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Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb 2016

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Bristol RC Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb 2016
A great turnout for the Bristol RC Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb today up Cheddar Gorge, on a cold day and into a headwind.

Fastest up the 4km Cheddar climb was Ross Phelps of Bristol RC and winner of the Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb Trophy, in a time of 10:16, beating Steve Thomas of Dream Cycling RT into second place by 29 seconds.  Graham Reeves of Bristol RC was third, a further 13 seconds back. 

Best Woman was Fiona Redding in a very good time of 12:18 to take 10th place overall.

Well done to everyone that took part and thanks to all those that came out to support and help. The club will make a donation of the entry proceeds to the Raj K Soni Legacy Fund.

Result

1

Ross Phelps

Bristol RC

10:16

2

Steve Thomas

Dream Cycling RT

10:45

3

Graham Reeves

Bristol RC

10:58

4

Sam Westlake

Bristol RC

11:05

5

Matt Franklin

Bristol RC

11:10

6

Gareth Edwards

Bristol RC

11:40

7

Cas Ludwig

Bristol RC

11:41

8

Adam Maslen

Bristol RC

11:54

9

Harry Bunneu

Unattached

12:02

10

Fiona Redding

Radeon-Bike Science RT

12:18

11

Chris Whitehouse

Bristol RC

12:33

12

Dave Clark

Bristol RC

12:37

13

Tom Goss

Bristol RC

12:42

14

Andy Bevan

VC St Raphael

13:16

15

Will Robbins

Bristol RC

13:48

16

Rob Wotherspoon

Bristol RC

13:50

17

Ruth Crewe

Unattached

13:53

18

Alex Brown

Bristol RC

13:55

19

Mark Sanders

Bristol RC

14:05

20

Danny Cox

Bristol RC

14:06

21

Ed Curran

Bristol RC

14:35

22

Gwen Bevan

VC St Raphael

14:39







Bristol RC Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb 2016 on Cheddar

The Hill Climb this year once again takes place up Cheddar Gorge on Saturday 22nd October 2016.  The race will start in the layby just up from Costa on the other side of the road and finish at the top where we always turn left (B3371 junction). 

The plan is to incorporate it into the clubrun and leave BW Cycling at 8.30am, then get to Costa at Cheddar for a 10.00am start or thereabouts. However you can always drive out if you want to. All Club members are encouraged to come and give it a go and see if they can beat the course record set in 2013 by Ben Davis in a time of 9:09.  Last year, Graham Reeves was the fastest Bristol RC rider up in 9:47 and will be defending his title. 
 
The entry fee is £3.00 on the line and a donation of proceeds will be made to the Raj K Soni Legacy Fund (www.rajksoni.org.uk).

The first rider will be off at 10.15am and then following riders at intervals of one minute.

Cheddar Gorge is a 3.5Km hill climb from the village of Cheddar up through the impressive rock of Cheddar Gorge to the top of the Mendips. Cheddar Gorge is about 15 miles South West of Bristol, just off the A 38.

  • Climb from 50m to 210m – height gain of 160m. (from bottom of village is 20m) but climb proper begins as you start to exit the village.
  • Average Gradient 4.5%

After a gentle climb through the village of Cheddar, the road begins a sharp rise through several hairpins cut into the rock face. Here there are sections of 16%. After 0.6mile, the gradient levels off and becomes a gentle 3-4% for another 2 miles to the summit. When racing it is important not to overcook it on initial steep section.

 

Cheddar Gorge is a 3.5Km hill climb from the village of Cheddar up through the impressive rock of Cheddar Gorge to the top of the Mendips. Cheddar Gorge is about 15 miles South West of Bristol, just off the A 38

  • Climb from 50m to 210m – height gain of 160m. (from bottom of village is 20m) but climb proper begins as you start to exit the village.
  • Average Gradient 4.5%

After a gentle climb through the village of Cheddar, the road begins a sharp rise through several hairpins cut into the rock face. Here there are sections of 16%. After 0.6mile, the gradient levels off and becomes a gentle 3-4% for another 2 miles to the summit. When racing it is important not to overcook it on the initial steep section.

