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Phil Gaimon wins Podium Puppy at Super Fun Fondo Weekend!

Gaimon crowned 2019 World and American Hillclimb Champion - vows "to eat more cookies"

Mens Pro/Open Hillclimb World Champs 2019

Santa Barbara, Sunny Sunny California - Friday October 26 - Star of "Worst Retirement Ever" Phil Gaimon collected his new 2019 Hillclimb World Championship Jersey (made by Castelli) in the Mens Pro Open category.

Gaimon, "supposedly retired", narrowly beat current Trek-Segafredo pro Peter Stetina and James Walker up the infamous climb of Gibraltar Road. The list of stars lining up at Phil's Fun Fondo Weekend included; Latvian "potato lover" Tom Skujinš, Tim Johnson, Jessie Anthony, Abby Mickey, actor Michael Muhney and some guy called Fankie Andreu - to name just a few!

The top ten in the Mens Pro Open category included some other past and present legends of the sport including Ned Overend.

But it wasn't just the top guys who raced up Gibraltar, there was loads of categories, although we don't think there was a "just in your pants" category, as one rider took weight shaving to new extremes.

Other categories included Chefs, Womens Open pro, Tandems, Fixed Gear, Juniors, Over 70's and Clydesdale categories.

Photo: Why saw your bar ends off, just lose the spandex (UCI legal!) Credit: Fakie Frankie

Why saw your bar ends off, just lose the spandex (UCI legal!) Credit: Fakie Frankie

VIDEO: Pat tackles the Hillclimb Championships in just his Velo Guide Socks

The new Hillclimb World Championships took place before Phil's "Cookie Fondo" adding more fun and more cookies to the party weekend!

Phil was awarded a Podium Puppy by the Santa Barbara Humane Society at the award ceremony.

Phil was awarded a Podium Puppy by the Santa Barbara Humane Society at the award ceremony

Main sponsors Matt Construction, responsible for some of the biggest architectural feats in SoCal, have a big culture of wellness with their employees, with cycling as a big part and were out in force!

Main sponsors Matt Construction were out in force!

Big shout out to sponsors Clif Bar, Illy Coffee, Velo Guide, Velofix, Castelli Cycling, Oru CaseStrava and Sila Velo!

VIDEO: Peter Stetina chats to Velo Guide about the Hillclimb Championships

Former Professional cyclist Fabian Cancellara was unable attend the event, he was last seen eating cookies somewhere in Switzerland.

Former Professional cyclist Fabian Cancellara was unable attend the event, he was last seen eating cookies somewhere in Switzerland.

Be sure to find the official results at https://www.hillclimbworlds.com sometime soon.

You can sign up on the day this weekend at http://www.philsfondo.com.

DISCLAIMER: No animals, cyclists and more importantly, chefs, were mistreated during the weekend - may be just a few cookies!