Event Preview: David Millar’s final race at Bec Hill Climb

If you’re riding the Bec Hill Climb tomorrow, you’ll be in good company.

Garmin-Sharp’s David Millar has selected the event as the final race of his career and he won’t be riding up White Lane, in Surrey, just to win the event – he’s after a White Hill record time to top it off.

David Millar

The 37 year-old Scott has worn the Yellow Jersey at the Tour de France, won multiple stages, including one in 2012, and he also won a Giro ITT in 2011. He’s not just in it to win, he’s reported to have said:  “I’m not just going to ride uphill & wave goodbye… I’m going to have a crack at setting a new White Lane record in what will be my first ever hill climb TT, as well as my last race. It’ll be like going full circle on my cycling career.”

Racing for the women’s first place title will be tight, but with Maryka Sennema off on number 75, she looks likely to take the win. Winner of the 2013 CTT National Hill Climb Championship, the end of season hill climbs are a strength of hers and she’s put a heavy focus on achieving on the up hill gradients:

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This year’s Bec Hill Climb, which covers 700m and is primarily a 1 in 6 gradient, with sections of 1 in 4, will be the 59th of its kind, and it’s organised by Garmin-Sharp soigneur Garry Beckett – here’s his take on the way to ride it:

And a video from the 2012 event:

The weather for tomorrow is looking questionable, but not too much like a washout risk, which can play havoc over steep sections of tarmac:

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A full rider list has been published, and Bec have attracted a field of 150 riders (plus 15 reserves) for their closed roads event – hill climbs are notoriously enjoyable to spectate, and RideWriteRepeat will be there with camera in hand to catch the action.

To watch the event, rock up at White Lane before 2pm. The road will be closed and lined with spectators – so bike is the best form of transportation.

