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2017 Bathurst Hill Climb Championship
« on: November 04, 2017, 10:24:48 AM »
Will Hodges wins his first Bathurst A Grade Championship.

The 2017 Bathurst Hill Climb Championship was again contested on the weekend in the lead up to the nab B2B Cyclo Sportif due the the club using a crucial section of the Blayney to Bathurst course to the top of the legendary Rockley Mount.

GPM Stulz Team riders Will Hodges and Josh Corcoran impressed in the championship finishing first and second in A Grade. Classy Cowra cyclist Will Hodges recorded 14min 29:90sec to defeat Team Mate Josh Corcoran by a mere 3.8 seconds and take his first Bathurst Open Mens A Grade Championship. The winner may be an indication of things to come as Hodges looks set for a big road season this year with the GPM Stulz Team.

Corcoran effort was also a good indication of the Bathurst youngster’s improvement over the last 12months as he was 5th in the 2016 Championship behind Mark Windsor and has taken minutes off his former best time to finish a close second on the weekend. Defending champ Mark Windsor was bumped of the podium altogether with when current NSW Elite Mens Track-Cycling medalist Jayson Austin putting in a late surge to better Windsor’s time by a couple of second and take the bronze. Park Tools rider Brad Rayner having to settle for 5th in A Grade after messing-up a crucial gear change on the steeper part of the climb and dropping a chain. 

Jono Culter recorded an impression time of 16min 15sec to win the B Grade Championship from good climber Steve Scott and the improving Steve Jackson. New rider Nathan Maher showed plenty of ability to finish 4th with Tim Roebuck defeating David McKellar to round out the top5.

Hayden Booth was another big winner in C Grade recording a time that could of made the podium in B grade. Dan Kirby again finished with the silver after finishing runner up last year as well. Dave Reece taking the bronze in front of Jed Powell and Greg Wells.

Bathurst Masters Star Rosemary Hastings has to work hard to defeat Norman Wise in D Grade. Only new to the sport Wise has been improving rapidly, particularly on the hill.

Top Female rider in the 2017 Championships was Jette McKellar. Jette was 4th in the Championship last year and defeated a number of high profile track riders with Brooke Tuynman 2nd and NSW rep Kalinda Robinson 3rd with Rosemary Hastings and Eliza Bennett rounding out the top 5