It's a perfect opportunity to mingle - and meet your new clubmates if you've recently joined us. Family, friends and guest riders are welcome to come along and cheer, then join us afterwards in the garden of the Dulwich Wood House pub.
The event itself is a light-hearted (but keenly contested) challenge to see who can climb the 0.5km / 18% ramp that forms the footpath the fastest. We have permission from Dulwich Estate, which owns the path and will be making a contribution to the local Leonard Cheshire home, by way of thanks.
And there are PRIZES to be won!!
(you can enter as many categories as you like ONCE)
Fastest Woman. Fastest Man. Fastest Junior (U-18)
Fastest Vet (40+) Fastest Super-vet (50+) Fastest Master (60+)
Wackiest Bike. Best Silly Outfit. Worst Kit. Fastest Fixie.
Fastest Folding Bike. Lanterne Rouge.
Fastest Newcomer (anyone joining the club in the last 3 months)
Fastest Child (U-12)
And OTHER SURPRISE SPOT PRIZES we'll award on the day.
Post by David Joss Buckley on Jul 16, 2018 14:31:30 GMT
Another great afternoon spent taken the hard way to the pub - and as always, eagerly contested. Fastest Man was Matthew Laws (00.51.1) Fastest Woman, Katy Murphy (01.15.2) and Fastest Junior (and best time of the day) Ed Davis (00.49.6) which I believe is a new course record, and hats off to Korous Driscoll (00.52.3) Fastest Newcomer. The old chaps had a say in things too: Fastest Vet (40+) James Tredray (00.56.4); Fastest Super Vet (50+) Jeremy Phillips (01.11.6) and Fastest Master (60+) Steve "I'm Really Built For The Track" Sorba with the stunnng time of 01.11.4 Well, it stunned me - he went up that hill like someone had offered to buy him a pint. There were two attempts on the Fastest Fixie, but James Corlett channelled his inner James Bond and took the honours with 01.00.7. Three other categories - Fastest Folder (01.44.1) Fastest CX Bike (01.31.1) Fastest Mountain Bike (01.02.8) - were all won by David Rees. To be fair he was the only contender in all three. And he only got one prize. He was still making up fresh categories and changing outfits like a Kylie concert gone crazy long after the rest of us were in the pub. But full respect for the effort. One rather more successful attempt at creating a whole new category was David Joneses "Fastest Crappy Bike Plus Fully Laden Child Seat Whilst Wearing A Rather Camp Version Of An Aussie Bushman's Hat Whilst Playing The Theme To Star Wars" (02.32.2) There's a prize waiting for you, David! Pete Owen made TWO assaults on the Silly Bike award and won a prize I'd bought from his shop just a couple of hours earlier. If anyone sees a waterproof phone case thingy for sale in Rat Race don't give him any money for it. Our youth policy was in the tender hands of Toby Tredray (02.26.6) and Matthew Puleston-Jones (03.02.0) - their dads should make the best of it, if experience tells me anything it's that they'll be kicking your a***s very soon with sub 0.50 times. The serious categories now. Nick Higgins took the award for the Nastiest Kit in a full suit of Mapei (inc socks) that reminded me of a dream I had once where I was being attacked by a giant tube of Smarties. Libby won Best Costume (lady) with a curious turquose skin suit topped off with a hairstyle that owed a lot to Jedward and an unfortunate hint of the film There's Something About Mary. Best Costume (gent) went to Justin Gillott, as some variety of Superhero, which involved wearing a full face covering. On a day when the mercury was touching 30 degrees and he'd just hammered up that 18% slope in 01.10.4 I felt he deserved more than the pair of socks he'd won. But not for long. Final award - the Lanterne Rouge - went once more to dear John Tymukas with a time of 01.53.4 - an effort made doubly astonishing by the fact that he didn't fall off for once. And I think he's hoarding rear lights.
Thanks again to all who helped, rode, yelled and timed. Especial thanks for Nick Higgins for his gift of two copies of his wonderful, recently-published and lavishly-illustrated book "Racing Bicycles", Libby for organising the after-event piss-up in the Dulwich Wood House, and of course The Dulwich Estate without whose support and permission we literally couldn't run the hillclimb.
A bucket raised £21 for the local Leonard Cheshire home: the club will lob in a further £50.