Podium at the Scottish National Hill Climb Championships


Nice day for the Scottish National Hill Climb Championship today at Purin Den. A bit foggy in the morning but no rain and the wind was pointing up the hill.

Slight delay to the start as a coach load of French students went up to the top car park to admire the view and we had to wait for the coach to come back down adding a 30 minute delay to the start.

I felt like I got off to a fast start with the tail wind behind me but when the road kicked up I found I had nothing in the legs. Had to push hard to the easier middle section where I rested instead of clicking up the gears just to make sure I made it to the finish. Had one final push at the end although the finish line ended up further away than I was hoping and was spent before I reached it almost coming to a stop on the line. After 5 minutes hyperventilating at the top of the hill I then headed down to cheer on the rest of the competitors.

Some great times from the day with a new course record being set by David Griffiths.

Top times on the day: 1st - 6:46.63 - David Griffiths - Pro Vision Cycle Clothing 2nd - 6:51.31 - Harry Johnston - Pro Vision Cycle Clothing 3rd - 7:13.66 - Walter Hamilton Veloclub Edinburgh

Top Ladies: 1st - 9:07.62 - Emily Palmer - Glasgow Nightingale CC 2nd - 9:07.83 - Anna Fairweather - Spokes Racing Team 3rd - - Juliana Rourke - Edinburgh RC

Top Juniors: 1st - 7:30.52 - Cameron Richardson - Synergy Cycles 2nd - 7:30.76 - Ross Thomson - Dunfermline CC 3rd - 7:32.06 - Joseph Agnew - Edinburgh RC

Top Youth: 8:29.77 - Conor Stevenson - Perth City Cycles

Club rider times: 7:30.76 - Ross Thomson - Dunfermline CC 9:15.50 - Adrian Hay - Dunfermline CC 9:55.51 - Finlay Hamilton - Carnegie Cyclones

Well done to all and big congrats to Ross who was unlucky to miss out on the top spot by 2 tenths of a second.

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