S.C. rider conquers 'Monkey Hill'

By Sean Greene 12:41am, May 18, 2013
VIDEO: Riders describe going up 'Monkey Hill'
Andy Baker conquered the famed cobblestone climb and a field of some of the top cyclists in the country to win the 2013 Monkey Hill Time Trial as part of the Wilmington Grand Prix Friday evening.

The Greenville, South Carolina native raced his way around the 3-mile course incorporating most of Brandywine Park in 6:13, besting his Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team partner Ben Zawacki. Timothy Rugg of Kensington, Maryland finished third.

After the race, the talk was about the final 1/10th mile of the course, which is straight up hill from the Brandywine Zoo up to Warner Elementary School. Under your thin bike tires are the unforgiving cobblestones, which Dan Conlin of Wilmington says makes a tricky combination, especially at the end of the three miles.

"Imagine having a bag over your head because you can't breathe, being in a SUV without any shock absorbers, going as fast as you can but the steering doesn't work, you just go where the cobbles want you."

The race kicked off a three day festival of racing, highlighted by tomorrow's Wilmington Grand Prix which kicks off with a race at 8am along Market Street, and ends with the Men's Professional Tier 1 race at 4pm.

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