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Staple Lane Hillclimb

posted 14 Oct 2017, 08:45 by Lara Taylor   [ updated 14 Oct 2017, 08:47 ]
Great turn-out today at our final TT of the season, which (for the first time in this modern series) took in a hillclimb, namely the GH/44, ascending Staple Lane north of Shere for 1.4 miles (or 2.2km for all those metricists)!

Awesome to see a whole load of new faces on the start line, including a sprinkling of non-VCGHers who are always welcome. Some really fantastic times too, with Ben Hopwood (Just Pedal) in first place with an amazing 04:55, followed by Joshua Monk (The Cycle Room) in 05:20. First VCGHer home was Karl Chandler in 3rd position with 05:35. First lady home was Lucy Davies in an impressive 07:04.

A couple of apologies first: we intended to have tea and coffee at the finish line (the usual mobile café unfortunately choosing to be on holiday at the time), but due to a technical hitch with the tea urn, that wasn't possible (mental note not to take the rental company's word for it next time  😜 ). And we also made a couple of stupid errors with the finish times which have now been adjusted, but apologies to those affected.

Special thanks go out to Marco Burgin, Matt Hurst, Lara O'Keeffe and Sara Horner for helping out, and to the lovely few who volunteered their help over the past few days - it's always much appreciated. Also to James Evans whose merry cowbell could be heard across the whole of the North Downs this morning, along with the rest of the guys who came out to support.

So that's it for our little TT season for 2017. It's been a blast. Hope you've all enjoyed it (or thereabouts!) and look forward to seeing you in spring next year for the 2018 season.