Crank Punk Coaching Systems: Jake Folkerd-Hobbs hill climb victory

i started working with Jake, 42, from England back at the tail-end of August. he’d identified this hill climb event that he was pretty soundly beaten in last year as his main aim for 2014.

he wanted the win this time around however. we had about 2 months to get cracking, and so we did, working on Jake’s power base and stamina whilst beginning to also get him ready for the short, sharp effort that the Maldon Hill Climb Championship required.

but crank on we did, punking a little here and there as we went, til the day was upon us. the night before i remember getting the sweaty palms and the tension i get when i have a race coming up, but it’s always worse when a client is racing!

the next day, some hours after the event and after wearing a hole in my carpet, i received a text from Jake.

“i won.”

bad-a-bing. awesome!

well done Jake, you join the illustrious ranks of crankpunk podium snafflers!

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Jake Folkerd-Hobbs in action


The Maldon Hill Climb Championship event was held in Lodge Road, Hazeleigh on Sunday 2nd November 2014.

Author: Lee Rodgers

Cycling coach, race organiser, former professional cyclist and the original CrankPunk.

2 thoughts

  1. ah – i have fond memories of this hill climb event. i picked up a medal when a junior in the late 80’s on this short climb – i may even have “won” it, but cannot now remember the colour of said medal. i say “won” because i think i finished with the fourth best time on the day, only to then see all/most of my mates with better times then get disqualified for riding up it on the wrong side of the (public) road – the opening bend is a sweeping right hander. I guess Jake’s “punk” training included telling him to keep left on this short effort…. 🙂

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