Coverage from 2013 hill climb

This is an article October 2013, from Cycling Weekly, after winning the National Hill Climb Championship.

Prior to 2013, my best placed finish was 4th. In 2011, I had been one of favourites, but only finished 5th.  2013 was the ninth time I had entered the national hill climb championship; I guess it made a good story -ninth time lucky. At 36, I was also probably one of oldest people to win the championship too.

After the race, Cycling Weekly interviewed me quite a bit. They were interested in my cycling team – Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team – which takes its inspiration from spiritual teacher and keen athlete Sri Chinmoy. Also, I try and meditate before a race and get in a good space. On the Championship day, the weather on the Stang was really bad – high winds and rain. Usually I would spend time warming up on the roads, but the weather encouraged me to warm up less and spend more time in the car meditating. It wasn’t a great meditation if I’m honest, but it was still good to do.

Full article

The photo on first page is good. But!

  • My woolly socks weren’t very aerodynamic, I intended to take the second pair off, but it was cold. The person in the distance was my ‘minute man’ – the person who started one minute before. He was Sam Ward, who ironically got me to do my first hill climb for Otley CC back in 1993.
  • Number not put on properly. Someone accidentally started to take my number off in the HQ, and it didn’t get put back on properly.

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