs – so plenty of time to have a few homemade flap jacks.

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Funnily enough a few years ago (2009), I turned up to Otley CC hill climb expecting their to be a 3 hour time gap, like when I first did it in 1994. I had quite a few cakes in the HQ and wondered why no-one else was eating some lunch. But, I then found out that the gap had been cut to 2 hours from the 1990s. I went up East Chevin with far more cakes in my stomach than I would have liked – not a nice experience…. So  much better to get it the wrong way around this time.

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Nicola Soden, Champion Systems/Maxgear/BASE womens’ winner (also of the Buxton CC)

I don’t know why but for races which you’ve done many times and / or are local, I don’t always properly read the start sheet. I’d even written down my start times, but my mind was stuck on the idea of a 2 hour gap.

On Norwood Edge, I typically do better, preferring the longer climb. Though this year my time was 4.56, a bit slower than the past two years. Perhaps it was a slower day. Unfortunately, my power meter is broken after only three weeks use so I’ve no way of knowing. James Gullen (Team Hope Factory Racing) was just 6 seconds behind. James is built for the longer climbs and is very fast. I think my time up Norwood edge when I was 15 was something like 6.50. The idea of going under 5 minutes seemed impossible in those days.

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The finish at Norwood Edge

Back at the HQ I had a few more flapjacks (some very tasty homemade cakes) and received my first place prize courtesy of the Otley CC and sponsors Team Chevin and MAS design. There was a good family atmosphere with quite a few under 16s getting their prizes.. I even learnt not to place a carbon fibre bike on metal railings.

Results

PosRiderCluboverallN2N3Notes
1
Tejvan Pettinger
Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team
08:20.2
3:23.8
4:56.4
Senior
2
James Gullen
Team Hope Factory Racing
08:32.4
3:30.3
5:02.1
Senior
3
Lee Baldwin
Buxton CC
08:36.3
3:27.9
5:08.4
Senior
4
Matthew Pilkington
Cleveleys RC
08:46.6
3:29.4
5:17.2
Senior
5
Kieran Savage
Seacroft Wheelers
09:46.0
3:59.0
5:47.0
Junior
6
Julian Varley
Harrogate Nova CC
09:46.9
4:02.9
5:44.0
Junior
7
Robert Ormrod
Ilkley CC
09:49.7
4:00.0
5:49.7
Senior
8
Alastair Kay
Herbalife-Leisure Lakes Bikes.com
09:54.7
4:17.0
5:37.7
Senior
9
Rob Shields
GS Metro
09:59.5
4:00.5
5:59.0
Senior
10
Ben Lane
GS Metro
10:00.9
4:03.9
5:57.0
Veteran
11
Archie Cross
Yorkshire Road Club
10:01.8
4:00.0
6:01.8
Senior
12
Eugene Cross
Yorkshire Road Club
10:20.9
4:13.6
6:07.3
Under 16
13
Martin Gostling
Ilkley CC
10:25.5
4:13.2
6:12.3
Senior
14
James Falconer
Ferryhill Wheelers/Mountain High
10:31.7
4:11.6
6:20.1
Junior
15
Joe Varga
City RC (Hull)
10:41.5
4:25.2
6:16.3
Under 16
16
Paolo Nistri
C2CC – SCU
10:42.9
4:15.0
6:27.9
Senior
17
Oliver Leonard
Cyclesense CC
10:51.3
4:22.5
6:28.8
Senior
18
Cian O’Leary
Base2Race Bikeshack
10:58.3
4:23.6
6:34.7
Senior
19
Aaron Tonks
Ribble Valley CRC
11:01.7
4:27.6
6:34.1
Veteran
20
Daniel Kubon
Birdwell Wheelers
11:05.8
4:33.4
6:32.4
Senior
21
Tom Garnett
Ilkley CC
11:07.3
4:25.7
6:41.6
Under 16
22
Tom Cullen
Otley Cycle Club chevincycles.com
11:11.8
4:31.4
6:40.4
Under 16
23
Michael Brown
Birdwell Wheelers
11:16.4
4:24.8
6:51.6
Senior
24
John Garnett
Ilkley CC
11:34.2
4:42.3
6:51.9
Veteran
25
Paul Brierley
Huddersfield Road Club Salamander Fabrications
11:36.3
4:50.5
6:45.8
Veteran
26
Sam Wilson
Mike Vaughan Cycles
11:38.6
4:46.9
6:51.7
Junior
27
James Pike
Ilkley CC
11:40.2
4:48.4
6:51.8
Under 16
28
Will Morgan
Fibrax-Wrexham RC
11:49.2
4:44.0
7:05.2
Junior
29
Nicola Soden
Champion Systems/Maxgear/BASE
11:53.1
4:51.1
7:02.0
Lady
30
Stuart Newbould
Otley Cycle Club chevincycles.com
12:00.8
4:45.9
7:14.9
Veteran
31
Ruaridh Mon-Williams
Ilkley CC
12:02.4
4:52.3
7:10.1
Under 16
32
Huw Spacey
Boneshakers RT
12:07.6
4:52.9
7:14.7
Veteran
33
Christopher Stokes
Otley Cycle Club chevincycles.com
12:12.1
5:08.9
7:03.2
Junior
34
Max McMurdo
Otley Cycle Club chevincycles.com
12:34.6
5:10.9
7:23.7
Under 16
35
Dawn Sherrin
GS Metro
13:07.5
5:22.7
7:44.8
Veteran Lady
36
David Soutar
Otley Cycle Club chevincycles.com
13:40.7
5:38.5
8:02.2
Under 16
37
Luke Burke
Otley Cycle Club chevincycles.com
14:16.9
6:19.4
7:57.5
Under 16
38
Greg Jessop
Ilkley CC
14:59.6
5:56.4
9:03.2
Veteran
39
Alastair Veitch
Otley Cycle Club chevincycles.com
15:07.3
6:08.3
8:59.0
Veteran
40
Sophie English
Otley Cycle Club chevincycles.com
15:37.0
6:29.3
9:07.7
Under 16 Lady
41
James Veitch
Otley Cycle Club chevincycles.com
15:44.0
6:37.7
9:06.3
Under 16
42
Joe Howcroft
Otley Cycle Club chevincycles.com
16:18.8
6:31.4
9:47.4
Under 16
1001
Lee Speight
Pedalsport CC
4:44.9
DNS APOL

6 Responses to Otley CC hill climb

  1. Chris October 7, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Once again well done Tejvan, the others must be beginning to give up hope. That is some going to ride that gearing combo up 20%.

    So that another three hill climbs last weekend, do you ease off for the National’s or just keep on doing as many as you can. And what happened to the carbon fibre bike, leant on metal railings.

  2. Chris October 7, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    So what happened to the power meter and who’s make is it. I bought a Garmin 705 when they first came out and that gave up the ghost’s after a week, mind you so did my Trek 6.5 Madone, but that’s another story.

  3. Tom R October 9, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    Wait for the noise at the HSW hill climb on Saturday – we are trying to recreate the atmosphere of a Tour de France climb – sorry if you don’t like bells and horns! (that will be me and my kids)

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