No togs this week so just my masterpiece (Painting: Leonardo da Fucking Vinci)

It was a hot and humid Tuesday that greeted the twenty racers taking on the double headed hill climbing monster of round 6 of Le Series de Spring. We rendezvoused on Clough Lane and went through the usual ritual of registration and chucking money and random prizes in piles. This fortnight’s donation bought two races for the price of one, a time trial and a technical hill climb testing both fitness and bike skills. First off was the time trail, up what used to be affectionately known as ‘The Rocky Bastard’ before Sheffield’s Highways and byways boneheads decided to make it in to yet another 2 metre wide perfectly manicured, accessible to all but satisfying none, right of way (see Ride Sheffield for more info on the struggle against the insanity). It’s been part of my local loop for as long as I’ve been riding mountain bikes and before being sanitised was a real technical challenge. As it is now, it’s a short steep climb which peters out in to three flattish corners before rejoining the road, the perfect setting for the first half of the race.



Time Trial
Position race # Name Time Points
1 18 James Swinden 01:49 16
2 3 Martin Baker 01:56 15
3 15 Rob Jolley 02:09 14
4 7 Dave James 02:11 13
5 12 Simon Bowns 02:23 12
6 2 Ally Fraser 02:26 11
6 13 Tim Pearson 02:26 11
8 1 Nick Hamilton 02:27 9
9 16 Chris Pearson 02:34 8
10 17 Alex Owen 02:36 7
11 20 Adam Wiles 02:36 6
12 11 Joe Malinson 02:37 5
13 4 Henry Norman 02:39 4
14 10 Marco Wood-Bonelli 02:41 3
15 19 Matt Hunt 03:02 2
16 14 Ol Green 03:05 1
17 6 John Horscroft 03:11 1
18 5 Jody Vallance 03:26 1
19 8 Oscar Monk 04:03 1
20 9 Jake Monk 04:10 1

We set off in number order at 30 second intervals up the hill. Marian was kind enough to start us off and Si Garrard was good enough clock the times at the top of the hill. I was first off and miss judged the length of the hill holding back a bit too much, leaving too much in the tank. As I rolled back down the hill to go and setup the second half of the evening I was greeted by many a grimacing face, most of them swearing at me and telling what I wanker I was for thinking this one up. They love it really. With only half a minute between racers and an average time of just under 3 minutes there was lots of overtaking going on which confused the timings slightly but we got them ironed out eventually. Swinny blasted his way to the win narrowly beating Martin Baker as the both got in under the two minute mark. Dave James’ commuting legs and lycra fetish brought him an impressive third place with a 2:11. We had four new riders join the racing for the first time for this one and hopefully they haven’t been too put off. Marco and the Monk Twins all competed well and I may have to consider adding some youngster categories to give them a fighting chance. Race done, it was a ride back down the valley to the steep bit.

Tech
Position race # Name 1st run 2nd Run Best Points
1 15 Rob Jolley 9 2 9 16
1 13 Tim Pearson 6 9 9 16
1 16 Chris Pearson 9 9 9 16
1 18 James Swinden 3 9 9 16
5 4 Henry Norman 2 7 7 12
6 19 Matt Hunt 4 4 4 11
6 20 Adam Wiles 4 3 4 11
6 3 Martin Baker 3 4 4 11
9 8 Oscar Monk 1 3 3 8
9 14 Ol Green 3 2 3 8
9 11 Joe Malinson 3 2 3 8
12 1 Nick Hamilton 2 1 2 5
12 5 Jody Vallance 2 2 2 5
12 12 Simon Bowns 0 2 2 5
12 17 Alex Owen 2 2 2 5
12 9 Jake Monk 1 2 2 5
12 10 Marco
Wood-Bonelli
2 2 2 5
12 6 John Horscroft 2 2 2 5
19 7 Dave James 1 2 2 5
20 2 Ally Fraser 1 1 1 1

I picked a quiet spot in Bingham Park and set up a series of gates meandering up the hill taking in various obstacles along the way. A bit more like a trials course than a hill climb really but all rideable, riders got points for every set of posts they got their front wheel though. Dave James and Si Bowns got the awards for chumps of the night, they both managed to completely miss the first gate. The first real obstacle came at gate two with a long set of slippery roots to be reckoned with and tape to stay within. Lots of riders pushed the limits of the tape only to fall foul when trying to get past the next post. The next gate surrounded a nasty rock step but it had just enough of a run up to make it rollable. However, with most folks in granny there were many legs spinning out. Following the step came a steep and loose loam covered bank at a point where most riders who’d made it this far were out of breath. Matt Hunt made it here twice but his big wheels couldn’t quite gain the traction needed. Then at the top of a testing climbing came a couple of tight corners with a short downhill section to mix things up. This was the downfall of Henry Norman who just under estimated the under growth. Rob Jolley was one of only two riders to complete the course on his first run ploughing through most of the obstacles like they were birds in Corp. The Pearson Bro’s used their trials skills to back hop their way to the top in impressive style, Chris doing it twice, Tim needing a second attempt. Victor of the first leg, Swinny, and current series leader also made it to the top on his second go after a poor first attempt getting to only gate 3.

