Puller pulls into 1st with Millar in 21st at Bec Hill Climb

Jack Pullar was the victor at the Bec Hill Climb for the third year in a row, taking the win with a 1.49 despite a wet surface handicap.

An excitable crowd gathered to watch the event, in it’s 59th year, many bristling to see Grand Tour stage winner David Millar finish off his career with a bang taking part in his first hill climb – but he wasn’t to have a podium spot

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The last rider off, Pullar, of Starley Primal Pro Cycling was 4 seconds ahead of joint second place riders Glyndwr Griffiths (Arctic Tacx RT) and Dan Sullivan (Norwood Paragon).

Both Pullar and Griffiths have taken the top spot before, and rode on a wet surface as autumn rain began to fall on the 1 in 4 climb from Titsey, in Surrey.

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First for the ladies was Maryka Sennema, National Hill Climb champ and Kingston Wheeler, in 2.32, she was only 2 seconds ahead of Bella Leach, London Pheonix in 2.34.

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Fans came out in their hordes to see ex-pro, Garmin-Sharp rider David Millar, who completed the 700m climb in 2.03 – taking 21st place with a broken hand. Despite a career spanning 18 years, this was his first taste of a hill climb, though he had stated a desire to record the quickest ever time up the ascent in previous interviews. 

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Always well attended, the Bec Hill Climb is a historic event that’s always organised with perfect efficiency, this year attracting Ned Boulting, who promises to ride next year.

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And of course, 100 Greatest Climbs author Simon Warren, who will always ride, and then spend the rest of the event chasing riders with his 100 sign..

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 Two and a half hours and 150 riders to cheer in the autumn chill might seem a tall order, but the event is an annual celebration of cycling: pain,  suffering, and camaraderie.  Plus it’s a great chance to capture some of the very best pain faces of the year, and hang out with all your club mates at the top of a great big hill.

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