It’s hard to explain the attraction of hill climbs. Pain? Suffering? The reward of the descent? Views? Whatever it is, Scrabo has it in bucket loads.
After a wet and windy day, the clouds cleared long enough this evening to give the riders a dry ride, with a strong tailwind on the final steep metres to the top.
Stuart Miller was in dominant form, posting an excellent 5:03 to take a clear win. The battle for second was much tighter, with Andrew Hedley finishing just 1 second ahead of Marc Allen.
It was encouraging to see a couple of younger riders carrying on the strong history of hill climbing in the Ards club, with Karl Rockett (U16) posting a fast 6:17, and Jamie Rockett (U14) recording 3:21 over the final kilometre (new Cycling Ireland rules limit U14 riders to 1km hill climbs).
|1||Stuart Millar||Ards CC||5:03|
|2||Andrew Hedley||Ards CC||5:28|
|3||Marc Allen||Ards CC||5:29|
|4||David Spalding||North Down CC||5:39|
|5=||Ian Carson||Ards CC||6:00|
|5=||James Alexander||McConvey Cycles||6:00|
|7||Joseph Giles||Ards CC||6:14|
|8||Karl Rockett||Ards CC||6:17|
|9||Richard Hanna||Ards CC||6:36|
|10||Colin Wilson||Ards CC||7:54|
|–||Jamie Rockett||Ards CC||U14 – 3:21|