Tonight I rode just up the road from me to Ramsbottom to take part in Bury Clarion’s “Try it” hill climb. There were riders from Bury Clarion, Bolton Clarion and of course, fellow North Cheshire Clarion riders – Dave, Adam, Steve and Paul cheering us on.
The course is probably just shy of a kilometre up Lumb Carr Road, and conditions were favourable – no rain and a tailwind.
Having never done a hill climb I had no idea what to expect, or what to do frankly. Adam was riding single-speed and whilst that struck me as nuts, in a way it took away the uncertainty of what gear to start off in!
Anyway when I started I realised I was in the wrong gear and crunched through a couple accelerating rapidly. Too rapidly. I went off far too quickly and after about 400m or so I realised I was in trouble as I blew up big time! Gasping for air, heart-rate at maximum and legs not really working I slowed alarmingly. Not quite getting a second wind as I approached the finish line, I limped over, in part
a victim of my own over-exuberance and inexperience.
Adam did a great time of 2m 54s, I managed 2m 59s and Steve put in a good time with 3m 31s. Dave (RoboDave!) put 40 seconds into me clocking 2m 19s. To put that into context we’ve both clocked similar times on the Kilton TT this year. In the space of less than a kilometre he caught two other riders and finished 3rd overall – a superb ride!
I did enjoy it though, especially the free chocolate at the end. Well done and thanks to Bury for organising it.