The Hill Climb Classic - Sun 11th Oct - 9.30am start
'The Oldest Continuing Cycle Race in the World'
This prestigious event goes all the way back to 1886 and, with the exception of the war years, has been run ever since. The 2014 Hill Climb will take place on Sunday 11th October; 9:30am start. Entries are closed. Prior to the formation of the RTTC (governing body) it was considered to be the ‘Championship of All England’ and still attracts the very leading 'Hill-Climb' riders from all over the country, be they professionals or amateurs.
The challenge is Yorks Hill (click for map) a 707 yard climb with an average gradient of 12.5%, with two stretches of 25% which requires an all-out lung bursting effort to get up the climb. The current record of 1 minute 47.6 seconds was set by Phil Mason (San Fairy Ann CC) in 1983 and despite the inducement of various special prizes has not been broken for 31 years!
This is not only a sporting spectacle viewed by many hundreds but is also a social occasion providing an opportunity for an annual cyclist's 'get together'.