HMT Hospitals is supporting the Monsal Hill Climb in Derbyshire next Sunday. The event attracts a full field of 140 cyclists who will compete one at a time, 1 minute apart to see who can record the fastest time. Whilst only short in duration with the winner usually taking between 1 min 14 second and 1 min 20 seconds, it is an all out lung busting effort from bottom to top. The course is a one-in-six, 675 yard steep climb from 11am, on Sunday, October 5, with fans expected to be lining the route in scenes reminiscent of this year’s Tour de France which visited the region.
The beauty of this event is that amateurs and professionals compete against each other and the clock.
Competitors, including amateurs and pros, are being invited be take on the one-in-six, 675 yard steep climb from 11am, on Sunday, October 5, with fans expected to be lining the route in scenes reminiscent of this year’s Tour de France which visited the region.
Orgainser Marc Etches, of Sheffrec Cycling Club, said:
“Over the past few years the Monsal Hill Climb has proved to be very popular with 130 riders plus reserves taking part in 2013.”
The famous annual event was started by a few mates riding out to Monsal Head, in the Peak District, at the end of the track season and timing each other up the hill.
Following its launch in 1930, the annual event has gone on to attract over 100 riders from club level to seasoned professionals every year from all over the country.
Renowned ex-cycle pro Malcolm Elliott will be keeping a keen eye on the hot favourites after his remarkable record time of one minute and 14.2 seconds in 1981 has remained intact for 33 years.
Last year’s winner was Jack Pullar, of Madison Genesis, with Graham Briggs, of HMT sponsored Rapha Condor, in second place and Russell Downing, of Net App Endura, in third place. HMT supported rider James King of HARIBO Beacon competed last year winning the Junior Prize and finishing 5th overall.
The Healthcare Management Trust Chief Executive, Tony Barrett commented,
“It is an honour for HMT Hospitals to be supporting such a historic event, and one that really brings professional cycling close to communities. The Monsall Hill Climb gives local club cyclists the opportunity to compete against world-class athletes and serves to promote cycling in general. Cycling is a sport that aligns with our goal of promoting health and wellbeing to all ages and abilities, and that is epitomised in this event. Each year we see more and more people coming back to compete and spectate, and encouragingly for us we are seeing families riding their bikes to cheer on those racing.”
For those interested in spectating, full event details and rider listings can be found at: http://www.monsalhillclimb.org.uk/