Hill Climb Profile

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Bristol RC Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb 2015 on Cheddar

A very impressive turn out for the Bristol RC Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb today on Cheddar with many club members and second claim members taking part.

Fastest up the 4km Cheddar climb was Steve Brown of Dream Cycling RT in a fantastic time of 9:34, just beating teammate Steve Thomas into second place by 2 seconds.  Graham Reeves of Bristol RC was third in 9:47 and wins the Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb Trophy.  Graham is a recent member of Bristol RC and has just started racing so shows enormous promise for 2016.

Making up the Bristol RC Podium was Duncan Goodchild and Tom Brookes.

Best Woman was Maddie Moore, just back from regaining her Masters World Track Champion medals in Manchester, closely followed by Gwen Bevan of Bristol RC only 3 seconds back. Best Junior was Sam Long.

Well done to everyone that took part and thanks to all those that came out to support and help. The club will make a donation of the entry proceeds to the Raj K Soni Legacy Fund.

Result

1

Steve Brown

Dream Cycling RT

09:34

2

Steve Thomas

Dream Cycling RT

09:36

3

Graham Reeves

Bristol RC

09:47

4

Ben Nolan

 

09:51

5

Duncan Goodchild

Bristol RC

09:56

6

Tom Brookes

Bristol RC

10:00

7

Sam Westlake

Bristol RC

10:21

8

Stuart McCombie

T1Diabetes.info

10:24

9

Matthew Franklin

T1Diabetes.info

10:24

10

Billy Hill

Bristol RC

10:31

11

Alex Smith

Bristol RC

10:43

12

Rob Handley

Bristol RC

10:53

13

Adam Maslen

Bristol RC

10:54

14

Kareem Cole

Bristol RC

11:00

15

James Cady

Bristol RC

11:26

16

Dominik Burchette

Bristol RC

11:29

17

Alex Brown

Bristol RC

11:52

18

Danny Cox

Bristol RC

11:52

19

Will Clarke

Bristol RC

11:53

20

Jonathan Evans

Three Valleys MTB Club

11:53

21

Sam Long

Bristol RC

11:55

22

Mark Smith

 

12:14

23

Will Robbins

Bristol RC

12:18

24

Robin Coode

Bristol RC

12:30

25

Maddie Moore

VC St Raphael

12:52

26

Gwen Bevan

Bristol RC

12:55

27

Geoff Desmond

Bristol RC

12:58

28

Rob Wotherspoon

Bristol RC

13:53

Tom Brookes, Graham Reeves and Duncan Goodchild of Bristol RC


Graham Reeves, Steve Brown and Steve Thomas

See all the photos at: https://www.facebook.com/bristolroadclub/photos_stream


Bristol RC Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb 2015 on Cheddar

The Hill Climb this year once again takes place up Cheddar Gorge on Saturday 17th October 2015.  The race will start in the layby just up from Costa on the other side of the road and finish at the top where we always turn left (B3371 junction). 

The plan is to incorporate it into the clubrun and leave BW Cycling at 8.30am, then get to Costa at Cheddar for a 10.00am start or thereabouts. However you can always drive out if you want to. All Club members are encouraged to come and give it a go and see if they can beat the course record set in 2013 by Ben Davis in a time of 9:09.  Last year, Dominik Burchette was the fastest up in 10:26 and will be defending his title. We also expect Steve Thomas, winner in 2012 to be taking part. 
 
The entry fee is £3.00 on the line and a donation of proceeds will be made to the Raj K Soni Legacy Fund (www.rajksoni.org.uk).

The first rider will be off at 10.15am and then following riders at intervals of one minute.

Cheddar Gorge is a 3.5Km hill climb from the village of Cheddar up through the impressive rock of Cheddar Gorge to the top of the Mendips. Cheddar Gorge is about 15 miles South West of Bristol, just off the A 38.

  • Climb from 50m to 210m – height gain of 160m. (from bottom of village is 20m) but climb proper begins as you start to exit the village.
  • Average Gradient 4.5%

After a gentle climb through the village of Cheddar, the road begins a sharp rise through several hairpins cut into the rock face. Here there are sections of 16%. After 0.6mile, the gradient levels off and becomes a gentle 3-4% for another 2 miles to the summit. When racing it is important not to overcook it on initial steep section.

