NSW Hill Climb Champs 2015 – Orange riders climb high

Orange riders climb high at state competition at Mount Panorama

TEN riders from Orange Cycle Club (OCC) headed down to Mount Panorama at Bathurst where the NSW State Hill Climb Championships were held last Saturday morning.

Daniel Webb, being the only Orange cyclist in the event last year, managed to gather nine other riders to come along for the 2015 event. For eight of them it was the first time they would tackle the mountain.

First rider out of the starting gates was local legend and home town hero Tim Guy who did not disappoint with a cracking time of 8.53.46 which landed him a bronze medal in the tough elite category. Tim has won this event multiple times in the past and has made the podium each time he has ridden it, which is an outstanding record.

First timer Luke Cheetham and defending champion Daniel Webb were next to leave in the masters 2 category. Luke, being a rider who enjoys the challenge of a hill climb, rode a very solid ride and finished with a time of 12.02.54 for eighth position which is a great result for a very competitive category for 2015.

With overall finishing times a great deal quicker than last year’s event, Daniel Webb managed to pull 25 seconds out of his winning time from 2014 which landed him a second place with a time of 9.49.80.

OCC president Colin Dibble and club gentleman Andrew Foxall, also affectionately known as Dolph Lundgren, were next to head off in the masters 4 group. Both rode very respectable rides in a group which was also highly competitive on the day. Andrew finished 10th (11.28.97) and Colin 11th (11.41.09).

After a quick rear wheel change minutes before the start, Keven Eather, who has spent the last year riding from C grade up to A and on the back of some very good form, rode the ride of his life with a time of 10:42.91 collecting a silver medal in the masters 5 category.

Terry Rossi, Ian Reed and Micheal Cain were next in the masters 6 hill climb. Ian and Terry finished with very respectable times placing seventh and eighth, Ian’s time was 11.50.37 and Terry’s 12.21.97.

But the big surprise for master 6 was Mick Cain (AKA The Man of Steel), living up to his very big reputation riding himself into a silver medal position with a blistering time of 11.17.95.

Last but not least was Brian Kennelly who is no stranger to competition and would have preferred a race up the hill four times instead of one. He finished a very quick fourth in his category with a time of 11.27.10.

Well done to the group of 10 Orange riders who ventured down to Bathurst for the NSW State Hill Climb Championship, bringing four medals back and, being the first time for eight of the Orange riders at this event, it is an outstanding result.

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