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Scottish Hill Climb Championship 2008

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On a mild but blustery day on the north side of the Ochil Hills, Ben Abrahams (equipe Velo Ecosse – Montpeliers ) finally realised some of his potential and gave new team sponsors Harley Haddow engineering and Warners solicitors value for money with a surprise 17 second win in the Scottish Hill Climb Championship.

Abrahams left hot favourite Arthur Doyle (Dooleys) with only a silver medal, with perennial Jim Cusick (Glasgow Couriers) grabbing the bronze.

Scottish Hill Climb Championship
Ben giving it stick. Photo©Ed Hood

The organisers wisely changed the venue for the event in the light of farming and logging operations transforming the original climb — a contour scything brute up to Middle Third farm — into a Belgian cyclo-cross venue, thick with mud.

Instead, substituting the ‘Dunning Glen’ climb; as we used to know it back in the days when I did my winter training over these roads. Whilst not as savage as the original venue, it was longer and no cake-walk, especially with a brisk wind gusting down it.