Car-park ride-off, Hartley framebuilders and our pick of your favourite rides
LOCATION ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA, 21 JANUARY 2017 LATITUDE: 34° 55’43” LONGITUDE: 138° 35’ 55”
While Australian pro road racer Richie Porte was winning stage five of the Tour Down Under, the centre of Adelaide drew a similarly enthusiastic crowd for a bike race worlds away from the UCI WorldTour circuit. Porte tamed the notorious Willunga Hill en route to stage and, ultimately, race victory. But 120 riders lined up in the inner city for an even tougher challenge – the unique Car- Park Climb.
The raw urban backdrop of a multi-storey car park provided the backdrop for one long party, as crowds of over 1,000 united to the tunes of two DJs and, more importantly, two bars, stocked by Dutch brewing company A Bloc, who’ve just launched in the UK.
The convivial atmosphere soon dissipated for the riders, however, the serious racing starting in the middle of Rundle Place and ascending to the fifth floor 550m later.
A frenzy of action saw Daniel Hutchinson take the win in the men’s road category. Former speed-skater Lionel Mawditt finished second while Warrack Leach crossed the line third. In the women’s road category, pro riders Peta Mullens and Tiffany Cromwell were both edged out by Nat Redmond, who averaged an impressive 27.9km/hr.
In the men’s fixed- gear cat, it was Alex Kinnane who churned the pedals to victory at an impressive 28.3km/hr average, ahead of Howie Clarke and Simon Eglinton. In the women’s race, Gemma Kernich finished 3secs ahead of Catherine Seal-Yates and 6secs clear of Sue Woodwiss.
RESULTS Men (road) 1 Dan Hutchinson 2 Warrack Leach 3 Michael Howson Women (road) 1 Nat Redmond 2 Peta Mullens 3 Tiffany Cromwell Men (fixed) 1 Alex Kinnane 2 Howie Clarke 3 Simon Eglinton Men (fixed) 1 Gemma Kernich 2 Catherine Seal-Yates 3 Sue Woodwiss