Rain & Fog Play Havoc with Mid Devon Hill Climbs


Rain and fog on Haytor sees Mid Devon CC hill climb shortened and won by Ben Davis of Bristol RC

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A week ago the Tour of Britain was blessed with fine weather, but competitors for the Mid Devon hill climbs were met with rain and fog on Haytor. The last mile of the climb was deemed to be unsafe with visibilty very bad, so a decision was made to cut the event from 3.1 to 2 miles, thus avoiding a mist shrouded finish.

Despite this a keen contest ensued, and despite the weather 24 riders out of 33 took to the start line. The first four riders were separated by 8 seconds. Winner was up and coming Bristol Road Club rider Ben Davis, beating second placed Charles Coleman of VC Walcot by 6 seconds. Race favourites Tavis Walker of VC Walcot and James Dobbin of Arctic-SRAM RT finished in third and fourth place respectively. Andrew Feather of Exeter Wheelers was the top local rider in 5th place.

James Davey of the promoting club was top junior, finishing in a fine 8th place overall, whilst the vetaran awards were won by Ian Rowe of North Devon Wheelers and Malcolm Chave of Okehampton CC. Ayse Vahiboglu of the Exeter Wheelers survived a nasty fall on a greasy cattle grid to scoop the ladies award.

Unfortunately the planned climb of Widecombe in the afternoon fell foul of the weather, with the second half of the climb still covered in fog at midday.

1 Ben Davis Bristol RC 0-08-01
2 Charles Coleman Velo Club Walcot 0-08-07
3 Tavis Walker Velo Club Walcot 0-08-08
4 James Dobbin Arctic-SRAM RT 0-08-09
5 Andrew Feather Exeter Whs CC 0-08-16
6 paul jones Bristol South CC 0-08-27
7 James Coleman Velo Club Walcot 0-08-39
8 James Davey Mid Devon CC 0-08-41
9 Daniel Strong Tavistock Whs CC 0-09-00
10 Glyndwr Griffiths Bristol South CC 0-09-10
11 Jordan Channon Tavistock Whs CC 0-09-17
12 Charlie Meredith Mid Devon CC 0-09-19
13 Dave Henderson Mid Devon CC 0-09-38
14 Ian Rowe North Devon Wheelers 0-09-44
15 Matt Vahiboglu Exeter Whs CC 0-09-52
16 Ben Hartridge Mid Devon CC 0-10-10
17 william Kelly Mid Devon CC 0-10-14
18 Malcom Chave Okehampton CC 0-10-33
19 andy everett Plymouth Corinthian CC 0-10-38
20 Martin Page Penzance Wheelers 0-10-49
21 Mark Jones Mid Devon CC 0-10-50
22 Marc Allen Swindon RC/Brunel Scaffolding/Hargroves 0-10-54
23 Isaac Rowe North Devon Wheelers 0-12-06
24 Ayse Vahiboglu Exeter Whs CC 0-14-26


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