The 2018 West Kent CTC / Cycling UK Hill Climb report and results


The 2018 West Kent CTC / Cycling UK Hill Climb was a great success

There were 22 riders and the winner was Alex Girdler who had see the event on the Web Site and taken the trouble to come all the way from Brighton to ride. Well done Alex and hope to see you again next year.

The event is mainly a competition between the individuals in the various West Kent Sections and most were represented on the day. The overall West Kent CTC winner was Paul McQuillen who’s name appears on the Martin Davis Hill Climb cup more than any other. Well done Paul.

Ages ranged from 6 – 82 and it was lovely to see 6 year old Gabriel Chown and 10 year old Sophie Ashlee, with her Mum Maria, also riding, along with veterans and everyone  in-between.

Thanks to all the riders, supporters and helpers who came.

Peter Ashlee.


The Prize Presentation Lunch will be held on 26th January 2019 at The Pavilion, in The Alexandra Suite at St.Mary’s Rd. Swanley.  (Please note this is NOT the same venue as last year), but is about 1 mile further on into Swanley Town Centre). The time is 12.30 for a 1pm lunch and the price is £21 (for a 3-course meal, coffee and mints. The Committee have again agreed to subsidise the meal this year).

Tickets must be ordered by Sat,12thJan.from Jean Tobin Wheelers,Stonehouse Rd.Halstead.TN14 7HN. (01689 852871) or email Cheques payable to West Kent CTC or-09-01-26 a/c No.18139283. Mrs.J.M.Tobin. (I must have your choice of menu with payment).

Starters.    Leek and Potato Soup.   Prawn Cocktail.  Tomato and Mozarella/salad.

Mains.       Roast Beef.  Chicken Supreme.  Roast Salmon Fillet.  Goats Cheese/Onion Puff Pastry Tart.

Desserts.   Warm Choc.Fudge Cake/whipped double cream.  Lemon Meringue Pie.   Fresh Fruit Salad. .                  both with cream OR Ice cream.

Tea/coffee and mints.              £21.

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