This Saturday sees the club’s annual open hillclimb on Burrington Combe. It attracts a large field and is usually won by Tejvan Pettinger of Sri Chinmoy. Tejvan has to be a good bet for this year’s national hillclimb in two weeks time; it’s a climb that suits him; long and not steep. I guess it depends if Wiggins and the other pro-monsters turn up. There is a rumour doing the rounds that some of the Sky chaps might put in an appearance, Rob Hayles is riding. Burrington is a good warmup for this year’s national and it’s also a really beautiful climb. it pitches up a bit in places but is fairly benign, averaging at around 6-7% for 2 miles.
the first year i rode i did it on a 65″ gear, coming 5th with 8.01. Last year I rode gears and chipped quite a bit of time off, conditions were similar, if a bit colder. I came 5th again with a 7.45. This year if there’s a headwind roaring down the valley then a quick time is out of the question. However, if it’s still or there’s a tailwind, then i’m aiming to go under 7.40. My second goal for the race is to try and get 4th place or higher, instead of 5th. Essentially, i’m up against it to get in amongst Tejvan, Tavis Walker and James Dobbin, but we shall see. i shall ride hard and fast, eyeballs on sticks. Glyn is also riding, fresh from his awesome ride at Catford, taking second place behind the westcountry warrior, Rob Gough, and Alec Baskaya is also on the startsheet. it’s going to be a tough one.
beyond that, i have westclose hill on the saturday, a real brute of a climb up the other side of the mendips, 6 minutes of pain. i’m hoping for top 3.
slightly pretentious but pretty video from Catford: