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2018 NSW Hill Climb Championship (Mt Panorama)
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:31:55 AM »
The Bathurst Hill Climb - Badge of Honour:

The NSW Hill climb championships has been held on the same course at Bathurst for many years with the time recorded up the legendary Mt Panorama climb becoming something of a badge of honour as riders over the years compare the times and stories of their accent up the famous mountain.

With Mt Panorama recognised all over the world as incredible racing circuit, to take the title as the fastest up the climb each year using only human power at the state cycling championships is significant piece of history. However its prestige has been magnified further by the quality of cyclist that are on the events honour rolls, with both the King and Queens of Mt Panorama featuring Australian Open Road Pro Road Champions.

To often the NSW Hill climb championships is over looked by the spectators due to the hype of the action packed Criteriums and the steer scale of the B2B Challenge, however in 2018 the NSW Hill climb championships is special, as a couple of super climbers prepare to battle it out to be the fastest person up Mt Panorama.
 
It seems Aussie superstar Amanda Spratt’s record will never be broken, however the outright King of the Mount record looks under enormous threat as last year’s fastest man Michael Potter and the Elite Champion from 2016 Ben Dyball prepare to race up the mountain. You could be watching a bit of history on the Weekend at Mt Panorama.     
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Re: 2018 NSW Hill Climb Championship (Mt Panorama)
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2018, 02:13:44 AM »
Bathurst Reps in the 2018 NSW Hill Climb Championships.
The Local cycling club has an excellent record in the NSw Hill Climb Championships and will go into the 2018 Titles with a couple of defending Champions (Jim Lavis and Mark Windsor), Attached are some of the locals racing the 2018 Championships:-

Under15s - Luke Tuckwell
Under17s - Kalinda Robinson, Daniel Googe
Under 23s – William Hodges
Open - Bradley Rayner
Men (M1) -Stephen Dunstall
Men (M4) - Ryan O'Donnell
Men (M5) - David Reece
Men (M6) - Mark Windsor Tim Roebuck
Men (M8) - Jim Lavis
Women (M6) - Jillene Harris

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Re: 2018 NSW Hill Climb Championship (Mt Panorama)
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2018, 03:25:22 AM »
A New King of Mountain??
History Wise – the 2018 NSW Hill Climb Championship looks set to maybe change the record books. Amanda Spratts amazing climb up Mt Panorama has stood as the bench mark for well over a decade. However while the Girls lead by top seeds Maddison Beevirs (Elite Women) & Portia Rennie (U19s) battle to challenge the Multi-National Road Champion’s Time this year the Boys really have a shot at history including two recent winners on the Asian Circuit Ben Dyball and Michael Potter.   

Ben Dyball has already had success on Mt Panorama winning the NSW Elite Men Championship in 2016 (8:27.02), since then he has had a stint in Europe with the Delko Marseille KTM team. However this year he is back with the NSW based St George Continental Cycling Team and is thriving; riding brilliantly to podium in the prestigious Tour de Langkawi (2.HC) which include world tour teams such as Astana, Mitchelton and Dimension Data.
He then backed that up by defeating Tour de Langkawi winner Artem Ovechkin (Terengganu Cycling Team) to win the Tour of Thailand.

Meanwhile Northern Sydney’s Michael Potter has been on a path to the title of King of Mt Panorama for years winning the junior hill climb titles before talking the under 23 title last year and recording the fastest time overall (08:29.10). He too is in super form, surprising competitors on the Asian UCI Continental Road Circuit when he brilliantly won the Tour de Tochigi in Japan last month riding for his powerful Australian Cycling Academy.

Dyball and Potter will actually race in separate Titles, with Dyball in the Elite (open) Championship and Potter the U23 Title, however throw in a few other past and present NSW Champions like Brodie Talbot, Cameron Roberts & Gene Richards, plus top climbers such as Angus Calder & Sam Hill, there is little doubt that the outright climbing record up Mount Panorama which has stood for over a decade is under threat.

It will be worth being there on Saturday morning if history can be made and we get a New King of the Mountain.