King of the Hill MTB Challenge

Resuls for King of the Hill are in - big thanks to Ron "Father Time" Milbank for doing the time keeping and putting the results together.

There was a great turnout of 44 riders varying in age from mid-teens to, well-aged.

The head of the race was a matter of somewhat better-aged Sarnim leading from the start with a pack of youngsters snapping at his heals. However, after the Mapp Track and the punishing climb up to Mt Vernon he had pulled a good gap that only stretched as the race progressed.

Mitchell wasn't to far behind and came in second with Kiel just over six minutes back after apparently suffering on the climb, but using his descending skill to catch and pass some of the youngsters ahead of him.

Next home was was Ken, who showed the rest of the young guns that age is no barrier to putting in a quick time, with Ethan crossing the line seconds later.

The top five did well to cover the course, which involved over 800 metres of climbing in under 1h20.

In the ladies race young Liv showed her strength to take the Queen of the Hill title around a minute ahead of a hard charging Angela, while Kathryn came in a little later in third spot.

In all almost the entire field finished without trouble, with Jason suffering a broken chain (and vowing to throw the bike in the rubbish bin when he got home) while Basil and Matthew got lost.

The organisers would like to thank the sponsors - Avantiplus, Bikefit, Cycleworld, The Honey Company, Dodson Street and who ever it was the bags of chocolates came from. Also, a big thanks to farmer Pete Ryan for opening all the gates for us.

The aim this year was to keep the event fairly simple and next year we will look to make a more interesting course.

Thanks for taking part.

Cheers and have a blessed Christmas