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Heck of a hill climb: Cyclists tackle steep White Rock street

Oxford Street hill a 'beast worthy of respect'

Talk about steep.

Several cyclists took on the challenge of racing up one of White Rock's most notorious streets in the Oxford Climb, a timed trial race on Oxford Street in the seaside city.

The course started near the beach and climbed more than 85 meters of elevation over 700 meters of road, also known as Oxford Hill. With sections exceeding a grade of 23 per cent, Oxford Hill is a "beast worthy of respect," according to the hill challenge website

People had the option to participate solo or in teams, with monetary prizes for first through third place.

Erin Tolfo and Brett Wakefield garnered $500 each for coming in first and fastest (3:08 and 2:08, respectively); second-place finishers Alexander Faser-Maraun (2:13) and Brittany Georgia Imlach (3:14) won $300 each, while third-place cyclists Nigel Kinney (2:24) and Heath Kay (3:54) won $200 each.



Tricia Weel

About the Author: Tricia Weel

I’ve worked as a journalist in community newspapers from White Rock to Parksville and Qualicum Beach, to Abbotsford and Surrey.
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