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Former Professional Road Cyclist Phil Gaimon Wins Mount Baker Hill Climb

Published 09/19/2023, 9:49 AM EDT

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On September 17, 2023, in a stunning display of cycling prowess, Phil Gaimon, the former professional road racing cyclist, made it to the top. His supreme reign marked his historic win in the 2023 Mount Baker Hill Climb, the first-ever sold-out edition of the event. Gaimon exhibited his prowess participating in a stiff competition with 370 other riders. 

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Phil Gaimon’s dominance in the competitive cycling division


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Although he has retired from racing, the cycling legend left behind fellow riders and spectators showcasing his indomitable spirit in the world of competitive cycling. The pro cyclist and the well-known author, Phil Gaimon has added yet another feather to his cap and blazed a trail to victory amidst the stringent competition. ( )

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The 2017 national champion in the USA Cycling Hillclimb exposed his exceptional skills by finishing the tough climb with a commanding time of 1 hour, 14 minutes and 42 seconds. Phil’s outstanding performance even after retirement startled Cal Skilsky, the winner of the past two years. He gave Phil a tough competition crossing the finish line with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, and 22 seconds, settling for fourth place. The other champions include Robin Watson who claimed the second position while Manuel Fehlmaan finished third. 


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Other record-breakers complementing Phil’s victory

Beyond Phil’s outstanding performance, the 2023 Mount Baker Hill Climb witnessed other significant victories. Alesha Miler became the first female to cross the finish line leaving a mark on the event. Her resoluteness backed up with her skills propelled her to an impressive accomplishment by securing the 27th position in such a competitive environment. 

On the other hand, Charles Lantz emerged victorious as the standout competitor in the recreational division. He made a notable record of finishing the race within a time-lapse of 1 hour, 34 minutes, and 12 seconds. Mount Baker Hill Climb is renowned for its diversity where cyclists of different ages can participate showcasing their varying skills, 70-year Bill MacMillan made records in the age category. Simon Turner emerged as the winner by displaying his community spirit and camaraderie in the social division. 


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The 2023 Mount Baker Hill Climb demonstrated itself as a celebration of cycling excellence acknowledging diversity in all its forms. However, Phil Gaimon’s dominant victory has secured the center of attention by continuing to preserve his dominant spirit even after retiring.

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Written by:

Soheli Tarafdar


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Soheli Tarafdar is a fresh Sports Viral Moments writer at EssentiallySports. With a postgraduate degree from Calcutta University, her academic foundation has been a cornerstone in her journey as a writer. Specializing in literature during her studies, she embarked on a writing career that initially led her to explore academic content creation.
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Yeswanth Praveen