 

Cheddar Gorge is a 3.5Km hill climb from the village of Cheddar up through the impressive rock of Cheddar Gorge to the top of the Mendips. Cheddar Gorge is about 15 miles South West of Bristol, just off the A 38

  • Climb from 50m to 210m – height gain of 160m. (from bottom of village is 20m) but climb proper begins as you start to exit the village.
  • Average Gradient 4.5%

After a gentle climb through the village of Cheddar, the road begins a sharp rise through several hairpins cut into the rock face. Here there are sections of 16%. After 0.6mile, the gradient levels off and becomes a gentle 3-4% for another 2 miles to the summit. When racing it is important not to overcook it on initial steep section.


Hill Climb Profile
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Bristol RC Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb 2014 on Cheddar

Dominik Burchette has won the Bristol RC Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb in a fantastic time of 10:26, beating Richard Shortridge into second place just 14 secs back in 10:40.  Jack Sawyer was third to round out the podium.

Best Woman was Holly James (10th) and best Junior was Alex Yeo (4th), both racing in their first Hill Climb.

Well done to everyone that took part and thanks to all those that came out to support and help. The club will make a donation of proceeds to the Raj K Soni Legacy Fund.

Result

PlaceNameTime
1Dominik Burchette10:26
2Richard Shortridge10:40
3Jack Sawyer11:00
4Alex Yeo (J)11:04
5Troy Mills11:09
6Matt Franklin11:19
7Owen Byrne11:41
8Russ Turner11:51
9Marco Benitez11:58
10Holly James (W)12:05
11Sam Lusardi12:12
12Damian Lavercombe12:19
13Kareem Cole12:24
14Andy Bevan13:01
15Robin Coode13:16
16=James Cady13:24
16=Adam Maslen13:24
18Milton Freeway13:46
19Fiona Redding (W)14:50
20Dominic Wade17:29
 
 
 
 
The Hill Climb this year once again takes place up Cheddar Gorge on Saturday 11th October 2014.  The race will start in the layby just up from Costa on the other side of the road and finish at the top where we always turn left (B3371 junction). 

The plan is to incorporate it into the clubrun and leave BW Cycling at 8.30am, then get to Costa at Cheddar for a 10.00am start or thereabouts. However you can always drive out if you want to. All Club members are encouraged to come and give it a go and see if they can beat the course record set last year by Ben Davis in a time of 9:09.
 
The entry fee is £3.00 on the line and a donation of proceeds will be made to the Raj K Soni Legacy Fund (www.rajksoni.org.uk).

The first rider will be off at 10.15am and then following riders at intervals of one minute.

Cheddar Gorge is a 3.5Km hill climb from the village of Cheddar up through the impressive rock of Cheddar Gorge to the top of the Mendips. Cheddar Gorge is about 15 miles South West of Bristol, just off the A 38.

  • Climb from 50m to 210m – height gain of 160m. (from bottom of village is 20m) but climb proper begins as you start to exit the village.
  • Average Gradient 4.5%

After a gentle climb through the village of Cheddar, the road begins a sharp rise through several hairpins cut into the rock face. Here there are sections of 16%. After 0.6mile, the gradient levels off and becomes a gentle 3-4% for another 2 miles to the summit. When racing it is important not to overcook it on initial steep section.

 

Cheddar Gorge is a 3.5Km hill climb from the village of Cheddar up through the impressive rock of Cheddar Gorge to the top of the Mendips. Cheddar Gorge is about 15 miles South West of Bristol, just off the A 38

  • Climb from 50m to 210m – height gain of 160m. (from bottom of village is 20m) but climb proper begins as you start to exit the village.
  • Average Gradient 4.5%

After a gentle climb through the village of Cheddar, the road begins a sharp rise through several hairpins cut into the rock face. Here there are sections of 16%. After 0.6mile, the gradient levels off and becomes a gentle 3-4% for another 2 miles to the summit. When racing it is important not to overcook it on initial steep section.

