Car-park ride-off, Hart­ley frame­builders and our pick of your favourite rides

Urban Cyclist - - Contents - Words: James Witts Pho­tog­ra­phy: Chris Auld


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

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