Sandy Ladyman, winner Blue Grade Christine Meijborg winner Black Grade
All photos by Michelle Spiel.
The skies were clear but a strong cross and at times head wind made the 4km Hill Climb outside of Kersbrook South Australia seem like an eternity, when the women lined up for the Skinny Lattes Cycling Club's final Hill Climb for the season on Sunday. With some of the riders supporting Amy's Gran Fondo in Victoria, the City to Bay run in Adelaide and Meriel Custance heading off to Europe to race Masters World Championships numbers were low in the top grade however there was strong support across all other grades.
The adverse weather conditions meant that for most riders this was not the day to be setting a personal best time up the climb, however one of the two exceptions to this was the notable effort by new rider Kim Clarke who took 13.94 seconds of her previous time and the only other PB set was by Abbey-Leigh Dalton who took 3.96 seconds of her previous time.
Leanne Davies (Red Grade) came out and was determined to reverse the previous Hill Climb result which had fellow Norwood CC team mate Alissa Byron with the fastest time up the climb. Davies 1st was successful in not only taking the fastest time from Byron 2nd but she also extended her lead in the series. Davies set the fastest time across all grades.
With Janine Mckinnon overseas Michelle Crick saw the Hill Climb as an opportunity to get a valuable series lead (Yellow Grade) on Vicki Lynne Birks who will be hard to beat with her extensive experience in circuit racing and sprinting. Crick 1st was on form and showed impressive style on the climb with her taking out the win over Margaret Boylan 2nd and new comer Shylie Davidson 3rd. Davidson who has come from a strong rowing background has adapted quickly to competitive cycling and we look forward to seeing her develop as a rider.
Sandra Ladyman 1st (Blue Grade) showed no mercy to her fellow competitors when she took the win from Heather Barclay 2nd and Skinny Lattes CC president Felicity Laing 3rd. Ladyman who has shown her strengths on the hills has a narrow lead in the series and this grade will perhaps have the most exciting racing going into the final round with the top five riders only separated by seven points, the overall win could be anyone’s.
Christine Meijborg's 1st (Black Grade) extensive training for the Cycle for Culture ride paid off when she set the fastest time in the Black Grade from Caroline Wilsch 2nd and Margaret Warner 3rd. However, Wilsch still has an impressive lead in the series will be looking to protect that lead in the final round.
Final round will be at Victoria Park Circuit, Adelaide Parklands on October 27th 9am.
RED GRADE HILL CLIMB RESULTS RED SERIES POINTS
YELLOW GRADE HILL CLIMB RESULTS YELLOW SERIES POINTS
BLUE GRADE HILL CLIMB RESULTS BLUE SERIES POINTS
BLACK GRADE HILL CLIMB RESULTS BLACK SERIES POINTS
JUNIOR GRADE HILL CLIMB RESULTS JUNIOR SERIES POINTS
Michelle Crick winner Yellow Grade Leanne Davies winner Red Grade
The Skinny Lattes Cycling Club would like to acknowledge the following people who assisted on the day.
David Birks, Graeme Zucker, Rob Faulkner, Sharee Faulkner, David Pratt, Russell Johnstone, Michelle Spiel, Carol Moran & John Murray.
Medical services Dennis Crisp.