It was inevitable that rain would come and come it did. The rain did not stop from the time I woke up to the time we finished the hill climb. However this did not dampen spirits as all riders turned up and all but two rode through the flooded roads. Some of it felt like riding through a river and maybe a boat might have been a better option! All riders arrived safely at the top and then congregated around the tea and coffee and apple flapjacks (thanks Marina!) as the rain continued.
Fastest male up the climb was Chris Eschle in a time of 3m 09s and fastest female was Alison Wood in a time of 4m 55s. Congratulations to them and to all those who rode especially considering several had not been up the climb before. For the full results go to the timetrial results page.
On a personal note “thanks” to Rory from Upper Clacton who helped me to charge my car battery and made us tea after the hill climb and before the BBQ at Redbridge Cycling Centre while I was there to collect something off eBay. What a Star!
Meanwhile over at Redbridge Cycling Centre on the top of Hog Hill, a rather gloomy greyness replaced the usual panorama of London. However, that wasnt enough to stop Trevor Benson from priming the charcoal for the BBQ and soon we were enjoying the conviviality in the warmth of the club room. Thanks and appreciation go to Trevor and Wendy, our social secretary, for preparing the excellent food, to Tony Jupp for slaving over the barbecue, to Sylvia and the crew from the Cycling Centre for supplying us with a clean barbecue and for keeping us topped up with tea and coffee, and finally for the Cycling Centre for proving the club room.
Stewart Fung & Paul O’Kelly