The final Championship of The Little Sweetpea Gardens/BBR Hill Climb Series was settled as David Scott took a commanding win in Round 9, Hafren CC’s Pentre’r Beirdd Hill Climb. This climb based on the A490 averages 7.2%, but that maks a couple of sharper pulls, especially around the hairpin bend which makes the legs quake. Despite a winning effort of 3 minutes 28 seconds to take victory by 15 seconds from Solihull CC’s James Pearce, Scott could not best Kirk Vickers’ 2020 Course Record of 3:22. The Mule CC rider elevated himself into 4th place overall in the Championship with Silver and Bronze medals still in play despite Vickers sealing Gold the afternoon before.

Scott was pleased with his morning’s work, stating: “I was happy to get a good win on there, there were quite favourable conditions. It suits me quite well because it’s quite steep the whole way and you’ve just got to go as hard as you can for the first half and hang on for the second half, which I managed to do. I felt like I paced it pretty well and got a significant margin on it this time, though not enough to beat Kirk’s record. It was good to have so many local riders taking part; we rode over as a club”. Scott’s last comment refers to Mule putting out six riders, with team mate James Davies helping himself to third spot on the morning with a fine 3:45, just two seconds off Pearce, but also taking an even bigger win of 37 seconds in the Veteran’s Championship from Paramount CRT’s Chris Riley. Davies Ws experiencing this climb for the first time and still has a chance of taking Silver with two rounds remaining. He stated: “It’s a hard climb, particularly around the hairpin bend which is tough; it was about digging in and pushing on. I was surprised to be first Veteran by over half a minute, great to have a lot of club mates taking part and putting on a good show as a club”.  

With Neil Coles third Veteran in 4:47 he can no longer catch Newport Shropshire CC’s John Hines, who took Veteran’s Gold without turning a pedal thanks to three wins and three runner-up spots putting him in a now unassailable position. Hines was delighted to take Gold, but his comments reveal that he’s not going to be resting on his laurels: “I’ve really enjoyed racing the series so far: great venues, great organisation from all the clubs and wonderful camaraderie from all the competitors. I’m really happy to win the Gold medal but I know I’ll need to work very hard to hold onto it next year as there’s some super quick Veterans out there and I didn’t have it all my own way by any means! I’m looking forward to the final two rounds next month”.

In the Juniors Mid Shropshire Wheelers’ Ben Pierce added a further 20 points to his tally which keeps him in contention for the remaining medal places after taking the Junior win in 3:47, 10 seconds ahead of Junior Series winner Jack Young, with the youngster finishing a strong 4th overall on the strength of this climb. Pierce is experiencing the hill climb format for the first time and seems to have taken to it well, commenting: “I enjoyed taking part; it’s the first year I’ve taken part in hill climbs. The event was well organised”.

Pierce isn’t the only rider trying their luck on the vertical axis for the first time with Market Drayton CC’s Alison Dockney showing why she has won Gold in her maiden season with a 58 second margin over Mule CC’s Sally Ellis. Dockney stopped the watch on 4:27 in her second race in just 18 hours: “A magical overnight recovery and I felt good, found some power and was pleased with the result. I just managed to hold off coach Dave Scott on the line thanks to much encouragement! Thank you to hosts Hafren CC”.

Full result:

1David ScottMule CCS3:2820
2James PearceSolihull CCS3:43.
3James DaviesMule CCV3:4518
4Ben PierceMid Shropshire WheelersJ3:4716
5John WoodwardUnattachedS3:53.
6Jack YoungOswestry Paragon CCJ3:5714
7Jed FriskneyOswestry Paragon CCS4:1012
8Chris RileyParamount CRTV4:2210
9Alison DockneyMarket Drayton CCW4:278
10Robert McGregorParamount CRTS4:316
11Conrad TaylorHafren CCS4:334
12Neil ColesOswestry Paragon CCV4:472
13Jonathan DavisMule CCV4:592
14Robin NobleMule CCV5:092
15Sally  EllisMule CCW5:252
16Sue TaylorMule CCWV7:352


Vets Pos’nNameClubCatTimeVets Points
1James DaviesMule CCV3:4520
2Chris RileyParamount CRTV4:2218
3Neil ColesOswestry Paragon CCV4:4716
4Jonathan DavisMule CCV4:5914
5Robin NobleMule CCV5:0912
6Sue TaylorMule CCWV7:3510


Women’s Pos’nNameClubCatTimeWomen’s Points
1Alison DockneyMarket Drayton CCW4:2720
2Sally  EllisMule CCW5:2518
3Sue TaylorMule CCWV7:3516


Junior Pos’nNameClubCatTimeJunior Points
1Ben PierceMid Shropshire WheelersJ3:4720
2Jack YoungOswestry Paragon CCJ3:5718

Cumulative standings after nine rounds

Overall Top 10:

Position Name Club Cat Best 6
1 Kirk Vickers Holohan Coaching RT S 120
2 Tomos Hales Wrekinsport CC S 90
3 Jack Young Oswestry Paragon CC J 84
4 David Scott Mule CC S 76
5 Robbie Disney Ludlow CC S 74
6 John Hines Newport Shropshire CC V 60
7 Louis Lermite Mule CC J 50
=8 Ben Pierce Mid Shropshire Wheelers J 44
=8 Mason Durant Paramount CRT S 44
10 James Davies Mule CC V 40

Veteran’s Top 10:

Position Name Club Cat Best 6
1 John Hines Newport Shropshire CC V 114
2 Neil Coles Oswestry Paragon CC V 78
3 Chris Riley Paramount CRT V 72
4 Peter Jukes Mid Shropshire Wheelers V 66
5 James Davies Mule CC V 60
6 Scott Palmer Bridgnorth CC V 20
7 James Griffiths Clee Cycles V 18
=8 Des Pugh Hafren CC V 16
=8 Mark White Mid Shropshire Wheelers V 16
=8 Rob Kerr Oswestry Paragon CC V 16
=8 Steve Minton Ludlow Brewery RT V 16

Junior Top 10:

Position Name Club Cat Best 6
1 Jack Young Oswestry Paragon CC J 116
2 Joseph Lycett Mid Shropshire Wheelers J 70
3 Louis Lermite Mule CC J 60
4 Ben Pierce Mid Shropshire Wheelers J 56
5 Luka Stolic Wrekinsport CC J 36
6 Tom Hyde Newport Shropshire CC J 34
7 Ben Southgate Wrekinsport CC J 32
8 Harvey Griffiths Ludlow Brewery RT J 18
=9 Cameron Pember Ludlow Brewery RT J 16
=9 Noah White Mid Shropshire Wheelers J 16

Women’s standings:

Position Name Club Cat Best 6
1 Alison Dockney Market Drayton CC W 100
=2 Clare Cotterill Wrekinsport CC WV 18
=2 Elizabeth Breeze Mule CC WV 18
=2 Sally Ellis Mule CC W 18
5 Sue Taylor Mule CC WV 16
6 Victoria Doran Wrekinsport CC WV 16