There were picture perfect conditions for Sunday’s South West Cycle Club Pile Road Hill Climb Championships and although there were complaints of a slight head/crosswind in the first section of the course a comparison from one year to the next shows most can be happy with an improvement in times posted.

One of the biggest improvers was Nicholas Lawler who claimed the King of the Mountain with a great ride and it has been a real pleasure to watch Nicholas progress with his cycling over the last couple of years always showing an exemplary attitude and a great representative of the South West Cycle Club.

Erin Kinneally from Busselton was the fastest female competitor and a worthy winner of the Queen of the Mountain. Partner Joel Bertram was pleased to be a couple of seconds quicker but in just six months Erin has improved out of sight and obviously hugely enjoys her cycling. Well done to Nat Commons the other female competitor in the longer distance who has also improved significantly and shows much more aptitude for hill climbing than she did this time last year.

Tony Doherty senior had a goal of getting under 20 minutes and easily achieved that also claiming young Tony’s scalp in the process.
Last year Ben Hastie only tackled the 2.5km event but this year he had no problem with the longer event. Great effort also by our other juniors over this distance with Mian showing heaps of future potential being just over 20 minutes and Bryce posting a huge personal best.

James Stephenson put in a very strong ride recording 18:34 and combined with Soren Groen who showed plenty of class in posting 17 flat, the City of Busselton – Tinelli team should be ones to watch in the upcoming Cristal teams series.
SWCC Racing’s Peter McDonald was probably slightly off his best with limited training but 16:47 was still an impressive time.

Chris DeChaneet was the only post Europe representative and resplendent in his new fluoro gear recorded a significant improvement on last year.

Adrian Wood paced himself in his own event in order to be able to keep up with the ever improving Courtland in the junior 2.5km climb where Courtland recorded fastest time of 6:55 ahead of the highly competitive Commons siblings. Josh was keen to stay well in front of Isabella who is starting to show some good form on the bike.

Many thanks to Suzanne for timing and putting signs out.

Click here for a link to times including comparison with last year.