Huck breaks his duck on Gamswell climb

If you asked anyone from Barrow Central Wheelers who they would want racing up a hill for them one name would be high up the list. That name would be David Huck, a man who just two years ago finished 4th in the National Hill Climb Championships against some of the best in the business. It might not have been such lofty competition on this week’s Gamswell Hill Climb but it certainly was a testing, energy sapping hill.

Situated on the outskirts of Ulverston, Gamswell Hill is a 1.8 kilometre torturous climb, rising almost 200 metres in total from top to bottom, with the final 400 metre stretch at an average gradient of 25%. This challenge was accepted by 24 riders representing an impressive 9 different clubs.

David (pictured left) had the advantage of following team mate Richard Helm up the the hill, giving him a target to aim at, whilst Richard (pictured right) would know he was ‘the hare’. Whatever the tactics, they spurred each other on, as for the first time this season the host club celebrated a 1-2 on the podium. David actually just failed to beat his own course record as his time of 4.56 mins was just a solitary second outside of it. Richard was 20 seconds further back with a time of 5.16 mins. Fraser Minnican of Lakes RC has been ultra consistent since racing recommenced and he was rewarded with a joint third place finish as his time of 5.25 mins was matched by Sam Lashley of CCCR.

Eva Newby (pictured right) representing Papyrus was first lady home in a brilliant time of 6.39mins , the third fastest time for a lady up the climb. At just 15 years old Eva could be capable of anything in the cycling world and is certainly going from strength to strength. On a night where PB’s tumbled another nine riders joined Eva in recording their course best. Fraser Minnican, Joshua Bailey, Phil Smith, Ian Barnes, Amy Whelan, Richard Morgan, Phil Craiker, Katie Miles and Henry Moss.

Sadly due to the unseasonable weather Wednesday’s time trial was cancelled. The next event sees riders tackling the Knotallow Hill Climb this coming Wednesday 9th September.

Last weeks results can be found here

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All photos used with the kind permission of Tony Johnston

Written By
Mark Curwen

Mark Curwen

Bowls Editor

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