Kuwertz shows skills in hills to round off strong campaign

    Matt Kuwertz

    Southborough & District Wheelers were well placed in the Catford Hill Climb on Yorks Hill, near Ide Hill.

    The event dates back to 1886, making it the oldest continuing cycle race in the world.

    A total of 150 riders took part, and Matt Kuwertz (2 min 10 sec) was the best-placed rider from Southborough, finishing in 25th place overall.

    Keith Henderson (2:16), Rory Barrett (2:29), Omar Malik (2:45), Miles Baker Clarke (2:46), Chris Duffy (2.58), Sam Gibbs (3.01), Kieran Fitzpatrick (3.08) and Carlos Martinez (3.30) were all well placed. The winner was Richard Bussell (AeroCoach) in 1 min 50 secs.

    In the East Sussex Cycling Association Hill Climb event on the Firle Borstal, near Beddingham, Lewes, the SDW team of Henderson, Kuwertz and Barrett won the hotly contested team event.

    This wrapped up a successful season for Kuwertz, who won the SDW hill climb trophy after a good result in the club event held on Kidds Hill, Ashdown Forest.

    SDW riders have also been competing in the London Cyclo Cross League, which was held on the Preston Park course near Brighton.

    Glen Whittington finished ninth in the senior race, with Cameron Preece in 46th place and Simon Millar 51st.

    Bruce Sandell finished 53rd in the Vet 40 race and Paul Greer 14th in the Vet 50 race. Pip Jenkins achieved a personal best finish of sixth place in her event.