RIDERS
1 James Hughes (El Presidente) V Bec C.C. 14.01
2 Ed Simpson V VC de Londres 14.02
3 P.Gaida & S.House T Reading CC & Arctic Tackx 14.03
4 Roy Instrall V Morden CRC 14.04
5 Karin Brameld W Pearson Cycling Club 14.05
6 P. Tunnel & A.Green T Addiscombe CC 14.06
7 Tom Owen Rollapaluza CC 14.07
8 William Brassington J Dulwich Paragon CC 14.08
9 Sarah croucher W London Phoenix CC 14.09
10 Dylan Bexley V Dorking CC 14.1
11 Simon Lythgoe V Addiscombe CC 14.11
12 Chris Cook G S Avanti 14.12
13 Freddie Davidson J St Pauls CRT 14.13
14 Jon Pring Imperial College Cycling Club 14.14
15 Stefan Jooste Ful-on Tri 14.15
16 Samantha Whitehead W Bec CC 14.16
17 Lee Comerford London Dynamo 14.17
18 John Brameld V Pearson Cycling Club 14.18
19 Stanislav Cmakal London Phoenix CC 14.19
20 David Ambler J St Pauls CRT 14.2
21 Isla Aimee Rush W Wyndymilla 14.21
22 Paul Symes CC London 14.22
23 Andrew Croker V VC Rocacorba 14.23
24 Owen Cooper Norwood Paragon CC 14.24
25 Will Beresford London Phoenix CC 14.25
26 Tom Simpson J VC de Londres 14.26
27 Nicole Millar W VC Rococorba 14.27
28 Alfie Parkinson J VC de Londres 14.28
29 Mitchell Blain Mono Velo 14.29
30 Nathan Bloom J Regents Park Rouleurs 14.3
31 Helen McKay W Les Filles Racing Team 14.31
32 Dan Pateman V Kingston Wheelers CC 14.32
33 Chris Balkham Oxted Cycle Club 14.33
34 Aaron Espin Pearson Cycling Club 14.34
35 Nigel Downing Mukiwa VC Rocacorba 14.35
36 Ashley Nunn Addiscombe CC 14.36
37 Alan Miles Redhill CC 14.37
38 Tamar Vanderhaas W Lewes Wanderers CC 14.38
39 Alvaro Mari-Thompson Dulwich Paragon CC 14.39
40 Andy Corrigan V Pearson Cycling Club 14.4
41 Henrietta Colborne W Beacon Wheelers 14.41
42 Ewan Evans Dorking CC 14.42
43 Murray Davies J VO2 Maximum RT 14.43
44 Anthony Langdell V CC London 14.44
45 Richard Pearce VC Rocacorba 14.45
46 Chloe Weller W Norwood Paragon CC 14.46
47 David Sear Dorking CC 14.47
48 Oliver Craig Mono Velo 14.48
49 Craig Barton V 4T + Velo Club 14.49
50 Sam Turner J St Pauls CRT 14.5
51 Daniel Gilderthorp Norwood Paragon CC 14.51
52 Louise Laker W PMR @ Toachim House 14.52
53 Nick Christian Team De Ver 14.53
54 Nick Dibble V 4T + Velo Club 14.54
55 Jack Donaldson InGear Quickvit Trainsharp RT 14.55
56 Bella Leach W London Phoenix CC 14.56
57 Craig Wagstaff Regents Park Rouleurs 14.57
58 Joe Peake CC London 14.58
59 Dr Ian Prenelle V Finsbury Park CC 14.59
60 Virasamy Thippadu Dorking CC 15
61 Deborah Percival W 34 Nomads CC 15.01
62 Adrian Blacker V Norwood Paragon CC 15.02
63 Peter Harber J VC de Londres 15.03
64 James Lees Rollapaluza CC 15.04
65 Thomas Hawkes J Addiscombe CC 15.05
66 Ashley Dennis Banks/Catford CC Equipe 15.06
67 Christopher Zappala Look Mum No Hands! 15.07
68 Tom Freke Dulwich Paragon CC 15.08
69 Daniel Slotte The 5th Floor Cycle Club 15.09
70 Daniel Loveday Charlotteville Cycling Club 15.1
71 Simon Warren V Norwood Paragon CC 15.11
72 David Ross Velo Club Motel – SCU 15.12
73 Daniel Hills Imperial College Cycling Club 15.13
74 Joseph Clifford J Dulwich Paragon CC 15.14
75 Maryka Sennema W Kingston Wheelers CC 15.15
76 Daniel Pink Bigfoot CC 15.16
77 Joel Brassington V Dulwich Paragon CC 15.17
78 Issac Pucci Pure Motion Cycles/Gatorade 15.18
79 Ian Watson V CC London 15.19
80 Marcus Shields Ayr roads cc – SCU 15.2
81 Mark Fletcher V 4T + Velo Club 15.21
82 Russell Stephens V Dorking CC 15.22
83 David Hunt V Southborough & Dist. Whs 15.23
84 Tom Killick V St Pauls CRT 15.24
85 Paolo Nistri V Albarosa CC 15.25
86 Thomas Seller Oxted Cycle Club 15.26
87 Andrew thomas Dulwich Paragon CC 15.27
88 Conall yates In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT 15.28
89 Stuart Richards Clapham Chasers 15.29
90 Sam Humpheson Look Mum No Hands! 15.3
91 Daniel Sullivan Norwood Paragon CC 15.31
92 Frederic Chelet VCPBI – Foreign UCI reg’d 15.32
93 Christopher Booth Gosforth RC 15.33
94 Rory Barrett Southborough & Dist. Whs 15.34
95 Paul Vine V Wigmore CC 15.35
96 Paul Finch 4T + Velo Club 15.36
97 Andrew knight NFTO Race 15.37
98 Reuben Bakker-Dyos Bigfoot CC 15.38
99 Keith Henderson V Southborough & Dist. Whs 15.39
100 Matt Stephens Hemel Hempstead CC 15.4
101 Graham Collins Manningtree Whlrs 15.41
102 Russ Thompson V Performance Cycles CC 15.42
103 Barry Stewart Bigfoot CC 15.43
104 Grant Smith Crest CC 15.44
105 Ben Nichol Amersham Road Cycling Club 15.45
106 Cam Austin Look Mum No Hands! 15.46
107 Ewan Tuohy Banks/Catford CC Equipe 15.47
108 Nigel Smith V Southborough & Dist. Whs 15.48
109 Neil Lauder 4T + Velo Club 15.49
110 James Local London Dynamo 15.5
111 John Bland London Dynamo 15.51
112 Chris Wolton Southborough & Dist. Whs 15.52
113 Jack Verhoeff Addiscombe CC 15.53
114 Simon Potter Wyndymilla 15.54
115 James Griffin Kingston Wheelers CC 15.55
116 Matt Kuwertz Southborough & Dist. Whs 15.56
117 Nic Stevenson Westerley Cycling Club 15.57
118 Phillip Aubert Velosport RT 15.58
119 Gavin Arber Regents Park Rouleurs 15.59
120 Lawrence Symes OVB – Foreign (UCI registered) 16
121 Edward Cox Imperial College Cycling Club 16.01
122 Joe Norledge Procycling Magazine RT 16.02
123 Joshua Lawless Elite Cycling 16.03
124 Jason Creswell London Phoenix CC 16.04
125 Bill Bell Bigfoot CC 16.05
126 Richard Bussell Beacon Roads CC 16.06
127 Stan Kennet GS Stella 16.07
128 Steve Rodgers GS Avanti 16.08
129 Jon Hughes V VC Godalming & Haslemere 16.09
130 David Millar Garmin – Sharp Pro Team 16.1
131 Elliot Lipski In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT 16.11
132 John Cockrill Abellio – SFA Racing Team 16.12
133 Elliot Banks Imperial College Cycling Club 16.13
134 David Watt Kingston Phoenix RC 16.14
135 Peter Tadros V In-Gear Quickvit Trainsharp RT 16.15
136 James Graham Kingston Wheelers CC 16.16
137 Michael Lane Rollapaluza CC 16.17
138 Liam O’Toole Sheffrec CC 16.18
139 Edward Francis V Kingston Wheelers CC 16.19
140 Richard Cartland South Downs Bikes 16.2
141 William Adams Velosport RT 16.21
142 Jacob Nicholson Medway Velo Club 16.22
143 Glyndwr Griffiths Arctic Tacx RT 16.23
144 Charles Coleman Felt Colbournes Hargroves RT 16.24
145 Robert Gough Arctic Tacx RT 16.25
146 Tony Kiss Performance Cycles CC 16.26
147 Adrian Lawson V Cadence RT 16.27
148 Thomas Mead-Herbert Watford Velo Sport 16.28
149 Matthew Burton Velo Club Rutland 16.29
150 Jack Pullar Starley Primal Pro Cycling 16.3

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