 
Hill Climb Profile
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Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb 2013
Ben Davis has won the Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb in an amazing time of 9:09, beating last year's winner Steve Thomas into second place also with a fantastic time of 9:31.

Go check on your Strava to see how close you can get to these guys.

Best Woman was Ellen Nelissen and best Junior was Tom Lear, both racing for the first time.

Well done to everyone that took part and thanks to all those that came out to support and help. The club will make a donation of proceeds to the Raj K Soni Legacy Fund. 
 
Results

1

Ben

Davis

09:09

2

Steve

Thomas

09:31

3

Matt

Franklin

10:35

4

Tom

Goss

10:43

5

Ben

Arthur

11:15

6

Will

Hatton

11:22

7

Steve

Pryn

11:34

8

Dave

Allen

11:35

=9

Nathan

Anscombe

11:48

=9

Owen

Byrne

11:48

11

Phil

Morton

12:32

12

Will

Robbins

12:36

13

Jack

Sawyer

12:37

14

Andy

Bevan

12:49

15

Tom

Lear

13:02

16

Danny

Cox

13:05

17

Ellen

Nelissen

13:45

18

Gareth

Bevan

14:07

  
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Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb 2012
Steve Thomas has won the Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb with a stunning ride to beat Matt Franklin by 20 secs. 
 
Sunday 14th October was a fine day on Cheddar Gorge and everyone met in Costa at the bottom of the climb, most riding out to the event. 
 
We had 17 starters with as many supporters out to watch and cheer.  Eveyone was very aware of the meaning of the event  this year, in the memory of young Raj Soni, who was tragically killed in July this year in a riding accident. Raj loved this climb and would have been challenging Steve closely that's for sure. 
 
Results
1 Steve Thomas 10:19
2 Matt Franklin 10:39
3 Matt Dawson 10:53
4 Rob Atkin 10:58
5 Osc Glanville 11:06
6 John Russell 11:08
7 Mat Blackmore 11:22
8 Kevin Jones 11:31
9 Jack Sawyer (J) 12:07
10 Dan Marshall (J) 12:20
11 Jon Sellers 12:47
12 Nathan Anscombe 13:01
13 Andy Perry 13:07
14 Robyn Golding (W) 13:11
15 Jason White 13:43
16 Matt Ellis 14:48
17 Sarah Stewart (W) 17:50
 
Bristol RC now have a fabulous new cup for this event which will be presented to Steve Thomas at the Annual Dinner on 24 November 2012. We expect the Hill Climb to grow in stature over the next few years and entries to increase dramatically next year now that we have established it on Cheddar Gorge.
 
We will announce the date for 2013 on this page, but it will be sometime in October, so check back here for details.
 
Steve Thomas receiving the Hill Climb Trophy from Graham Moore
 
Steve Thomas on the way to a fantastic win and a time to challenge the best!
 
See our Facebook Page for more photos of the event at Raj Soni Memorial Hill Climb Photos
 
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Hill Climb 2011
Matt Franklin was best in the HIll Climb with a fantastic ride up Belmont Hill in a time of 4mins 4 secs, beating Ben Hall in to second place, just 10 seconds behind and then Kevin Jones a further 16 seconds back. 
 
The youngest member of the club, Jack Sawyer, riding his first ever race, let alone hill climb rode brilliantly shaking off some tired legs from the saturday club run, while Jason White emerged from retirement to hopefully build up for a new season in 2012.
 

Matt Franklin              00:04.04

Ben Hall                     00:04.14

Kevin Jones                00:04.31

Jack Sawyer (J)          00:05.03              

Jason White               00:05.18

Jeremy Croucher         00:05.39

 
 
 
See more pictures on the Facebook page at Bristol Road Club on Facebook
 
Belmont Hill on Sunday 11 December 2011 at 9.30am
  
This will be open to full and second claim Club Members as priority, then restricted to a maximum of 40 riders. The entry fee is £2.
Winner will be awarded the Bristol RC Hill Climb Trophy (only Full Club Members eligible).
Meet at top of hill on right where there is an open area for parking.  Get there for 9am.
Email if you have any questions.
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