Richard Gildea (Didcot Phoenix CC) and Anabell Orenz (North Cotswold CC) were fastest male and female riders respectively as Oxford University CC staged their hill-climb in Wytham Woods on Sunday.
Gildea covered the 1.7-kilometre course in a new course record time of 3.38, slicing exactly 20 seconds from the previous record held by Oxford University CC’s Angus Fisk, who was fifth on this occasion.
Gildea’s time gave him the win on the day by four seconds from Greg Fitzek (Cowley Road Condors CC), while David Ross (LFGSS CC) was third, another four seconds back.
Meanwhile in the women’s category Anabell Orenz (North Cotswold CC) was fastest in 4.45, giving her the win by 11 seconds from Tamara Davenne (Oxford University CC), while Aimee Lane (Wyre Forest CRC) third with 5.19.
The high winds from Storm Brian the previous day had died down somewhat but they did cause some crosswinds in areas of the wooded course where the trees had thinned out, and the organisers had to sweep the course on the morning to dispose of leaves, sticks and other detritus that had been left from overnight gusts.
Gildea, 32 and from Didcot, is a prolific time trial and hill-climb rider who already has several wins under his belt for the 2017 season.
He won the Watford Velo Sport hill-climb last weekend, and was also victorious in the Newbury Road Club climb on October 1.
September saw him place second in the Glossop Kinder Velo climb, the Halifax Imperial Wheelers climb, and the Reading CC two-stage, and he will be aiming to secure another victory – or at least a podium spot – in the National Hill-Climb Championships next Sunday.
For Orenz, this was her first open hill-climb win of the season, but comes after several strong performances. The 36-year-old from Gloucestershire was second in the previous weekend’s Stratford CC climb of Dovers hill, and was third in the Severn Road Club hill climb the weekend before that.
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Pos Name Team Time
1 Richard Gildea Didcot Phoenix CC Male 3:38
2 Greg Fitzek Cowley Road Condors CC Male 3:42
3 David Ross LFGSS CC Male 3:46
4 John Mulvey Cambridge University CC Male 3:59
5 Angus Fisk Oxford University CC Male 4:01
6 John Hunt Beacon Roads CC Male 4:02
7 Tejvan Pettinger Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team Male 4:05
8 James King Oxford University CC Male 4:06
9 David Pearson Oxford University CC Male 4:06
10 James Haworth Univ of Warwick Tri & Road CC Male 4:06
11 Matt Kerin Oxford University CC Male 4:09
12 Joe Baker Bolsover and District CC Male 4:11
13 Vincenzo Pratley Oxford University CC Male 4:15
14 Nathan Woodhouse Leighton Buzzard Road Cycling Club Male 4:16
15 Matthew Grey Spokes BPC Racing Male 4:16
16 Oliver Withers Reading CC Male 4:17
17 Peter Fry Cowley Road Condors CC Male 4:19
18 Eddie Rolls Oxford University CC Male 4:20
19 Oliver Bent Oxford University CC Male 4:21
20 James Scrivener Reading CC Male 4:21
21 Matthew Peters Oxford University CC Male 4:21
22 Nic Stevenson Westerley Cycling Club Male 4:21
23 Simon Hunt Farnborough & Camberley CC Male 4:22
24 Bryn Davies Oxford University CC Male 4:26
25 Alex Byrne-Smith LFGSS CC Male 4:30
26 James Beechey Baines Racing Silverstone Cycle Male 4:30
27 Jack Brent Oxford University CC Male 4:30
28 Andrew Pollard Cowley Road Condors CC Male 4:31
29 Jonathan Groves Rapha Cycling Club Male 4:32
30 Joe Morrow Oxford University CC Male 4:32
31 Peter Cowan Didcot Phoenix CC Male 4:35
32 Jon Cox Oxford University CC Male 4:36
33 Joshua Long Oxford University CC Male 4:37
34 Simon Abram Oxford University CC Male 4:38
35 Dan Neal Aylesbury CC Male 4:40
36 jack Pinchin A5 Rangers CC Male 4:40
37 Matthew Ridley Oxford University CC Male 4:41
38 Tianyou Xu Oxford University CC Male 4:41
39 Simon Bromfield Charlotteville Cycling Club Male 4:43
40 Jack Smith Brighton Mitre CC Male 4:44
41 Anabell Orenz North Cotswold CC Female 4:45
42 Valentin Sulzer Oxford University CC Male 4:50
43 Tamara Davenne Oxford University CC Female 4:56
44 Mark Shepherd Banjo Cycles.com/Raceware/Specialized Male 4:57
45 David McCann Beacon Roads CC Male 4:59
46 Robert McCraith Oxford University CC Male 5:06
47 Aimee Lane Wyre Forest Cycle Racing Club Female 5:19
48 Michael Kaye 100% ME Male 5:21
49 James Schofield Maybush Cycle Club Male 5:31
50 Justin Strauss Oxford University CC Male 5:32
51 Dan Batute Newbury RC Male 5:33
52 Hermione Harrison Oxford University CC Female 5:36
53 Alice Gatland Tuff Fitty Tri Club Female 5:48
David James-Cheesman Southdown Velo Male dns
James Walker Oxford Tri Club Male dns
Adam Hughes Ystwyth CC Male dns
Cyndi Goh Oxford University CC Female dns
Alastair Goodall Cowley Road Condors CC Male dns
Thomas Ash Oxford University CC Male dns
Ruben Green Aylesbury CC Male dns
Paul East Reading CC Male dns
Tom Bolton Cowley Road Condors CC Male dns
Tom Fricker Farnham RC Male dns
Tom Simmonds Velo Club Walcot Male dns
Ali Cigari Cowley Road Condors CC Male dns
Mathew Veal Oxford University CC Male dns