A firm favourite in the London hill-climber's training diary, Swains Lane promises the perfect combo of punishing inclines and little-to-no car traffic. Of course, that meant we had to include it in our summer hill climb series.
Climbing this monster never gets any easier, but with the course shortened to include less of the 'flat' part at the foot of the hill, this was a particularly tough trip to the top of Highgate Hill.
First off was Owen, who set down a modest time of 2'10", good enough to place firmly in the 'lower middle' portion of the table.
An early – and eventually victorious – time of 1'57" from new racer, Dom Wilson, set the standard very, very high. With Wilson followed onto the podium by Kingston Wheelers teammate, Miguel Pereira at 1'58".
Smith was fastest BBBCer on the night taking third place, with Evans and Woodall completing the top five.
A somewhat beleaguered Solomon completed the course, against explicit doctor's orders to the contrary, to come home in seventh. Donkin will be disappointed with his showing, placing eighth on a course one could arguably say is his 'home turf'.
Randall, riding his first event in the series after returning from injury placed eighth, with Foster completing the classement.
Last one on Tuesday 22 August. Be there. Puke up a kidney.