Hillclimbs 2017


21:23 Thu, 7 Sep 2017

Hillclimb season is here.

Sep 7th Quarry Hill, Stanton (VC Long Eaton-Club)
Oct 1st Monsall dale (Sheffrec-Open)
Oct 8th Polly Botts Lane (Leicestershire Road Club-Club)
Oct 8th Crich (South Pennine RC-Club)
Oct 21st Holly lane (Belper RC-Open)
Oct 22nd Bank Road (Matlock CC-Open)
Oct 22nd Riber (Matlock CC-Open)

Club events you can usually enter on the day, Open events usually close to entries 2 weeks before.
More info. on open events at https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk

If anybody is planning to enter any others,or has information on other local club events post below and I'll add them in.


21:23 Thu, 7 Sep 2017

What are the views on our Club Hillclimb date a venue.

Two discussions have materialised in the pub over the last few months.
1 The lightening tree hill climb: either ascend up No mans lane or the steeper approach as we did last time, this was very successful a few years back and it is local.

2 A double whammy: Climb up Wysall Rd approaching Bradmore rd (we could tie this in with the club Downhill champs and get all shapes and sizes out).

Given the dates above: November would be a good time.
Date and venue options please.

If someone has posted anything, apologies. Just direct me to it.


14:17 Mon, 25 Sep 2017

If we can I think it should be a stand-alone event, preferably held during hill-climb season (i.e., Oct or early Nov). And I'd also vote for No Man's Lane as the venue - it's local, it's a regular feature on club rides, and the race has a history there.

We've seen over the last 2-3 years that we just don't get the numbers out at more distant venues. No Man's Lane isn't the toughest hill around, but it's still a worthy climb, and it's easy to get to for both riders and spectators. As a club I reckon we're much better off with a well-attended event there, than with a handful of people riding up a steeper hill somewhere more distant.

PS. If we went for a double header with the downhill champs then I think we would need to move the date away from New Year. Doing a downhill run with a hangover is one thing, but I don't think you would get many takers to race back up...


15:39 Mon, 25 Sep 2017

Another alternative would be to ask another local club if we could run our event as part of theirs, and award the hillclimb trophy to the fastest BCC rider?
i.e. South Pennine at Crich 8th October?
Its a good ride out to Crich, , but we could do a steady social ride around the short sportive route if the weather is OK? Cafe stop at the hillclimb as it is up to the memorial tower.


21:31 Mon, 25 Sep 2017

I think the SPRC event is using the Farnah Green climb this year, not Crich.

I like the idea, but we've done the same thing with BRC at Terrace Hill for the last three years, and the turnout from BCC has been really poor. (I think seven was the most we got; one year only two BCC riders entered!) And that's with a pan-flat ride out. Maybe I'm too cynical, but I doubt we would do much better in Crich or Belper.


21:50 Mon, 25 Sep 2017

Yes a local event makes more sense. It was just a thought to make logistics easier.


6:43 Tue, 26 Sep 2017

Last year only BCC turned out in the rain sodden ride out there.
I just put the different thoughts out there. I agree the local event is much better.
I will happily do time keeping with another dates permitting.
Just need to confirm a date. Looks like middle or end of Oct is good, plus early Nov.
Guys do you want to punt for a date and then I will push out on social media.


7:31 Tue, 26 Sep 2017

Just had a phone call from BRC to see if we are joining them and I said probably not. After discussing dates we could do one event each to fit in with the above dates. BRC will do Terrace Hill as they have a history there whilst we can do No Man's Lane. The dates are 15th and 29th October which will enable riders to do two "local" hill climbs. Which date would we prefer? We do not as far as I know have stop watches (we may have a couple from the Corporate Games) and numbers so will need sort these or borrow. My opinion is that we start our own on No Man's Lane!


10:26 Tue, 26 Sep 2017

I have no strong preference on the dates. I suggest the people who are taking the time to organise it pick the date that suits them best. (I'm happy to help out on the day, but I'd also like to ride it.)

PS. One possible factor - Oct 29th is the day the clocks change, so if it was held then we would all get an extra hour to warm up stay in bed. :-)


12:34 Tue, 26 Sep 2017

we used Steve's stop watches for the corporate games.
I am sure we could buy some or borrow.
RAO I will speak with you to suss that out.


19:47 Tue, 26 Sep 2017

BRC have announced 29/10 as their date. So is everyone ok if we go with 15/10?


12:46 Thu, 28 Sep 2017

Sounds good. :-)


14:27 Thu, 28 Sep 2017

good for me


18:29 Thu, 28 Sep 2017


Apparently we're all set for the 15th. 👍🏻

Would be good if the club could get a good turnout for this, even if not everyone is racing - a hill-climb is always more fun if you've got spectators cheering people on.

Should we arrange a coffee/lunch stop afterwards too? Not sure what the best venue is, but we might get more people riding out if everyone knows there's coffee and cake afterwards.


10:46 Sun, 1 Oct 2017

will certainly promote to get as many out as possible.


11:05 Sun, 1 Oct 2017

Can Tom defend his title?


11:43 Sun, 1 Oct 2017

The few that remained at the end...


11:46 Sun, 1 Oct 2017

...in testing conditions.


11:47 Sun, 1 Oct 2017

I have posted on club FB and twitter, plus updated the ride post and put it on the News section on the home page.


13:03 Sun, 1 Oct 2017

Do we have final result/times for yesterday's event?


9:58 Mon, 16 Oct 2017

Yes - posted on Facebook yesterday:
Hill Climb Results
Tim Hoyle 2:38.97
Richard Alexander 3:00:54
James Byatt 2:50.72
Mark Jones 4:18.16
Tomas Miller 2:53.33
Phil Steptoe 3:53.52
Richard Ferguson 3:12.78
Tom Kite 2:44.69
Laura Owler 3:24.45
James Holt 2:49.69
Emily Walton 3:36.73
Alice MacArthur 3:51.34
Tom Southey 3:11.16
Phil Giles 2:47.37
Matt Jones 2:50.17


14:39 Mon, 16 Oct 2017

Thanks Richard. So the podiums were
1) Tim Hoyle
2) Tom Kite
3) Phil Giles

1) Laura Owler
2) Emily Walton
3) Alice McArthur

Sorted into order, those are:
1 - Tim Hoyle 2:38.97
2 - Tom Kite 2:44.69
3 - Phil Giles 2:47.37
4 - James Holt 2:49.69
5 - Matt Jones 2:50.17
6 - James Byatt 2:50.72
7 - Tomas Miller 2:53.33
8 - Richard Alexander 3:00.54
9 - Tom Southey 3:11.16
10 - Richard Ferguson 3:12.78
11 - Laura Owler 3:24.45
12 - Emily Walton 3:36.73
13 - Alice MacArthur 3:51.34
14 - Phil Steptoe 3:53.52
15 - Mark Jones 4:18.16


16:19 Mon, 16 Oct 2017

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