The rain finally stopped in time for the 64th Bec Open Hill Climb which saw Calum Brown (B38/Cycles In Motion) take the overall win from Craig Rogers...Read article
After a long absence, the Bec speed judging competition returned on Sunday 30th October. The 7.5 mile circuit based at Reigate Heath was used as in previous years although some riders were less familiar than others and maps were handed out at the start…just in case!
In this event, the emphasis is on judging your speed rather than riding fast and most riders were clearly fitter than they predicted and covered the circuit well ahead of their predicted time. Even reigning champion David Sharman was well inside his target time and afterwards explained that it was all a cunning plan to take the pressure off himself in 2012!
The event proved popular with racers and non-racers alike. Hill Climb organiser Garry Beckett made a rare appearance, former member Peter Nichol returned to try his luck and even Batman turned up to watch!
Club president, Keith Butler demonstrated his ability to ride at 17 miles an hour (some say that's as fast as he has gone all season) and took the trophy by being just 18 seconds outside his predicted time without the aid of any timing devices.