Spring Series – Round 6 – Hill Climb
Overall Race # Name Time Tech Total Series Points
1 18 James Swinden 16 16 32 16
2 15 Rob Jolley 14 16 30 15
3 13 Tim Pearson 11 16 27 14
4 3 Martin Baker 15 11 26 13
5 16 Chris Pearson 8 16 24 12
6 7 Dave James 13 5 18 11
7 12 Simon Bowns 12 5 17 10
8 20 Adam Wiles 6 11 17 10
9 4 Henry Norman 4 12 16 8
10 1 Nick Hamilton 9 5 14 7
11 11 Joe Malinson 5 8 13 6
12 19 Matt Hunt 2 11 13 5
13 2 Ally Fraser 11 1 12 5
14 17 Alex Owen 7 5 12 5
15 8 Oscar Monk 1 8 9 2
16 14 Ol Green 1 8 9 2
17 10 Marco
Wood-Bonelli
3 5 8 1
18 5 Jody Vallance 1 5 6 16
19 6 John Horscroft 1 5 6 1
20 9 Jake Monk 1 5 6 1

Making up the scoring system on the spot, the winner of the first leg was awarded 16 points with second place gaining 15 and so on. The same applied for the second leg but points were awarded equally to any riders reaching the same gate. The total of the two then gave the race winner. This would have been easy enough had it not been for the infestation of midges biting at every exposed bit of flesh. Thankfully everyone was patient enough and the prize giving went without riot.

So to the series standings. Swinny is still way out out in front but Timmy has pulled ahead of his brother and is now in equal second place with me. Martin Baker continues his climb up the table nudging ahead of Chris Pearson. Jody takes over as the current Ladies champion putting quite a lead in to Katie Hallam.

Spring Series Standings
Position Name Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Total
1 Swinny 15 16 16 15 16 78
2 Nick Hamilton 12 11 11 9 11 7 61
3 Tim Pearson 16 6 15 9 14 60
4 Will Swinden 16 14 13 1 2 46
5 Martin Baker 14 1 1 1 14 13 44
6 Chris Pearson 8 10 1 12 12 43
7 Jolley 1 10 7 8 15 41
8 Ruari Hallam 11 14 13 1 39
9 Steve taylor 12 12 1 13 38
10 Jordon Gould 15 15 6 36
11 jody Vallance 1 15 16 32
12 Joe Mallinson 1 13 8 1 6 29
13 Ally Fraser 10 2 7 1 1 5 26
14 Dave James 1 10 11 22
15 Adam Wiles 1 7 1 10 19
16 Katie Hallam 1 16 17
16 Simon Choppin 1 1 15 17
16 Matt Hunt 9 1 1 1 5 17
19 Jack read 16 16
19 Liz Bowman 16 16
19 Hanna Jonsson 16 16
22 Tom Stewart 15 15
23 Davi Birks 14 14
23 John Inman 13 1 14
23 Luke Meredith 14 14
23 Rob Stokes 13 1 14
27 Cheggers 1 11 12
27 Ed Thomsett 12 12
27 Steve
Hardcastle
6 6 12
30 Danny Whitehead 5 2 4 11
30 Dave Camus 1 4 6 11
30 Chris Davey 10 1 11
30 Simon Bowns 1 10 11
34 Malco 9 9
34 Nat Hay 9 9
36 Henry Norman 8 8
37 Sam Taylor 7 7
37 Oli Cooper 7 7
39 Shane Townsend 3 1 1 1 6
39 Joe Bowman 2 4 6
39 Alex Owen 1 5 6
42 Dean Dobson 5 5
42 Dave Mitchell 5 5
42 Duncan Philpott 2 3 5
42 James Irwin 3 1 1 5
42 Ivor Biggun 5 5
42 Ol Green 1 1 1 2 5
48 Duncan Wiggans 4 4
49 Franky
Fitzpatrick
3 3
49 Denis Cumming 2 1 3
49 Neil Hunt 3 3
52 Oscar Monk 2 2
53 Harry Tate 1 1
53 Simon Fagg 1 1
53 Tom Kahler 1 1
53 Will Shaw 1 1
53 James Crossland 1 1
53 Sam Reeve 1 1
53 Chris Palmer 1 1
53 Rich Baybutt 1 1
53 Marco
Wood-Bonelli
1 1
53 John Horscroft 1 1
53 Jake Monk 1 1

Its amazing that we’ve had over 60 riders having taken part in the series but I’ve decided its about time to draw a line under spring and to roll on summer. We will have two more races in this series, the next one will be Cycle Speedway, the following race will be a classic Peaks XC route heading out from 18 bikes. More details will follow and calculations of series points to see who can still clinch the win??

Nick